The FIA European Rallycross Championship’s official charity partner, Drive For Life, enjoyed a highly successful year in 2016, with over 170 children enjoying up close and personal experiences at events and in the FIA World Rallycross Championship paddocks.

Drive for Life (DFL) aims to help under-privileged children by providing support to individuals and their communities. Through an automotive focused programme run at local workshops and with educational classroom activities, DFL provides its students with inspiration, motivation and life skills. This extended to including activities at rallycross events in 2016.

In total, 20 Euro RX and World RX drivers got involved in spending time with the children, explaining about the world of rallycross and signing autographs, including World Champion Mattias Ekstrom, Andreas Bakkerud, Reinis Nitiss, RX2 driver Tejas Hirani and TouringCar race winner Anders Braten.   

At the Norwegian round of the Championship, DFL’s home event, Ekstrom and Bakkerud also visited the local university hospital, St Olavs, where they met with the Norwegian Cancer foundation and children in the department. Also in Norway at the circuit on the Friday evening of the event, children also took part in the Downhell Derby, competing against rallycross drivers. At Holjes in Sweden the Charity worked with Barncancer- foreningen – The Child Cancer Foundation, where a seriously ill child was able to experience VIP treatment at the event and unique hospitably was enjoyed at Ekstrom’s EKS team.

In Barcelona, 45 disadvantaged children joined DFL at the Formula 1 venue and at the new event in Riga, 45 orphaned children enjoyed the on-track action from the grandstands and also spent time with the EKS team and local hero Reinis Nitiss.

DFL is working on new and exciting plans to continue supporting children into the future.


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