2017 Junior World Rally Championship

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2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship
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The 2017 FIA Junior World Rally Championship was the sixteenth season of the Junior World Rally Championship, an auto racing championship recognised by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile, running in support of the World Rally Championship.

The Junior World Rally Championship was open to drivers born after 1 January 1988—although no such restriction existed for co-drivers—and they competed in identical one-litre Ford Fiesta R2s built and maintained by M-Sport, with DMACK tyres. Crews who contested the Junior World Rally Championship were also eligible to score points in the World Rally Championship-3. The championship was competed over six European WRC rounds.[1] Nil Solans was crowned champion at the end of the season.[2]

Calendar[edit]

The final 2017 Junior World Rally Championship calendar consisted of six European events, taken from the 2017 World Rally Championship.[3]

Round Dates Rally name Rally headquarters Rally details
Start Finish Surface Stages Distance
1 7 April 9 April France Tour de Corse Bastia, Haute-Corse Tarmac 10 316.76 km
2 9 June 11 June Italy Rally Italia Sardegna Alghero, Sardinia Gravel 19 312.66 km
3 30 June 2 July Poland Rally Poland Mikołajki, Warmia-Masuria Gravel 23 318.47 km
4 28 July 30 July Finland Rally Finland Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi Gravel 25 314.20 km
5 18 August 20 August Germany Rallye Deutschland Trier, Rhineland-Palatinate Tarmac 21 309.17 km
6 6 October 8 October Spain Rally Catalunya Salou, Tarragona Mixed 19 312.02 km
Source:[3][1]

Entries[edit]

The following crews competed in the championship.

Drivers Co-drivers Rounds
Bolivia Sebastian Careaga Argentina Claudio Bustos 1
Spain Rodrigo Sanjuan 2–3
France Nicolas Ciamin France Thibault de la Haye 1–6
Republic of Ireland Robert Duggan Republic of Ireland Gerard Conway 1
United Kingdom Tom Woodburn 2
France Terry Folb France Christopher Guieu 1–6
Finland Emil Lindholm Finland Tomi Tuominen 3–4
Estonia Miko-Ove Niinemaë Estonia Martin Valter 1–2
Sweden Dennis Rådström Sweden Johan Johansson 1–4, 6
Spain Nil Solans Spain Miquel Ibáñez 1–6
Germany Julius Tannert Austria Jürgen Heigl 1–6
Belgium William Wagner France Kévin Parent 1
United States Dillon van Way United Kingdom Dai Roberts 1–4
Source:[4][5][6][7][8][9]

Regulation changes[edit]

The series will change from using Citroën DS3 R3Ts with Michelin tyres, to use Ford Fiesta R2 prepared by M-Sport with DMACK tyres.[1]

The championship will also adopt the prize format of the Drive DMACK Fiesta Trophy in which the season will be divided into "stages" and a prize awarded to the top-placed driver in each stage (contrary to the previous Junior World Rally Championship, in which there was only one prize). The driver with most points after the first two rallies will be awarded two drives in the 2018 World Rally Championship-2 in a Ford Fiesta R5. The driver with most points scored in the second pair of rallies will win an equal prize, as will the top-placed driver in the third pair of rallies. Additionally, an extra prize drive will be awarded to the overall winner of the category.[1]

Season report[edit]

The season started with the Tour de Corse where Nil Solans won the event from start to finish. After building a lead of more than 40 seconds in the first Leg, he managed he was chased by local Terry Folb, until a driveshaft problem made him lost his second place to fellow Frenchman Nicolas Ciamin.[10]

Results and standings[edit]

Season summary[edit]

Round Event name Winning driver Winning co-driver Winning time Report
1 France Tour de Corse Spain Nil Solans Spain Miquel Ibáñez 3:53:44.4 Report
2 Italy Rally Italia Sardegna Spain Nil Solans Spain Miquel Ibáñez 4:00:07.8 Report
3 Poland Rally Poland Spain Nil Solans Spain Miquel Ibáñez 3:17:47.0 Report
4 Finland Rally Finland France Nicolas Ciamin France Thibault de la Haye 2:57:23.4 Report
5 Germany Rallye Deutschland Germany Julius Tannert Austria Jürgen Heigl 3:30:54.4 Report
6 Spain Rally Catalunya Spain Nil Solans Spain Miquel Ibáñez 3:29:02.3 Report

FIA Junior World Rally Championship for Drivers[edit]

Points are awarded to the top ten classified finishers. An additional point is given for every stage win.

