Citroen launches the C2 Junior Experience In Swansea (Wales) today, Citroen Sport's Customer Competition Department unveiled details of Citroen's new C2 Junior Experience concept that will be organised within the framework of next year's ...
Citroen launches the C2 Junior Experience
In Swansea (Wales) today, Citroen Sport's Customer Competition Department unveiled details of Citroen's new C2 Junior Experience concept that will be organised within the framework of next year's FIA Junior Rally Championship.
Convinced that the FIA Junior Rally Championship is the ideal stepping stone for upcoming drivers on their way to joining the WRC elite, Citroen is pleased to announce the creation of the C2 Junior Experience which will be based on the qualifying rounds of the 2007 FIA Junior Rally Championship. Ever since its launch in 2001, initially as the Super 1600 Championship and then as the Junior World Rally Championship, Citroen has enjoyed considerable success in this category over the years. In 2001, driving a Saxo, Sebastien Loeb sprang to international acclaim by winning all the rounds in which he took part before going on to enjoy an extremely successful career at WRC level. Spain's Dani Solà drove one of the five Saxos entered in the following year's series to take the 2002 title. Finally, last year saw Daniel Sordo take Citroen to the top of the pyramid once again by securing the title with his C2 S1600. And it is no coincidence that Loeb and Sordo will be joining forces next year as team-mates with the new Citroen C4 WRC.
The FIA Junior Rally Championship's mix of all the surface types encountered in world class rallying (snow, gravel and asphalt) makes it the ideal framework for the C2 Junior Experience. The series will give drivers the choice of competing in either the C2 Super 1600 or the C2-R2, both of which are developed and distributed by Citroen Sport. The regulations of the C2 Junior Experience will be based on those that govern the FIA Junior Rally Championship, including an upper age limit of 28, the nomination of six of the calendar's seven rounds, limited numbers of mechanics, etc.
There will be no specific classification for the C2 Junior Experience which will form an integral part of the FIA Junior Rally Championship and which is a commercial partnership between competing drivers and Citroen Sport. Prize- money will be awarded as a function of the contestants' position in each round's official of the FIA Junior Rally Championship classification. At the end of the year, if the winner of the FIA Junior Rally Championship is a Citroen driver who has contested the C2 Junior Experience, he or she will win drives in two rounds of the World Rally Championship driving a Citroen WRC car. If the 2nd-placed driver in the FIA Junior Rally Championship is a C2 Junior Experience driver, he or she will win one event in a WRC car and if the 3rd- placed driver in the FIA Junior Rally Championship is a C2 Junior Experience Driver, he or she will be invited to take part in a WRC test session.
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