The Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge exists to “educate and prepare young people for a future in rallying through training and participation”. Started in 2012, it is open to drivers aged 14 – 17 and is one of three equivalent championships across England, Wales and Ireland.
Competing cars are allowed limited mechanical modifications and must meet MSA safety and technical requirements for rally cars. Engines can be no larger than 1000cc. Popular models include the Nissan Micra, Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107.
Competition takes place over 8 rounds using venues across Scotland, with one event taking place on Anglesey in Wales. Training and development is a key part of the championship’s activities and there are several training days held during the year. Topics include driving skills, rallycraft, communication and nutrition amongst others.
More information including the championship regulations can be found on the Junior 1000 Ecosse Challenge website.
On graduating from the championship, competitors have variously moved on to both forest and tarmac senior rallying, circuit racing and rallycross.