But not all remnants of the Eurosport era are gone. Former FIA Rally Director Yves Matton’s vision for the ERC was pretty clear when a global rally structure document was unveiled showing WRC and ERC side by side – the old ERC2 class for production cars would be gone and the Mitsubishi Lancers and Rally2 kit cars would finally be killed forever.
But that didn’t stick.
“The other thing that we opened up is a class called ERC Open where the Rally2 kit cars can come out and play because they haven’t had a place for a while,” explains Campbell. “They wouldn’t drop out in the Championship, so we worked on that a bit.”
So the ORECA based kit cars survived in ERC. For now. But they have borrowed time. ERC3 seems destined in the long term to be the main feeder series for Rally2 at the highest level on the continent – that’s the vision the FIA has been pushing. And with Renault coming onto the scene with a new car next year, it’s certainly a matter of time before Rally2 kit cars finally disappear from the ERC.
The partially open tire competition will also remain in the ERC, in contrast to the WRC with its standard tire system. That’s a topic of its own though – so keep an eye out for more on DirtFish later this week. You will soon find out here who Campbell thinks is the favorite for the ERC title.