World Rally Championship-2
CategoryGroup Rally2
CountryInternational
Inaugural season2013
Tire suppliersP
Drivers' championNorway Andreas Mikkelsen
Co-Drivers' championNorway Torstein Eriksen
Teams' championItaly Movisport
Official websitewww.wrc.com
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Current season

The FIA World Rally Championship-2 or WRC-2, is a support championship of the World Rally Championship. The calendar consists of the same rallies and stages as the main class and crews usually compete immediately after. WRC-2 is limited to production-based cars homologated under Group Rally2 (or previous R5) rules. There are separate championship titles awarded to Teams, Drivers and Co-Drivers (including titles for Juniors under 30 years old) and also a Masters Cup for drivers aged over 50. The current format began in 2013 with the introduction of Group R and WRC-2 replaced what was formerly known as Super 2000 World Rally Championship or S-WRC.

History

Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC)

In 2010 the long established Production World Rally Championship (P-WRC), which was previously open to both Super 2000 and Group N4 cars, split into two separate championships for each class.[1] P-WRC retained the Group N cars whilst the new series for Super 2000 cars was called Super 2000 World Rally Championship (S-WRC). There was also a World Rally Championship Cup for Teams within the S-WRC but this was discontinued after 2010. In 2011, R4 cars from Group R were eligible to enter followed by the addition of Regional Race Cars (RRC), a sub-class of Super 2000, in 2012.

World Rally Championship 2 (WRC-2)

With the introduction of the R5 in Group R in 2013, the eligibility rules were further relaxed to allow R5 and four wheel drive Group N cars too.[2] This essentially merged P-WRC and S-WRC back into one competition and the championship was renamed WRC-2, whilst a separate WRC-3 championship for two wheel drive cars also introduced at the same time.[3][4] Between 2013 and 2015 two additional titles were also contested, WRC 2 Production Car Cup for Drivers and Co-Drivers were contested by those driving Group N cars.[5] In 2019 the eligibility rules were changed once again and only R5 cars could enter.[6] The R5 class was renamed to Rally2 in 2019 and cars previously homologated in R5 are still eligible to compete as Rally2.

World Rally Championship-2 Pro

World Rally Championship-2 Pro was introduced in 2019 as a means of encouraging manufacturer-supported entries to join the category and in response to complaints that privateers could not compete with the resources of existing factory teams.[7] Entirely separate manufacturer, driver and co-driver championships were created for WRC2Pro, open to manufacturer entries only whilst WRC2 remained for smaller teams and privateers. Competing in cars built to R5 specifications, teams were permitted to enter two crews per event. Entries had to contest a minimum of eight rallies, including one outside Europe. Only the eight best results would contribute to the Pro class championship.[8] The series was abandoned after only one year with privateers encouraged to enter a new version of WRC3.

Rules

In the 2022 season teams and individuals may enter WRC2. To score in the WRC2 Championship for Teams on any rally teams must enter and start with two cars. Teams may enter a maximum of 6 rallies in Europe with the best 5 results contributing to the championship points. Teams are also permitted to enter a seventh rally outside Europe for bonus points.

Drivers and/or Co-Drivers must enter a maximum 7 rallies and the best 6 results contribute to championship points. Drivers born on or after 1 January 1992 are automatically considered for the Junior championship providing they have not previously won WRC2 or WRC3, or have ever been nominated to score points in the WRC manufacturers championship. The Masters Cup, introduced in 2022, is for drivers born on or before 1 January 1972 to run alongside WRC2. Power Stage points are awarded to the fastest three drivers, on a 3, 2 then 1 point basis.

Teams, drivers and co-drivers need to indicate on the entry form for each rally if they intend to nominate it as one of their scoring rounds. For this reason (and the requirement for teams to enter two cars), it is not unusual for teams, drivers and co-drivers to enter every round yet nominate and score points in different rounds. Prior to the introduction of nominated events, the first 7 results counted which may have encouraged non-participation on certain events.