Position  1st   2nd   3rd   4th   5th   6th   7th   8th   9th   10th 
Points 25 18 15 12 10 8 6 4 2 1
Pos. Driver FRA
France
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
SPA
Spain
Points
1 Spain Nil Solans 1+4 1+8 1+9 2+5 2+4 1+10 176
2 France Nicolas Ciamin 2+2 2+4 3 1+11 3+10 5+7 135
3 France Terry Folb 3+4 4+2 4+5 Ret+4 4+7 2+1 92
4 Germany Julius Tannert 4 3 5 4+1 1 3 90
5 Sweden Dennis Rådström 5 5+1 2+6 3+4 4+1 77
6 United States Dillon Van Way 8 7 6 5 WD 28
7 Republic of Ireland Robert Duggan 6 6+4 WD 20
8 Bolivia Sebastian Careaga 7 8 7 WD WD 16
9 Finland Emil Lindholm 8+1 Ret+1 6
10 Estonia Miko-Ove Niinemäe 9 Ret WD 2
Pos. Driver FRA
France
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
SPA
Spain
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

FIA Junior World Rally Championship for Co-Drivers[edit]

Pos. Co-driver FRA
France
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
SPA
Spain
Points
1 Spain Miquel Ibáñez 1+4 1+8 1+9 2+5 2+4 1+10 176
2 France Thibault de la Haye 2+2 2+4 3 1+11 3+10 5+7 135
3 France Christopher Guieu 3+4 4+2 4+5 Ret+4 4+7 2+1 92
4 Austria Jürgen Heigl 4 3 5 4+1 1 3 90
5 Sweden Johan Johansson 5 5+1 2+6 3+4 4+1 77
6 United Kingdom Dai Roberts 8 7 6 5 WD 28
7 United Kingdom Tom Woodburn 6+4 WD 12
8 Spain Rodrigo Sanjuan 8 7 WD WD 10
9 Republic of Ireland Gerard Conway 6 8
10 Argentina Claudio Bustos 7 6
11 Finland Tomi Tuominen 8+1 Ret+1 6
12 Estonia Martin Valter 9 Ret WD 2
Pos. Co-driver FRA
France
ITA
Italy
POL
Poland
FIN
Finland
GER
Germany
SPA
Spain
Points
Key
Colour Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green Points finish
Blue Non-points finish
Non-classified finish (NC)
Purple Did not finish (Ret)
Black Excluded (EX)
Disqualified (DSQ)
White Did not start (DNS)
Cancelled (C)
Blank Withdrew entry from
the event (WD)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "M-Sport and D-Mack Power 2017 Junior WRC". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 6 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "Solans Secures Title". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "2017 WRC dates confirmed". wrc.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 29 September 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tour de Corse Entry List" (PDF). tourdecorse.com. tourdecorse.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-03-18. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ "Rally Italia Entry List" (PDF). rallylink.it. Rallylink. Retrieved 19 May 2017. 
  6. ^ "Rally Poland Entry List" (PDF). rajdpolski.pl. rajdpolski.pl. Retrieved 5 June 2017. 
  7. ^ "Rally Finland Entry List" (PDF). nesterallyfinland.fi. nesterallyfinland.fi. Retrieved 30 June 2017. [permanent dead link]
  8. ^ "Rallye Deutschalnd Entry List" (PDF). adac-rallye-deutschland.de. adac-rallye-deutschland.de. Retrieved 31 July 2017. 
  9. ^ "Rally Spain Entry List" (PDF). rallyracc.com. 19 September 2017. Retrieved 19 September 2017. 
  10. ^ "Junior WRC in Corsica: Solans claims opener". WRC.com. WRC Promoter GmbH. Retrieved 13 April 2017. 

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