Opportunity knocks for Britain’s brightest motor sport prospects


The MSA has teamed up with FIA World Rallycross Championship promoter IMG and FirstCorner – the company behind RX Lites – to give one rising British star an incredible introduction to top level rallycross through an exciting new RX Talent Search initiative.

The scheme will reward one promising young talent with a fully funded drive in Turkey’s round of the RX Lites Cup, a one-make championship for identical purpose-built, four-wheel-drive machines, at Istanbul on 3-4 October. The initiative is also supported by Lydden Hill.

The RX Talent Search is open to anyone aged 18 to 30 (born between 1 January 1985 and 31 December 1997) who either holds or is eligible to hold an FIA International ‘C’ Off-Road or Race competition licence. Those eligible can put themselves forward for consideration by completing a simple form.

From these applicants, 10-12 finalists will be invited to attend an evaluation at Lydden Hill, the Home of Rallycross, on Thursday 21 May, ahead of the FIA Motorsport News World RX of Great Britain (22-24 May). The most impressive performer on the evaluation day will win the incredible prize drive at World RX of Turkey, where RX Lites is a supporting event.

Olsbergs MSE will be providing two RX Lites cars and the expert judging panel will include: Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director; Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG; Andreas Eriksson, Team Principal of Olsbergs MSE; and Andrew Jordan, the 2013 British Touring Car Champion, who finished third in last year’s World RX of Great Britain.

Robert Reid, MSA Performance Director, said: “Now with an FIA recognised World Championship, rallycross is fast becoming a really credible and exciting career path for any young driver to consider – indeed the MSA Academy already reflects its growing status with rallycross prospects now joining young racers and rally crews on the scheme. I'm sure we will get some very interesting candidates putting their names forward for Lydden and I'm even more confident that the highly commendable RX Talent Search will produce a very worthy victor – who knows, perhaps even a future British world champion!”

Martin Anayi, World RX Managing Director for IMG, said: “An RX Talent Search is something that has been on our radar for some time and thanks to the MSA, FirstCorner, Olsbergs MSE 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 motor sport.”

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