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FIA XC Academy Trophy: the 2023 off-road championship for young drivers aged 13 to 16 is open!

By 8. février 2023mai 31st, 2023No Comments


FIA XC Academy Trophy: the 2023 off-road championship for young drivers aged 13 to 16 is open!

A springboard to launch young talents’s careers

The FIA XC Academy Trophy is the new unmissable event for thrill-seekers and motorsport fans!

This international championship, launched in 2021 by the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), lines up 75 horsepower off-road vehicles on the starting grid. Developed by LifeLive, these Cross Cars are specially designed for young drivers aged 13 to 16.

This unique program is a great opportunity to introduce new talent to the international off-road scene. They will then be able to develop their career in Autocross, Rallycross or Rally.

A 5 round Cross Car Championship throughout Europe

The FIA XC Academy Trophy can take up to 20 participants through 5 different countries:

June 24-25: MATSCHENBERG (Germany) ;

July 22-23: ST GEORGES DE MONTAIGU (France) ;
August 26-27: PŘEROV (Czech Republic) ;
September 23-24: MAGGIORA (Italy);

October 7-8: MOLLERUSSA (Spain)

All chassis are identical to give drivers a real chance to prove themselves! For a real immersion in the world of rallying, the sporting format is identical to the current European Autocross Championship.

« The Junior Academy Trophy is a unique Championship in the world! Before, there was no discipline open and accessible to youngsters to serve as a gateway to RallyCross type races. Whereas in other disciplines, there are gateways such as karting to Formula 1 for example. »

Thierry Neuville, WRC driver

LifeLive is recruiting new pilots!

The manufacturer LifeLive, providing the cross cars and supporting the drivers throughout the season, has already registered several talents for the 5 rounds of the FIA XC Academy Trophy 2023.Future drivers? There are still a few places left to join the LifeLive team and try to become tomorrow’s new champion! To take part in this great adventure, don’t wait any longer and get in touch:« For the first year in 2021, we had 12 pilots enrolled and last year 9, some of whom continued their careers by joining other championships and achieving very good results. »Notably, Kobe Pauwels who continued his career in the European RX3 Championship and finished Champion, as well as Viktor Vranckx, former Academy Trophy 2021 driver who finished European RX2E Champion last year.

A day of coaching with Thierry Neuville, WRC rally driver

5-time WRC Vice-champion, Thierry Neuville is an exceptional rally driver. Brother of LifeLive’s founder, he is very involved during the FIA XC Academy Trophy. With a solid experience in motorsport, he tries to make himself available to come and meet the young drivers to give them precious advice helping them reach the podium.

Very attractive bonuses to win

Young drivers can win very interesting bonuses depending on their race results.For each race: a total of 3 300€ is distributed from 100 to 900€ according to the race ranking.For the season: a total of 16 500€ of premiums is distributed throughout the 5 championship rounds according to the driver’s results and a day of personalized coaching with Thierry Neuville is organized for the 3 top finalists.

Discover the Academy Trophy 2023 brochure:


About LifeLive

LifeLive is a company founded in 2016 by Yannick Neuville and his brother Thierry, with the goal of establishing themselves professionally and sustainably in motorsports.Specialized in the construction of FIA certified Cross Car chassis for sale or rent, LifeLive also has 2 drivers enrolled in the European Autocross Championship.The latest innovation is its first XC Cross Car named « TN5 », built according to the latest FIA technical and safety standards. This vehicle offers the perfect combination of performance and reliability, while offering a superb design.The company is the only manufacturer and team to make its vehicles available for the FIA XC Academy Trophy.LifeLive is headquartered in Belgium (near Saint-Vith), close to Germany, Luxembourg and France.

For more information

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Press contact :
Mathieu Meslay