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M-SPORT POLAND TO CONTINUE FIA JUNIOR WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2019

The FIA Junior World Rally Championship will continue to be managed by M-Sport Poland in 2019. Operating on an arrive-and-drive basis with identical one-litre EcoBoost Ford Fiesta R2s, the popular series will continue to provide a cost-effective platform for some of the world’s most promising young drivers to showcase their skills on the world stage.

Pirelli remain onboard as a loyal and valued partner and the championship will include five rounds on a variety of surfaces. The best four points finishes count towards the championship, and double points will be awarded at the season finale. Additional points for each stage win also remain on offer – encouraging the competitors to push throughout the entire weekend.

The calendar will be confirmed before the end of the year and one of the biggest prizes in motorsport remains up for grabs – ownership of a brand-new Ford Fiesta R5 with free registration into the 2020 WRC 2 Championship as well as a generous tyre package from Pirelli.

This year saw an impressive 15 crews from 12 different countries register for the championship, and M-Sport Poland are keen to see the high levels of attendance and talent continue into their ninth year of running a one-make Fiesta series on the world stage. 

Next year’s selection is open to drivers born on or after 1 January 1990 and competitors will have their chance to follow in the footsteps of previous champions such as Sébastien Loeb, Dani Sordo, Sébastien Ogier, Craig Breen and Elfyn Evans – all of whom went on to succeed at the sport’s very highest level.

FIA Junior World Raly Championship Manager, Maciej Woda, said:

“We’re delighted that the FIA has chosen M-Sport Poland to continue managing the Junior World Rally Championship in 2019. It’s excellent news for us and our partners – and very rewarding for the team who have worked extremely hard to deliver a strong and competitive championship. The competition this year has been incredible. We’ve witnessed some extremely close-fought rivalries – and seen some real stars of the future – and we’ll be working hard to see that continue next year.”

Pirelli Rally Activity Manager, Terenzio Testoni, said:

“Supporting young drivers has always been at the heart of Pirelli’s motorsport philosophy, especially in rallying. The result is at least one factory driver in every World Rally Championship manufacturer team this year who has got to where they are with the help of Pirelli. This is a legacy we are determined to continue into the future, so it was a natural decision for us to continue to partner with M-Sport Poland and the FIA Junior World Rally Championship into 2019.”