Welcome to the 2021 FIA European Rally Championship, the ultimate training ground for young hopefuls aiming for the top. Providing a clear path of progression from national level to the world stage, the oldest international rally series in existence is also open to all-comers, meaning age is no barrier to competing.

New-era ERC calendar unveiled
WRC Promoter has revealed a high-octane calendar for the 2022 ERC – its first since being awarded the series’ promotional rights last year.

The eight-round schedule comprises four gravel fixtures and three asphalt events. Details of the season-closing round are to be confirmed.

All seven named rounds in Portugal, Spain, Poland, Latvia, Italy and Czech Republic were on the 2021 ERC schedule and WRC Promoter managing director Jona Siebel said he wanted to honour event contracts made with former promoter Eurosport Events.

“This is a strong calendar of rallies which are popular with competitors and also proven fan-favourites,” he said after the dates were confirmed by the FIA World Motor Sport Council in Paris on December 15.

“We’ll take time to consider the calendar for future years, but it’s no secret we want a diverse fixture list which mixes new rallies with long-standing and well-liked rounds.”

WRC Promoter has owned the FIA World Rally Championship’s (WRC) commercial rights since 2013. Siebel said adding the ERC to its portfolio provided the opportunity to bring the two series closer.

“As well as an important championship in its own right, we view ERC as a WRC talent finder. We want the two series to fit like a hand and glove and we’ll simplify the path for competitors to progress from one to the other,” he added.

The 2022 calendar in detail
The season roars into action with a dirt double-header in Portugal. The opening fixture in the northern Fafe region in mid-March is followed two weeks later by a trip to the Azores islands in the mid-Atlantic.

The abrasive asphalt of Rally Islas Canarias is next up in mid-May, before the opening half of the season concludes on fast gravel roads in northern Poland a month later.

Latvia’s loose-surface tracks launch the second half of the campaign on the opening weekend of July, ahead of popular asphalt events in Rome at the end of the month and in Zlin in the Czech Republic five weeks later.

The championship concludes at a still-to-be confirmed closing event.

Round 1: Rally Serras de Fafe e Felgueiras (Portugal, gravel), March 12-13, 2022
Round 2: Azores Rallye (Gravel), March 26-27, 2022
Round 3: Rally Islas Canarias (Asphalt), May 13-14, 2022
Round 4: Rally Poland (Gravel), June 11-12, 2022
Round 5: Rally Latvia (Gravel), July 2-3, 2022
Round 6: Rally di Roma Capitale (Italy, asphalt), July 23-24, 2022
Round 7: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Asphalt), August 27-28, 2022
Round 8: TBC

ERC Junior to the 4 following FIA announcement
The FIA ERC Junior Championship will be streamlined and run as the ERC4 Junior Championship from 2022.

Following the creation of a two-tier structure in 2017, ERC4 Junior is for Rally4 and Rally5 cars equipped with tyres from official partner Pirelli.

ERC4 Junior drivers will count their best five scores from a possible six with the winner receiving a prize drive in the Rally3-based FIA Junior WRC Championship in 2023.

Further information, including details of the six-event calendar, will be announced in due course.

Click HERE to view the latest FIA Rally Newsletter from the FIA Rally Department.

Power Stage excitement comes to ERC
From 2022, the ERC will emulate the WRC by including a bonus-points paying live TV Power Stage to close each round.

The fastest five top-level ERC1 category drivers in the final special stage will win extra points on a sliding 5-4-3-2-1 scale. With up to 40 additional points available across the season, vital tenths of a second gained here can significantly boost a driver’s title challenge.

As well as being broadcast on WRC+ All Live (see below), the Power Stage will be broadcast live on international networks.

The introduction of a Power Stage means that bonus points will no longer be awarded after each leg.

Campbell heads up ERC organisation
WRC Promoter has named the experienced Iain Campbell as ERC manager. He will take up the position in January 2022 to work with events, teams, competitors and partners.

The Scot possesses two decades of rally administration. He most recently managed the British championship and is a former Rally GB clerk of the course. He has also chaired the stewards at WRC rounds.

“We’re not planning huge changes for 2022 but I’ll be keeping a keen eye on ideas for the future as the season progresses,” Campbell said. “It’s great to take up this role at the start of WRC Promoter’s ERC tenure and I can’t wait to get started.”

ERC joins WRC+ platform
Fans can follow the thrills and spills of next season’s ERC through WRC Promoter’s WRC+ streaming platform at http://wrcplus.com/.

WRC+ has been the go-to location for fans to follow the WRC since 2018. Now WRC Promoter has added ERC to its portfolio, fans will also enjoy edge-of-the-seat drama from Europe’s leading series.

Every special stage from each round will be streamed live and on demand for fans to watch whenever, wherever and however they want.

An experienced presenting team will bring key stories, interviews and features. Breathtaking onboard footage, real-time GPS and live maps completes the on-event package. Away from rallies, fans can enjoy a packed archive of videos, reviews, historic specials and documentaries.