The Australian edition of the FIA Rally Star Digital Challenge will officially take place next month with the program targeted at unearthing talented, aspiring rally drivers.
A global search for individuals aged between 17 and 26, Motorsport Australia will be hosting the in-person Challenge for Australia with a potential opportunity to one day compete in the FIA World Rally Championship.
Taking place at Motorsport Australia House, the qualifying day will see 28 individuals get 15 minutes on the simulator to post a time on a virtual rally stage. The top four participants will then qualify for the Asia-Pacific Finals, which will take place later this year.
There are multiple spots still available and interested participants can register their place here.
Following the Asia-Pacific Finals, the winner will then be selected to join the FIA Rally Star team, while seven drivers selected for the Continental Finals will also get the chance to receive driver coaching, physical and mental training, testing sessions and participation in six rallies behind the wheel of a M-Sport Fiesta Rally3.
The program is open to all Australian citizens, however they must not have previously competed in a round of the FIA World Rally Championship, finished in the outright top 20 of the FIA Asia Pacific Rally Championship, finished in the top 10 of the RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship or in the top 5 of a well-established single-make cup or trophy.
Interested participants must also not be aligned or supported by a manufacturer or importer.
The official Australia qualification session takes place at Motorsport Australia House in Canterbury on Saturday 28 May from 9am to 4pm.
MASS DETECTION COMPETITIONS
Digital and slalom challenges organised across Australia.
• Winners of the digital challenges (one male and one female) will qualify for the National (Digital) Finals which will be held in 2022. One male and one female will then qualify for the Asia-Pacific Continental Finals.
• Winners of the slalom challenges (one male and one female) will directly qualify for the Asia-Pacific Continental Finals.
This will ultimately result in a total of three males and three females representing Australia in the Asia-Pacific Continental Finals.
Limited competition spots available for all challenges!
Wild card entry: Direct access for a candidate to a continental final. A wild card may be issued by Motorsport Australia, with the approval of the FIA.
Australia’s best will qualify for the Asia-Pacific Continental Final. A total of six continental finals will be organised around the world. One winner will be determined per continent, and one woman will be selected after a worldwide shoot-out.
Coaching, training, and testing will be provided for all seven winners. Four best drivers will be retained at the end of the season (including one female driver), who will participate in the FIA Junior WRC programme the following season.
Participation in the FIA Junior World Rally Championship (WRC)
The selected drivers will have the change to take part in a comprehensive programme over the course of the FIA Junior WRC rounds of the following season. During their WRC season, the drivers must meet the progress and individualised performance criteria, defined by the FIA Rally Star Committee.
Participation in FIA WRC2/3
If one of the drivers wins the FIA Junior WRC during this first season, he/she will receive an additional allowance in order to be able to compete in a minimum of six WRC3 and WRC2 rallies the following season.
If none of the four drivers wins during the first season, the FIA Rally Star Committee will evaluate the progress and performance criteria and select three drivers to be awarded a full second season of the FIA Junior WRC. If one of the three drivers wins during the second season, he/she will receive an additional allowance in order to be able to compete in a minimum of six WRC3 and WRC2 rallies the following season.