2022 FIA Cross Car Academy underway in Germany

  • Season two for rising rally and rallycross stars aged 13-16
  • The FIA’s reinvigorated approach to grassroots sport aims for greater opportunity and diversity among the next generation of competitors

The second season of the FIA’s dynamic new initiative to offer young off-road talent an affordable and fun entry-level class gets underway this weekend in Matschenberg, Germany.

A key objective of the FIA, under President Mohammed Ben Sulayem, is to revitalize the grassroots of motorsport around the world and offer greater opportunity and diversity to the talent it serves. Cross Car brings together a talented international field of young drivers between the ages of 13 and 16 who aspire to a career in rally or rallycross competition.

By keeping a firm grip on costs, the FIA ​​Cross Car Academy offers driving talents a chance to shine by creating performance parity through their field of ‘arrive and drive’ TN5 cross car buggies. Powered by Yamaha MT07 690cc 75hp engines and a 6-speed sequential gearbox, these vehicles are the ideal proving ground for young talent to shine while providing tremendous spectacle and sporting entertainment.

The FIA ​​​​Cross Car Academy puts the driver first, offering affordable, high-performance racing and instruction for the potential stars of the future. They can focus on improving their skills with the support of the Belgian prep experts LifeLive, who are building the field of 20 Cross-Car participants and supporting the registered participants in all aspects of their development.

As a gauge of how effective this formula is, the first title fight of 2021 went down to the last spot in the last event of the season. In the end, the Spanish-Latvian youngster Gil Membrado prevailed in front of the French challenger Etan Pepujol and final round winner Karl Peder Nordstrand. The 14-year-old champion beat out 15 other competitors in the series’ action-packed first year and used that as a springboard to enter Rally4 competition through the 2022 season.

A wealth of international young talents can be seen again this season. Among the expected frontrunners are Belgian teenagers Emilien Allart and Romuald Demelenne, Italians Matteo Bernini and Valentino Ledda, Czech hopeful Stanislav Brousek, Germany’s Samuel Drews, Spain’s Miguel Gayoso Vazquez and Norway’s Eirik Sveinsholt. The latest female competitor, aiming to follow in the cycling tracks of legends like Michèle Mouton and Louise Aitken-Walker, is Cypriot competitor Tara Laconico.

The 2022 FIA Cross Car Academy will be held five times this year alongside the Senior FIA European Auto Cross Championship, with a calendar spanning Northern and Southern Europe.

Round location country date

1 Matschenberg Germany 24.-26. June

2 Toldijk Netherlands 30.-31. July

3 Prerov Czech Republic 20.-21. August

4 Maggiora Italy 24-25 September

5 Mollerussa Spain 8th-9th October


The FIA ​​Cross Car Academy homepage with complete information about the series and its commitment to popular sport can be found here (Link: https://www.fia.com/news/fia-cross-car-academy-trophy-year – 2)

Gil Membrado’s 2021 season story can be viewed here (Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yh62Bi-bSDE)

Full information on how to participate in the FIA ​​Cross Car Academy can be found here: (Link: https://www.xcacademytrophy.com/)

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