FirstCorner – the company behind RX Lites – has helped IMG, the organisers of the FIA World Rallycross Championship, launch a UK-wide talent search. The initiative is also being held in conjunction with the UK’s official governing body, The Motor Sports Association (MSA), and aims to find future rallycross stars.
The RX Talent Searchwill allow 12 selected finalists the opportunity to prove themselves behind the wheel of an RX Lites car. The winner will be awarded with a fully paid entry into the RX Lites Cup round staged at the former F1 venue, Intercity Istanbul Park from 3-4 October.
The programme aims to provide potential competitors with a first-hand insight into the latest motorsport discipline to achieve FIA World Championship status.Further support for the initiative has come from Lydden Hill where the British RX round is staged,
RX Lites are identical 310bhp, mid-engined, four-wheel drive cars designed by Olsbergs MSE in co-operation with Avitas Motorsport and produced in Turkey. Featuring strictly controlled spec vehicles, the series is designed to provide an affordable platform to showcase the talent of emerging young drivers.
Any MSA competition licence-holder aged between 18 (born after 1 January 1985) and 30 (born before 31 December 1997) interested in entering the RX Talent Search can put themselves forward for consideration by completing a simple form on the MSA’s official website here
From these applicants – who can come from a racing, rallying or, of course, rallycross background – a shortlist of between ten and 12 people will be selected.
As a curtain raiser to the FIA Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain taking place at Lydden Hill (22-24 May), these chosen finalists will be invited to a special evaluation event at the Kent circuit on Thursday 21 May, with the most impressive performer winning the coveted prize drive in Turkey.
Olsbergs MSE will be providing two RX Lites cars and the judging panel will include: Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director; Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG Motorsport; Andreas Eriksson, Team Principal of Olsbergs MSE and Andrew Jordan, the 2014 British Touring Car Champion who secured a podium finishin last year’s World RX of Great Britain as a wildcard entry.
Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director at IMG, commented:“An RX Talent search is something that has been on our radar for some time and thanks to the FirstCorner,OMSE and Lydden Hill, we’re now able to get this project off the ground in the UK. We believe that this is something we can roll out to other markets in the coming years as we continue to position rallycross as an attractive and affordable option for young drivers who are looking at a future career in motorsport. The FIA World Rallycross Championship offers incredible return on investment and we pride ourselves on having an extremely diverse range of drivers – we’ve had champion drivers competing from all motorsport disciplines including F1, rally, TouringCar and drift in our Championship. The RX Lites Cup currently runs at seven rounds in support of the World Championship and is the perfect stepping stone for young drivers to hone their rallycross skills before looking at the other FIA categories such as TouringCar, Super1600 and eventually the headline Supercar category.”