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MOTORSPORT South Africa’s inaugural MSA Motorsport Development Academy got underway at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre on Sunday morning last week, when 18 of the country’s top young race drivers took part in an intensive three-day session.
These drivers are now evaluation on each race in the 2016 race season.
The delegates were split into two groups of nine before alternating between the first two Academy modules — a physical assessment in the HPC lab and a team building exercise each side of lunch before returning to the hotel for dinner.
Monday saw the groups once again split between an advanced driving module and a series on lectures on the likes of dealing with the media, sponsorship and their professional responsibilities, all with a strong emphasis on road safety and their role in promoting saver driving at all levels. The third and last day of the training focused on practical and theoretical modules on Tuesday evening.
Academy convenor Steve Harding said the aim now is to see the drivers progress. “The Academy also focuses closely on road safety, an aspect we expect our drivers to promote throughout their race careers and beyond.”
The 18 drivers selected include the only woman racer, Classic car racer Paige Lindenberg, Cape Formula Supercar racer Dayne Angel as the oldest driver and Pietermaritzburg’s cross country racer Gareth Woolridge.
The FIA’s support ensures that the elite three-day programme will run at no cost to the selected drivers, who will continue to be monitored for the remainder of the season and will be expected to take a follow-up fitness test at the HPC at the end of the season.