Speedworks and Toyota Gazoo Racing launch young driver program

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Speedworks Motorsport and Toyota Gazoo Racing Europe (TGR-E) have launched the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Young Driver Program to support up-and-coming young British GT drivers. It is open to drivers aged 25 and under who have a demonstrated ability in GT racing and the motivation to step into a professional career

Having previously worked with Toyota in the UK and run a Toyota Gazoo Racing UK banner during the British GT Championship, Cheshire-based Speedworks worked with TGR-E in 2020 to select the program’s first candidate. The chosen driver will soon be announced, alongside the Speedworks 2021 British GT Championship line-up.

As part of the collaboration, selected candidates will have access to TGR-E’s facility and a driving simulator to help with training. Alongside this, current TGR drivers, such as FIA World Endurance Champion Mike Conway, will provide younger competitors with knowledge and experience gained from competition racing.

Christian Dick, team principal at Speedworks Motorsport, commented, “It is an immense honor to collaborate with TGR-E to establish the Toyota Gazoo Racing UK Young Driver Program, an exciting project that we have been working on for several months now. We have an excellent relationship with TGR-E and believe this new initiative can genuinely help to discover and develop British GT stars of the future.”

“We have spent a lot of time evaluating potential drivers to become the first member of the program, taking into account not only their pace and performance inside the cockpit but just as importantly their work ethic, attitude and media skills away from the car to ensure we make the right choice.

“This is a golden opportunity for initially one young driver – and, moving forward, hopefully more – to significantly advance their career prospects through an association with one of the most prestigious and successful companies in global motorsport. We look forward to helping to guide the next generation in tandem with our friends at TGR-E over the coming months and years.”

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