WRC already feature a strong Esports structure and are now aiming build on that with their latest program entitled the ‘FIA Rally Star’. This involves NACON, KT Racing and the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) coming together in delivering a wonderful opportunity for a rally fan to potentially become a professional rally driver. In many ways this is similar to GT Academy and we’ll discuss this at length on a future video. The competition will be available this December through a free DLC update for WRC 9, the official video game of the FIA World Rally Championship.
The competition is open to players between 17 and 26 years old, a multi-phase selection process will give the most promising drivers the opportunity to take part in a training and coaching program supervised by the FIA. Seven finalists, including one female driver, could ultimately start their international career before aiming to join the FIA Junior WRC.
“Being innovative and global, FIA Rally Star’s ambition is to develop new solutions allowing young drivers from all over the world to reveal their potential. As soon as we introduced the project to NACON and KT Racing teams, they showed great enthusiasm and we couldn’t have hoped for better platform than WRC 9 to select the most promising candidates.” declares Yves Matton, Rally Director at FIA. “The FIA World Rally Championship brings together fans from every continent. 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 idea that the future stars of rally will start their professional driving careers because of WRC 9 is a great pride for the entire team and one of the best rewards for all the work we have put in over the last few years,” said Roman Vincent, founder and CEO of KT Racing development studio. “After the success of eSports WRC, which has already unearthed hugely talented players, we can’t wait to find out who will be the finalists of FIA Rally Star!”
This all sounds very exciting for the rally gaming genre. As for my advice, should you be lucky enough to make it all the way, you are strongly advised to get some driving lessons, get into shape and do some karting, this will help with any physical activities. Also make sure to use a sim racing wheel, this will aid in the transition to the real car. We’ll be producing some detailed coverage on WRC 9 in the coming weeks and months, sharing advice and information and the many aspects, besides checking out all of the upcoming DLC.