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25.01.2021

The stage is set and the countdown due to begin!

Motorsport South Africa to offer multiple opportunities to participate in the FIA's new exciting programme, FIA Rally Star, a global search for the next star on the World Rally Championship horizon.

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Motorsport South Africa (MSA) is delighted to announce its participation in one of the most exciting motorsport programmes on offer in the form of FIA Rally Star. MSA will be providing a number of channels to access this programme ultimately culminating in a national selection event which is planned to be held towards the end of August 2021.

These channels comprise participation in the Rally at Home programme which will be accessible to anyone with the WRC 9 game on a variety of different platforms. MSA will also be organising Digital challenges using MSA’s Playseat simulators, the dates and venues for which will be communicated in due course. Similarly, MSA plans to hold five Slalom challenges (somewhat similar to a car gymkhana), two of which are intended to take place in Gauteng, with one in each of the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape. The 4th access channel is aimed specifically at development and will be based on rental karting. From these 4 channels, MSA plans to select 32 finalists to participate in the national selection event at which we will select the competitors to represent South Africa at the Continental finals.

South Africa’s participation in this programme, the organisation of the various challenges and the national final has been generously funded by a grant from the FIA Sport Grant programme managed by the FIA.

The programme is open to all potential participants who were at least 17 years old, but not older than 26, on 01 January 2021. The programme also has a specific focus on gender and racial diversity.

The African Continental Final is planned for December 2021 and MSA has submitted a bid to the FIA to host this event. Rwanda is the only other African country that has submitted a bid.  The FIA has yet to award the Continental Finals.

The programme offers possibly one of the biggest prizes ever in motorsport, so quite apart from the pleasure of participation in the initial challenges, the potential to take part in the national finals, and for the selected drivers the chance to participate in the continental final, the winner of the continental final will enjoy participation in an ongoing programme which could kickstart an international rally career. This would include a training season in 2022 that includes participation in 6 European rallies, and could extend to participation in the Junior WRC in 2023 and 2024 and ultimately for the winner of the 2024 Junior WRC a fully funded WRC2 drive in the 2025 FIA World Rally championship.

To participate in the Rally at Home challenges, participants will need to have WRC 9 on any of the platforms for which it has been released, as well as the specific FIA Rally Star downloadable content (DLC)which will be released shortly before the first digital challenge which is scheduled to start on 13 February. Make sure that you have downloaded all available updates to WRC 9 so that you are ready to download the DLC as soon as it becomes available.

So, bookmark www.fiarallystar.com in your favourite browser and check back from time to time to find out how you can participate in this exciting programme and #BeTheNextOne.