Kwanda Moekoena is happy to go to Italy, but sad that he will only to get to watch the kart­ing.

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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 maria@mo­tor­sport.co.za 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.

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