Ju­nior schol­ar­ship cre­ates a buzz

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THE RE­VIVED JU­NIOR SA­LOON Car Cham­pi­onship schol­ar­ship has at­tracted strong in­ter­est, de­spite en­tries only be­ing open for a short pe­riod.

The se­ries for 14-17-year-olds did not run a schol­ar­ship for the 2017 sea­son, but has de­cided to re­vive the ini­tia­tive. An as­sess­ment day will take place at Sil­ver­stone on Fe­bru­ary 24 and the win­ner will re­ceive a fully funded sea­son in the cat­e­gory in 2018 – a prize es­ti­mated to be worth £30,000.

En­tries for the schol­ar­ship were open from the mid­dle of last month, and half of the places had al­ready been filled within days.

The se­ries has also en­tered a part­ner­ship with three char­i­ties – the Teenage Can­cer Trust, Blood Bik­ers and the Na­tional Autis­tic So­ci­ety – and the scholar will act as an am­bas­sador for them.

“We will as­sess driv­ing skills, re­ac­tion skills and me­dia skills,” said se­ries co­or­di­na­tor Dave Beecroft. “We’re not nec­es­sar­ily look­ing for the fastest driver; we want some­one we feel has the most po­ten­tial and can rep­re­sent the char­i­ties in the right man­ner.”

Young driver will win fully funded sea­son

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