Launched to great acclaim in 2011, places on this year’s WRC Academy are limited to 18 with registrations closing in three weeks from now.
Just like in 2011, the series remains accessible and affordable with the cost of participation set at 119,500 GBP for six rounds in Portugal, Greece, Finland, Germany, France and Spain.
As well as perfecting their skills on the stages, competitors will participate in a comprehensive training and tuition programme with advice from some of rallying’s most successful personalities to maximise their potential both inside and out of their identical Ford Fiesta R2s, which use Pirelli tyres as standard.
In order to take part, drivers must be born on or after 14 November 1986 and have not competed as a priority driver on more than seven rounds of the WRC prior to 1 January 2012.
This year’s champion will be able to choose a full WRC season in 2013 in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta R2 or a five-round campaign in an M-Sport Ford Fiesta S2000.
Ford World Rally Team boss Malcolm Wilson, whose M-Sport organisation has recently been appointed by the FIA as the promoter of the WRC Academy, said: “The success of the FIA WRC Academy in its inaugural year was phenomenal. We saw some fantastic young drivers come to the fore in what was a great spectacle that I have no doubt we’ll see replicated in 2012’s offering. As such, M-Sport is delighted to increase their involvement in the programme: continuing to supply technical support both on and off the [events] as well as a committed team of co-ordinators to oversee the day-to-day running and promotion of the series.”
FIA WRC Academy documents:
Follow this link to download the 2012 regulations.
Follow this link to download a 2012 season application form.
Follow this link to download Bulletin 01.