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