Call­ing all traf­fic of­fi­cers and emer­gency per­son­nel!

San­ral will spon­sor a univer­sity course in lim­it­ing postcrash road con­ges­tion.

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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.

PHOTO: AL­WYN VILJOEN

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