The FIA ERC3 Junior champion is rewarded with a beefy 2021 ERC Junior season in a novel-technology FIA vehicle. The expanded programme has been made most likely in consequence of the more accessible nature of Rally3 compared to Rally2, and is a obedient opportunity for Torn to step up to four-wheel pressure.
Ken Torn has made history as the first driver to verify his participation in the novel-for-2021 FIA ERC Junior Championship, which specifies the expend of Pirelli-outfitted Rally3 vehicles.
Torn used to be entitled to 2 ERC outings in 2021 in a Rally2 vehicle as his prize for a success the FIA ERC3 Junior Championship in 2020. In its save, he’ll use merit of a proposal to contest all six ERC Junior rounds in a four-wheel-pressure Ford Fiesta Rally3 developed by M-Sport Poland after his reward from ERC promoter Eurosport Events, supported by tyre firm Pirelli, used to be transformed to quilt the beefy ERC Junior season with additional make stronger from M-Sport Poland.
The prize conversion used to be most likely in consequence of the more accessible cost of competing in the novel Rally3 category, which motorsport’s world governing physique, the FIA, has developed as an cheap entry diploma for drivers aiming to style their skills in four-wheel-pressure equipment at regional diploma. The associated fee of a contest-willing Rally3 vehicle has been capped at €100,000.
Paving the system for future abilities
By graduating to the Rally3-based FIA ERC Junior Championship, Ken Torn is treading the ride that the 2021 ERC3 Junior champion will apply after confirmation from Eurosport Events that the eventual title winner will receive an ERC Junior prize pressure in a Ford Fiesta Rally3 bustle on Pirelli tyres in 2022.
Jean-Baptiste Ley, the ERC Co-ordinator, acknowledged: “The final dedication the FIA and Eurosport Events took in 2017 to style ERC Junior correct into a two-tier category per driver age and skills used to be performed to decide on up a logical ladder of development from two- to four-wheel pressure for drivers stepping up from nationwide to global competition. With the discontinue tier of ERC Junior for Rally3 as a replacement of Rally2 vehicles, that opportunity not only stays however will likely be strengthened in consequence of the lower bewitch mark and running prices of Rally3 vehicles compared to Rally2 vehicles. Ken Torn proved his skills in Rally4 equipment and now will get the chance to attain the same in the thrilling novel Rally3 class.”
Torn, 27, acknowledged: “Here’s a obedient opportunity for me to step up to four-wheel pressure, which is what all young rally drivers are searching out for to attain. The preliminary prize from Eurosport Events in a Rally2 vehicle used to be unimaginable however I must compete on as many occasions as most likely to enlarge my skills as I adapt to four-wheel pressure. Sadly, I don’t get the funds I must attain more occasions at Rally2 diploma, which makes the chance to compete on six rounds of a in actuality aggressive championship in the novel-technology Rally3 category one I’ll per chance presumably per chance not turn down. I’m very wrathful for the novel season and I can’t thank Eurosport Events, Pirelli and, pointless to claim, M-Sport Poland ample.”
Torn an actual recipient of expanded prize-pressure opportunity
Estonian ace Ken Torn steps up from two- to four-wheel-pressure equipment on the support of a success the FIA European Rally Championship’s ERC3 and ERC3 Junior classes in 2020 riding a Pirelli-outfitted Ford Fiesta Rally4 developed and bustle by M-Sport Poland. Kauri Pannas, who co-drove Torn final season, will continue to companion his compatriot after they obtained their class on four of the five ERC rounds in 2020 competing below the Estonian Autosport Junior Team banner.
Maciej Woda, Director, M-Sport Poland, has adopted Torn’s growth closely in contemporary seasons and has high hopes for the reigning ERC3/ERC3 Junior champion and his co-driver Pannas: “Ken and Kauri went from strength to strength on every ERC rally final season and in actuality save the Fiesta Rally4 through its paces, along side more weight to the narrate the Fiesta Rally4 is the vehicle to get for any driver searching out for to bewitch in their nationwide or regional Rally4 championship. With Kauri by his facet, we get every faith in Ken that he’ll be ready to adapt to the Fiesta Rally3 with ease and continue to level to his skills in the extremely aggressive European championship environment, whereas also showcasing M-Sport Poland’s novel-technology rally vehicle.”
Terenzio Testoni, Rally Manager, Pirelli, acknowledged: “We are very chuffed that Ken Torn is the first recipient of this prestigious ERC prize pressure in a Rally3 vehicle, which additional underlines our dedication to rallying at every diploma, and our dedication to again promising children manufacture doubtlessly the most of every laborious-obtained opportunity.”
FIA ERC Junior Championship 2021 calendar
Round 1: Rally Islas Canarias (Asphalt), Would possibly per chance 6-8, 2021
Round 2: 77th Rally Poland (Gravel), June 18-20, 2021
Round 3: Rally Liepāja (Latvia, gravel), July 1-3, 2021
Round 4: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt), July 23-25, 2021
Round 5: 50th Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Asphalt), August 27-29, 2021
Round 6: Rally Hungary (Asphalt), October 22-24, 2021