More changes for 2018 JWRC
Following the FIA’s recent announcement of the 2018 calendar, M-Sport manager, Andrew Wheatley, outlined more details about the 2018 Junior WRC championship before the start of Wales Rally GB.
“I confirm that following Rally Sweden we will then go to Corsica, Portugal, Finland and Turkey. We have been looking into refreshing the JWRC concept and refreshing the championship, bearing in mind this is the championship that bought many stars to WRC world including Sebastien Loeb, Sebastien Ogier, Pontus Tidemand, Elfyn Evans and Craig Breen”.
After the surprising result of the revamped fund prize in 2017, when Nil Solans scooped all 2018 prize drives, Wheatley added: “For next year (2018) the main difference is the prize allocation. The winner of 2018 Junior WRC will become the owner of brand new Ford Fiesta R5.
“The reason behind this is that we want the drivers to be able to not only compete in WRC2 in the following season, but also do all the testing and the preparation required.”
“This will enable the winning driver to get more familiar with the car, spend more time in the car, and can adjust the programme to their needs.”
“We are working with our partners and we can already guarantee that there will be no WRC2 registration, there will be free fuel for WRC2 and there will be a good free tyre package for the winner of Junior WRC.”
“There is another change for 2018. Until now we have been invoicing or charging in pounds sterling, which is always subject to exchange rate.”
“People were saying actually if you were invoicing in Euros it would be easier to know at the start of the season what is going to be the cost of the season.”
“For next year (2018) the cost for competing the season is 139,500 euros for five rallies.”
“Results from four rallies out of five will count, there will be double points on the last round, Rally Turkey.”
“There will also be an additional one point for each JWRC stage win, as it was this year.”