Kwanda Moekoena is happy to go to Italy, but sad that he will only to get to watch the karting.
VOLKSWAGEN South Africa (VWSA) and Motorsport South Africa (MSA) have partnered in a programme to find the next exciting (African, Indian or coloured) racing talent to follow in Gugu Zulu’s illustrious footsteps.
The programme, to be called VW Driver Search will be part funded by the FIA (international controlling body for four-wheeled motorsport) and will be administered by MSA’s subcontracted training partner, Motorsport Training Africa (MTA).
VW Driver Search will see 16 candidates, roughly between the ages of 15 and 25 and with at least some motorsport-related experience, being selected to take part in a programme during October 2016 to hone their all-round skills as racing drivers.
In addition, the two best performing candidates will benefit from a Volkswagen drive in an appropriate regional racing series. The driver who impresses most earns a Volkswagen factory drive in the 2017 Engen Volkswagen Cup national championship racing series.
Entry to VW Driver Search will be by invitation but, if you or someone you know, meets the criteria, please feel free to forward the relevant details to firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than tomorrow to ensure that he or she is taken into consideration and not perhaps accidentally overlooked.
VW Driver Search will be conducted along similar lines to MSA’s recent Motorsport Development Academy (MDA), with the addition of a “Clutch and Gears” module to assist any young karters who may be selected with learning these vital skills. The candidates will then be put through the same MDA process of fitness assessment, practical and theoretical training at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre and at the Gerotek Test Facility.
VW Driver Search will then move into a knockout phase, from which the top eight drivers will return to attend a racetrack “shootout”.
The shootout process will whittle the field down to four and then two drivers, who will then each take part in a few regional races. — Wheels Reporter.