The FIA World RX Championship is an open-wheel rallycross championship organised by the Federation Internationale de l'Auto (FIA) in association with multiple series promoters. The series was first held in the United States of America, then moved to Europe and last year's championship went to Belgium for the inaugural round of the year.
After a first test day at the Brands Hatch Circuit in Kent, England, the FIA World RX Championship began its first official race with an interesting twist. In a bid to make the rallycross event a more exciting spectacle, the organizers have allowed fans to dress up as their favourite drivers in order to watch the event from a spectator's point of view.
For those who are not familiar with rallycross, it is essentially an amalgamation of car racing and rally with some off road and track work thrown in for good measure. The car has to be as lightweight as possible, and the driver needs to be able to keep the vehicle under control all the time, in order to make the most of the conditions.
The championship, which was officially founded by the European Motor Sports Association, has already proven to be a huge success and has even been the recipient of some awards and praise. In particular, the recent championship in Belgium was the only race of the season to be awarded a coveted Silver Award, which is the highest award given for a motor sports competition. The title of the champion goes to Jo-Jo Lamport, who recently took part in the championship with a modified Audi R8.
However, while this prestigious title may mean plenty to the participants, it does not guarantee the same status that a race win would give to the participants of the FIA World RX Championship. For that reason, it has become a common sight at the various events to see people dressed up as their favorite car and driver, and as a result, the championship is also referred to as the “FIA World R-Car Series”.
To get the most out of the championship, it is advisable to become as involved as possible, so that you can feel like you are actually driving for yourself, rather than just watching the races and trying to emulate the actions of your favorite driver. Getting to know the drivers well is essential, as well as being familiar with the circuits and the tracks, and the rules, so that you know what to do if you need to get out of tricky situations or to keep the vehicle under control on slippery roads.