New Fin­nish Ral­ly­cross Acad­emy launched for 2017, us­ing Re­nault Clio Cup rac­ers

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A new Ral­ly­cross Acad­emy has been set up in Fin­land by for­mer Euro­pean cham­pion Jussi Pi­no­maki, aimed at giv­ing as­pir­ing World Ral­ly­cross driv­ers a pro­fes­sional learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

The sin­gle-make se­ries, which is set to run at five Fin­nish Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship events in its in­au­gu­ral sea­son next year, will use lat­est spec­i­fi­ca­tion Re­nault Clio Cup cars con­verted for ral­ly­cross.

World Ral­ly­cross driv­ers Toomas Heikki­nen, An­dreas Bakkerud and Rei­nis Ni­tiss will be pro­gramme men­tors.

Driv­ers of any age can en­ter the se­ries, but only those be­tween 14 and 24 can claim the top prize, a fully paid drive in the FIA Euro­pean Ral­ly­cross Cham­pi­onship in 2018, or sig­nif­i­cant fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to race in RX2, which is the new name for the RX Lites cat­e­gory.

Pi­no­maki said: “The Clio Cup RX cars use proper tech­nol­ogy. Us­ing high-level cars in this sort of pro­gramme hasn’t been done be­fore. Ral­ly­cross driv­ers need to have a range of skills and we have put ev­ery­thing in place for them to re­ceive men­tal, phys­i­cal and PR train­ing too.”

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