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New ERC Masters to honour surface specialists in 2014

Surface specialists will be recognised in the 2014 FIA European Rally Championship through three exciting new accolades*. ERC promoter Eurosport Events revealed the creation of the ERC Asphalt, Gravel and Ice Masters. They will be handed out in honour of the drivers who perform best on those surfaces during the upcoming 2014 ERC season.

Points will be allocated on the usual 25-18-15-12-10-8-6-4-2-1 basis to the leading 10 finishers according to the final overall classification. The respective ERC Master will carry a coloured sticker on their car for the next event to signify their status. This will be displayed until they are no longer the ERC Master of their specialist surface. The three ERC Master trophies will be presented at the end-of-season awards.

  - Vytautas Švedas (photo. Jānis Asaris,

Throughout the season the ERC Masters will enjoy coverage on the ERC website and through social media channels. Details of the ERC Masters following each round will be included in the Inside ERC programme on Eurosport. Furthermore, the respective standings will be available on the ERC website.

ERC Co-ordinator Jean-Baptiste Ley said: “We are always looking to create extra buzz around each ERC event and the addition of the ERC Masters gives us that opportunity while also recognising the performances by drivers on the different surfaces encountered in the ERC.”


The ERC Ice Master will be decided on the following rallies:

01: 31 Int. Jännerrallye, Oberösterreich (Austria) 3-5 January

02: Rally Liepāja (Latvia) 31 January-2 February

03: Sibiu Rally Romania 27 February-1 March


The ERC Asphalt Master will be decided on the following rallies:

01: Circuit of Ireland Rally (United Kingdom) 17-19 April

02: Geko Ypres Rally (Belgium) 19-21 June

03: Barum Czech Rally Zlín (Czech Republic) 29-31 August

04: Rallye International du Valais (Switzerland) 23-25 October

05: Giru di Corsica-Tour de Corse (France) 6-8 November (Subject to promoter agreement)


The ERC Gravel Master will be decided on the following rallies:

01: Acropolis Rally (Greece) 28-30 March

02: 49th SATA Rallye Açores (Portugal) 15-17 May

03: auto24 Rally Estonia (Estonia) 17-19 July

04: Cyprus Rally (Cyprus) 19-21 September       


*Subject to confirmation by the FIA