Outline of JWRC>>>
Specification of Suzuki Ignis Super 1600>>>
Profiles of drivers and co-drivers>>>
Profiles of organization>>>
Milestones & 2002 schedule for the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship>>>
Suzuki Motor Corporation announced today the 2002 motorsport plan to support, through Suzuki Sport Co., Ltd., 3 private rally teams "Team Suzuki Ignis" from Japan, Finland, and Germany who are to challenge the FIA Junior World Rally Championship. This support covers supply of the base vehicle Ignis, technical assistances, and back-up for team operation. Suzuki Motor Corporation hopes these activities will contribute not only to sales promotion both in domestic and overseas markets, but also to the development of production vehicles by utilizing obtained technical data.
Outline of JWRC Junior World Rally Championship For Drivers (Junior WRC)
FIA Junior World Rally Championship (Junior WRC) is a new category organized by FIA (Federation Internationale de l'Automobile), aiming to attract young talented rally drivers. It started from the year of 2001 and was called "Super 1600 Championship," originally. The 2001 Championship formed part of WRC (6 European rounds); Catalunya, Acropolis, Finland, San Remo, Corsica, and Great Britain. The 2002 Championship, being renamed as "Junior WRC," will consist of 6 races out of 14 WRC events as follows.
2002 Junior World Rally Championship calendar
The Super 1600 rally cars should have front-wheel drive with a normally aspirated 1600 cc engine. The maximum engine revolution must be below 9,000 rpm and the engine should install Ø60mm intake restrictor. The minimum weight should be 950kg with no crew and fuel.
A number of strict measures have been regulated to keep the costs of developing and running a rally car down, including prohibiting use of special materials such as titanium or magnesium, and limiting the maximum number of tires to be used by each car. And, the number of mechanics allowed per one car is limited to four.
No works teams or manufactures are allowed to participate, and the price of a car ready to race is capped at US$100,000.
Team and Drivers
Three of "Team Suzuki Ignis" come from Japan, Finland and Germany, and each team will be rallied by the following drivers and co-drivers. Suzuki Motor Corporation will support, through Suzuki Sport Co., Ltd., these rally teams challenging the Junior WRC in various technical assistances, team operation and sales of kit parts.
Specification of Suzuki Ignis Super 1600
Profiles of drivers and co-drivers
Profiles of organization
Milestones & 2002 schedule for the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship