The FIA World Rallycross championship has launched a nationwide talent search to find the rallycross stars of the future.

The initiative is backed by the Motor Sports Association (MSA) and First Corner and aims to provide competitors with hands-on experience in rallycross, with the winner being award a fully-paid entry into the RX Lites cup - a feeder series from the World Rallycross - which will be hosted at the Intercity Istanbul Park on the 3-4 October.

The RX Lites series sees identical 310bhp cars designed by Olsbergs MSE compete in a similar format to the international championship and is designed to act as a platform to showcase the talent of young drivers.

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Budding drivers who wish to enter the MSA competition must hold an MSA licence and be aged between 18 and 30 (born before 31 December 1997 and after 1 January 1985).

From the number of applicants a shortlist of 12 will be selected and the chosen dozen will be invited to a special evaluation at Lydden Hill on the 22-24 May, with the most impressive driver winning the prize to compete in Turkey.

Martin Anayi, World Rallycross managing director, says he is delighted to launch a talent competition in the UK and hopes it is a series they can maintain for a number of years in the future.

"An Rallycross talent search is something that has been on our radar for some time and thanks to the FirstCorner, OMSE and Lydden Hill, we're now able to get this project off the ground in the UK," Anayi said. "We believe that this is something we can roll out to other markets in the coming years as we continue to position rallycross as an attractive and affordable option for young drivers who are looking at a future career in motorsport.

"The FIA World Rallycross Championship offers incredible return on investment and we pride ourselves on having an extremely diverse range of drivers - we've had champion drivers competing from all motorsport disciplines including F1, rally, TouringCar and drift in our Championship.

"The RX Lites Cup currently runs at seven rounds in support of the World Championship and is the perfect stepping stone for young drivers to hone their rallycross skills before looking at the other FIA categories such as TouringCar, Super1600 and eventually the headline Supercar category."

Applications can be made on MSA's official website.