FIA Rally Star is pleased to announce its partnership with OMP Racing and Bell Racing Helmets ahead of the global talent search for rallying’s next best and brightest drivers.
OMP Racing has been a world-leader in motor sport safety component design and manufacture since the company was established in 1973 in Genoa, Italy. In 2019, OMP acquired Bell Racing Helmets, a world-leading manufacturer of state-of-the-art head protection in motor sport.
The breadth of experience OMP in motor sport is unrivalled, seeing success in every decade of its involvement. The iconic black and yellow Italian logo has been part of some of the sport’s biggest icons including Sébastien Ogier, Carlos Sainz, Ott Tänak, Juha Kankkunen, Didier Auriol and Tommi Mäkinen.
The partnership between FIA Rally Star and OMP is more than just a traditional branding exercise - every candidate participating in FIA Rally Star from the Continental Finals and onwards will be fully kitted out with OMP safety equipment: overalls, gloves, boots, and fireproof underwear. Similarly, the XC LifeLive TN5 and M-Sport Fiesta Rally3 used in the operation will be equipped by OMP. It underlines OMP’s commitment to finding, supporting and protecting the next generation of drivers.
All drivers coming through FIA Rally Star detection programmes will also be outfitted with Bell Racing Helmets. Reinforcing its commitment to rallying and the future stars of the sport, Bell is launching a brand-new line of helmets in 2021, designed specifically for use in rallying.
Yves Matton, FIA Rally Director: “FIA Rally Star will seek out and select the most promising rally talents of the era from around the world to join the likes of Ott Tänak and Sébastien Ogier. Both of these FIA World Rally Champions have benefitted from programmes similar to FIA Rally Star earlier in their careers. It's a nod to history to see that these drivers have been also supported by OMP! As safety is at the core of everything the FIA undertakes, we are proud to receive the support of OMP Racing and Bell Helmets recognised worldwide for their expertise and experience.”
Paolo Delprato, president and CEO of OMP: “We are delighted to be supporting FIA Rally Star as the official safety equipment supplier for driver protection. OMP and Bell are strong believers in providing opportunities to the next generation of drivers that show the most potential in order to ensure we find the next greats of our sport. The history speaks for itself when highlighting OMP and Bell’s commitment to young drivers and we cannot wait to support more future champions with our world-leading safety equipment.”