WRC Academy introduces Rookie Award for 2012

M-Sport is pleased to announce an exciting new award for this year’s FIA WRC Academy. Following an impressive showing from a number of drivers with limited WRC experience in the feeder series’ inaugural season, the 2012 edition will see the best-placed rookie receive a test in a Ford Fiesta S2000 with expert tuition from one of M-Sport’s WRC drivers.

One contributing factor to success in the WRC is experience, and M-Sport is keen to reward those with limited familiarity of competition on the world stage. Pre-event preparation, on-event pressures, media know-how – the WRC Academy is dedicated to equipping the world’s most promising young drivers with all of these skills, but they all take time to develop over time.

The award will be eligible to all competitors who did not register for a round of the WRC Academy in 2011; with the highest placed of those drivers in the final standings claiming the sought-after prize.
The recipient will receive a test in M-Sport’s second global rally car, and the next step on Ford and M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’ after the Ford Fiesta R2, the Ford Fiesta S2000. Boasting an impressive history – with victory on its competitive debut at the 2010 Rallye Monte-Carlo and the S-WRC Championship laurels in its inaugural season – the Ford Fiesta S2000 is currently leading the S-WRC in the hands of the 2011 FIA WRC Academy Champion, Craig Breen.

M-Sport Managing Director, Malcolm Wilson OBE said: “The [FIA WRC] Academy is a great series with a fantastic prize which attracts a lot of very talented young drivers. But unfortunately, there can be only one winner. Considering the difference experience can make in the WRC, we [M-Sport] wanted to make sure that those drivers who impress with limited experience are also rewarded.

“For those contesting the [WRC] Academy, the [Ford] Fiesta S2000 is the next step on Ford and M-Sport’s ‘Ladder of Opportunity’, and the test we are offering will certainly help the winner develop their driving. Not only will they have the chance to test the car, but they will also receive one-to-one tuition from one of our top WRC drivers.”
– Credit: M-Sport.