Eligible models

Ford Fiesta Rally2
Ford Fiesta Rally2
Peugeot 208 T16 R5
Škoda Fabia Rally2 Evo
Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000, one of the most popular Super 2000 rally cars
Fiat Grande Punto Abarth S2000, one of the most popular Super 2000 rally cars
Ford Fiesta S2000
Peugeot 207 S2000
Volkswagen Polo S2000

The following Rally2 or R5 cars are currently eligible for entry into WRC2:

Historic eligibility

The following Super 2000 rally cars were eligible to compete in S-WRC and WRC-2 up to the end of 2016:

The following RRC (Regional Race Car) were eligible to compete in S-WRC in 2012 and WRC-2 up to the end of 2016:

The following cars were eligible under the R4 or N4 rules between 2013-2016:

Results

Drivers' Championship

S-WRC and WRC-2

Year Champion Car 2nd place Car 3rd place Car
WRC-2
2021 Norway Andreas Mikkelsen Škoda Fabia Rally2 evo Norway Mads Østberg Citroën C3 Rally2 Finland Jari Huttunen Hyundai i20 R5
Hyundai i20 N Rally2
Ford Fiesta Rally2
2020 Norway Mads Østberg Citroën C3 R5 Sweden Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 evo France Adrien Fourmaux Ford Fiesta R5 Mk. II
2019 France Pierre-Louis Loubet Škoda Fabia R5
Škoda Fabia R5 evo
Poland Kajetan Kajetanowicz Volkswagen Polo GTI R5
Škoda Fabia R5
Mexico Benito Guerra Jr. Škoda Fabia R5
Škoda Fabia R5 evo
2018 Czech Republic Jan Kopecký Škoda Fabia R5 Sweden Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 Finland Kalle Rovanperä Škoda Fabia R5
2017 Sweden Pontus Tidemand Škoda Fabia R5 France Eric Camilli Ford Fiesta R5 Finland Teemu Suninen Ford Fiesta R5
2016 Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia R5 United Kingdom Elfyn Evans Ford Fiesta R5 Finland Teemu Suninen Škoda Fabia R5
2015 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC
Škoda Fabia R5
Ukraine Yuriy Protasov Ford Fiesta RRC Finland Esapekka Lappi Škoda Fabia R5
2014 Qatar Nasser Al-Attiyah Ford Fiesta RRC Finland Jari Ketomaa Ford Fiesta R5 Italy Lorenzo Bertelli Ford Fiesta R5
Ford Fiesta RRC
2013 Poland Robert Kubica Citroën DS3 RRC Qatar Abdulaziz Al-Kuwari Ford Fiesta RRC Ukraine Yuriy Protasov Subaru Impreza STi R4
Ford Fiesta RRC
Ford Fiesta R5
S-WRC
2012 Republic of Ireland Craig Breen Ford Fiesta S2000 Sweden Per-Gunnar Andersson Proton Satria Neo S2000 Saudi Arabia Yazeed Al-Rajhi Ford Fiesta RRC
2011 Finland Juho Hänninen Škoda Fabia S2000 Estonia Ott Tänak Ford Fiesta S2000 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000
2010 Spain Xavier Pons Ford Fiesta S2000 Sweden Patrik Sandell Škoda Fabia S2000 Czech Republic Martin Prokop Ford Fiesta S2000

WRC-2 Pro

Year Champion Car 2nd place Car 3rd place Car
2019 Finland Kalle Rovanperä Škoda Fabia R5
Škoda Fabia R5 evo
Norway Mads Østberg Citroën C3 R5 United Kingdom Gus Greensmith Ford Fiesta R5
Ford Fiesta R5 Mk. II

Statistics

Round wins

Updated after 2022 Rally New Zealand.

S-WRC and WRC-2

WRC-2 Pro

Gallery

See also

Footnotes

References

  1. ^ "2010 FIA WRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF).((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "2013 FIA WRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF).((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ "Rally – Exciting Changes in WRC for 2013". 29 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Exciting changes for 2013 WRC". www.nesterallyfinland.fi. Archived from the original on 2018-02-02.
  5. ^ "FIA 2013 WRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF).((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "FIA 2019 WRC Sporting Regulations" (PDF).((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ Herrero, Daniel (13 October 2018). "Australia remains finale on 2019 WRC calendar". speedcafe.com. Speedcafe. Retrieved 13 October 2018.
  8. ^ Evans, David (6 December 2018). "FIA reveals more details of WRC support structure in 2019". autosport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved 6 December 2018.