RX Academy on hold as organisers assess options
Europe’s popular RX Academy will take a sabbatical in 2020, but work is ongoing to continue the concept into the future.
Created for the 2017 season by multiple championship winning rallycross team SET Promotion, RX Academy has given aspiring World Champions of the future a platform in which to start their careers, with coaching and tuition in all aspects of becoming a professional driver. A number of RX Academy participants have already progressed up the ladder in the motor sport world.
Having made best use of the RX Academy experience, and the prizes on offer, the three RX Academy Champions so far, Jesse Kallio (2017), Sami-Matti Trogen (2018) and Rasmus Tuominen (2019) will be competing in high level international series this year, in both rallycross and rally, as they progress in their careers.
A study will be undertaken by SET Promotion through 2020 on the future direction of rallycross, as the sport moves towards electrification at the highest level, before defining the possibilities to continue with RX Academy in 2021.
Head of RX Academy: Jussi Pinomäki:
“I am incredibly proud of what we have achieved with RX Academy since we came up with the concept in 2016. We have delivered on our promises and more, and created a unique environment in which there has been a brilliant feeling among everyone in the programme.
“While I want to thank everyone for their efforts in RX Academy so far, I want to be clear that this is not the end either. We will take a break, but I still feel positive about the future for RX Academy, I strongly believe in the sport of rallycross and that electrification can present new opportunities for drivers at every level. I’m excited to see where the next phase of this journey will take us.”
The identical Renault Clio RS race cars will be used in a five-round Finnish Circuit Racing Championship in 2020 while SET Promotion assesses what direction RX Academy will take in the future.