One of the biggest prize funds in international rallying has been confirmed for the 2016 FIA European Rally Championship ahead of the opening round in Latvia on 5-7 February.
ERC promoter Eurosport Events, in conjunction with various partners and stakeholders, will continue to offer financial rewards totalling 200,000 Euros for ERC registered drivers this season, with a total of 20,000 Euros available at each of the 10 events on the calendar.
As in 2015, the seven highest-placed eligible drivers in the final overall classification of each rally will be awarded prize money.
All drivers registered for the ERC using tyres from one of the championship’s partner suppliers (Michelin and Pirelli) will be eligible, including those in ERC2 and ERC3.
Last year, 38 different drivers that competed in the ERC benefited from the prize fund.
ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “It takes a significant financial commitment to compete in a top-level championship such as the ERC and this substantial prize fund provision will go a long way towards helping some of those drivers on a restricted budget compete on more events and therefore grow their experience for the future.”
To be eligible for ERC prize money for the opening event of the season, Rally Liepāja, crews must register by 21 January. For information go to: https://registrations.fia.com/registrationrly.
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