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2013-06-21 09:31

CALL FOR ENTRY: Young SA drivers are being called to apply to represent South Africa at the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. Andrea Bate took part in the 2012 programme. Image: STREET MOTION

Young drivers from South Africa can now apply to the African selection event for the next FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.

The process for the 2013 Academy involves a series of five qualifying events around the world to give as many drivers as possible the opportunity to participate.

Andrea Bate was the SA student for the 2012 academy.

The National Rally Commission will run the event in Gauteng and Motorsport SA can only nominate one driver aged 17-23.

Each of the qualifiers will produce one winner to go forward to the 2013/14 round. Further drivers will be selected using a wildcard system, making a total of eight participants in the final academy group.

CAREER DEVELOPMENT

FIA president Jean Todt said: "The Academy has already proved to be a great success with many graduates now competing at the top level of the sport. We are pleased to help drivers develop their careers and to do so in the right way with safety as the focus."

Participants in the previous two editions of the Academy include Robin Frijns (Sauber F1 test driver), Alex Rossi (Caterham F1 test driver), Stoffel Vandoorne (Fortec Formula Renault 3.5) and Andreas Mikkelsen and Kevin Abbring, both of whom have gone on to participate in VW Motorsport’s WRC campaign.

The Academy will provide a fully-funded training programme to help develop motorsport careers while increasing safety skills and promoting fairness and responsibility on and off the track. Alex Wurz (former Formula 1 driver and two-time Le Mans winner and Robert Reid (former World Rally champion co-driver) will lead the training.

Download the application form and submit it to MSA’s Jaco Deysel by Friday July 12 2013. Contact Steve Harding for any queries.

Young Driver Excellence Academy SA Nomination Form
FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy 2013/14 Selection Criteria
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