The newest edition of the highly successful game, which will be available on 3 September, will form the basis of the FIA Rally Star programme, which will launch talented youngsters into funded drives in the WRC’s support categories.
The first step in a multi-phase selection process begins in December when a DLC (downloadable content) for WRC 9 becomes available ahead of qualification starting in 2021.
Open to all WRC 9 players between 17 and 26 years old, the scheme gives the most promising drivers the opportunity to take part in a training and coaching programme supervised by the FIA.
Seven finalists, including one female driver, could ultimately start their international career before aiming to join the FIA Junior WRC.
WRC 9, published by Nacon and developed by KT Racing, will offer a total distance of almost 900km of roads from all scheduled rounds of the 2020 WRC season.
FIA rally director Yves Matton said he hoped Rally Star would allow young drivers from all over the world to reveal their potential.
“We couldn’t have hoped for a better platform than WRC 9 to select the best candidates. The FIA World Rally Championship brings together fans from every continent,” he said.
“Many of them dream to get behind the wheel and our wish is to make our sport more accessible. Through FIA Rally Star and its digital version in WRC 9, living this passion is simpler than ever.”
The FIA Rally Star DLC will be available in December for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and EPIC Games Store for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox One Series X.