Launched late last year, the inaugural RX Academy will begin in just over a month’s time, where aspiring FIA World Rallycross Championship drivers from around the world will fight for the unique prize of competing in World RX events next season, in the supporting categories. 

The 2017 RX Academy Champion will receive a free drive in the Euro RX Super1600 Championship in 2018, or significant assistance in competing in RX2, as the next stage on the ladder towards competing in World RX. 

The concept has been created to give drivers as young as 14-years old with ambitions of racing at the highest levels in rallycross a professional platform to learn about all aspects of the sport. Training in the series includes driver coaching, mental and physical mentoring from world renowned specialists such as Christoph Trier, and media and PR training. The series begins in a few weeks’ time with a two-day training camp for the competitors, before pre-season testing begins in the single-make Renault Clio Cup RX cars that produce 220bhp and have six-speed sequential gearboxes. 

Set up by former Euro RX Super1600 Champion Jussi Pinomaki and his Set Promotion team, FIA World Rallycross Championship race winners Andreas Bakkerud, Topi Heikkinen and Reinis Nitiss will also act as driver mentors. “If you want to be a star in rallycross you need to learn as much as possible about training physically and mentally, handling the media and knowing how to analyse and work on your own driving,” said Bakkerud, who finished on the podium at round one of World RX in Barcelona. Drivers announced for RX Academy so far are from countries such as Finland, Mexico, Latvia, Australia and America. There are just four places left on the grid for 2017. “Rallycross is a sport for the future world-wide – it’s growing all the time, and this is a great place to start a rallycross career,” he continued. 

The first round takes place at Hyvinkää in Finland on 27 May.

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