Australians head abroad for Junior WRC opportunities

Taylor Gill will be one of nine young Australians traveling to India for the FIA ​​Rally Star Continental competition in India. Image: Angryman Photography

Nine Australian drivers will compete in the FIA ​​Rally Star Continental competition in India and have a chance to win a fully funded drive in the Junior FIA World Rally Championship.

FIA Rally Star is a global search for talented rally drivers aged 17-26.

Motorsport Australia hosted the Challenge in Australia earlier this year which helped uncover new rally talent through events across the country.

The nine youngsters will head to India’s Madras Motor Racetrack to compete in a series of tests.

Selected drivers competing in the Continental Finals will have the opportunity to receive driver coaching, physical and mental training, testing sessions and take part in six rallies behind the wheel of an M-Sport Fiesta Rally3.

Leading the Australians are RSEA Safety Motorsport Australia Rally Championship drivers Taylor Gill, Ryan Williams, Aidan Peterson and Molly Spalding, with Gill confirmed as a wildcard driver.

“I look forward to opportunities because it doesn’t come often,” Gil said.

“I’ve had good form this year so I’m a bit confident but I won’t know how I’ll run until I get there as I have no idea what the competition will be like.

“I will try to take this chance.

“Even if I don’t win, it will still be super cool and a great experience.”

Ethan Kilbride will also get his chance to snag the ultimate prize after winning the FIA ​​Rally Star Digital Challenge at Gympie last year.

Kilbride’s sister Holly will also travel overseas as she set the fastest time for women in digital qualifying last year.

Rounding out the nine drivers heading to India are Curtis Dexter, Lachlan Spiteri and Jaidyn Gluskie, the latter of whom also won an FIA Rally Star Digital Challenge.

They will take part in the four-day elimination event along with more than 150 drivers.

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