Aston Martin Racing has launched its Young Driver Academy. The initiative aims to fast track talent within the Aston Martin Racing customer network to factory status and is set to run through 2019.
The AMR Academy will include drivers aged between 17 and 25, and is eligible only to those competing in partner and customer Vantage GT cars in recognized championships. Contestants will be judged on a wide range of criteria that include pace, consistency, technical feedback and fitness.
Aston Martin Racing president David King said, “Aston Martin Racing has always placed a premium on developing driver talent and has a proud history of backing young drivers who have then gone on to flourish with Aston Martin Racing.
“This program will be invaluable to so many drivers with ambitions to race at Le Mans who have the talent but not always the means to reach their goal. We have seen plenty of them in our cars over the past two years and we relish the prospect of seeing them competing for our customer race teams throughout 2019 in pursuit of this prize.”
Previous winner of the scheme Ross Gunn said, “Winning the Aston Martin Racing Academy in 2015 was a massive milestone in my career. To have worked in a manufacturer environment was invaluable for my development and has significantly raised my level as a competitor both on and off the track.”