The World's oldest rally series kicks off on the fist weekend of April, running through to October and spanning eight races across the continent.
Drivers will have to cope with a mix of asphalt and gravel services, with their best six scores over the season contributing to the final tally.
Three titles are up to grabs depending on car performance - ERC1, ERC2 and ERC3, with revamped a revamped Team competition and Ladies' Trophy also featuring in 2017.
WHEN ARE THE STAGES?
STAGE 1: The season opens with the Azores Airlines Rallye from March 30 to April 1
STAGE 2: Rally Islas Canarias - May 4-6
STAGE 3: SEAJETS Acropolis Rally - June 2-4
STAGE 4: Cyprus Rally - June 16-18
STAGE 5: Rally Rzeszow - August 3-5
STAGE 6: Barum Czech Rally Zlín - August 25-27
STAGE 7: Rally di Roma Capitale - September 15-17
STAGE 8: Rally Liepāja - October 6-8
CAN I WATCH IT ON TV?
The 2017 FIA European Rally Championship will be LIVE on Eurosport Player
- Ten drivers will chase ERC Junior Under 27 success in Pirelli-equipped R2 cars as the race for the 100,000-euro career-development fund begins.
- ERC Junior Under 28 for drivers in R5 cars gets nine runners, meaning a total of 19 contenders across the two divisions. A World Rally Car prize drive awaits the eventual champion.
- While his programme remains unconfirmed, Kajetan Kajetanowicz, who tops the entry list, could make history in 2017: no driver has won the ERC title for three years consecutively, although his season-long nemesis from 2016, Alexey Lukyanuk, is back and will bid to become Russia’s first ERC champion.
- Newcomer Sergey Remennik, the 2016 Russian N4 champion, and Zelindo Melegari, whose ERC experience dates back to 2002, head the ERC2 contingent.
- ERC Ladies’ Trophy line-up includes Red Bull-backed Tamara Molinaro and reigning champion Catie Munnings, part of the ERC Junior Experience training programme.
- New format means drivers count their best six scores from a possible eight to ensure a more consistent fight for honours with more drivers battling together more often.
Read the original article on Eurosport: European Rally Championship preview: from the Azores to the Colosseum