Aston Martin begins hunt for the next GT superstar
by Helen Jackson |
posted 11 September 2018
Aston Martin Racing has launched the AMR Young Driver Academy for 2019. This will start the search to find the next Ross Gunn, the factory FIA World Endurance Championship team’s current reserve and development driver and the winner of its previous young driver scheme in 2015.
This fresh 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 Young Driver Academy will include drivers aged between 17 and 25 and is eligible only for those competing in partner and customer Vantage GT cars in recognised championships. Contestants will be judged on a wide range of criteria that include pace, consistency, technical feedback and fitness.
The judging panel will also evaluate drivers’ ability to manage the strategic, teamwork, commercial and public relations aspects of their role. Finally, the outstanding candidate will demonstrate the most potential to develop their talent for the future.
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. I wish all those aspiring candidates in 2019 the very best of luck.”
Aston Martin Racing President David King added:
“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 programme 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”.