The driver search contest that has been showcasing up and coming Australian Motorsport talent, will be represented on the grid in the opening MoComm Cup event at Wakefield Park on July 2 and 3.
The winner of the latest stage of the competition will team up with Kyle Austin in a TLA Racing Holden HSV GTS for the endurance race, that is set to be contested by a full field of production cars on the 2.2km Goulburn circuit.
The drive will go to the winner of the amateur competition, where drivers will undertake 10 laps in the Ford FG V8 Ute, in which David Sieders will be instructing the drivers.
That competition will take place in the next few days, with the winner to be announced in due course.
The competition has previously been involved with the VEK Tools Pulsar Series, and organisers are working with the Aussie Racing Cars series in 2016, with the overall competition winner to receive a fully-funded drive in a round of that championship, which supports the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, before the end of 2016.
This is a competition designed to help showcase the best up and coming drivers in Australian Motorsport, irrespective of their racing budget.
The NSW Production Touring Car Championship is a breeding ground for up and coming talent – which is one reason why the Aussie Driver Search program has chosen to associate itself with the series.
The NSWPTC is going from strength to strength in 2016 – Entries have flooded in for this round of the series, leaving organisers with the rare, but very good problem of having an oversubscribed field.
It’s highly likely that a full field of 36 cars will contest the one-hour race on July 3, which will provide the latest winner in the Aussie Driver Search with a great opportunity to showcase their talent, test their skill and challenge their race craft, against many different drivers in all sorts of different race cars.
With two 14-year olds set to contest this round of the championship, having one more up and coming driver on the grid is nothing but good news for the NSWPTC, as it continues to be a stomping ground for drivers rising up through the ranks of Australian motorsport – establishing itself as the best production car series in Australia.
Earlier this week, NSWPTC commentator Zak Caban spoke with the man at the helm of the Aussie Driver Search, Kyle Austin.
Q&A with Kyle Austin.
Zak: Kyle, talk to me about Aussie Driver Search – how did the concept come about, and what are you hoping to achieve through the competition?
Kyle: Through my involvement for a number of years within the motorsport industry, I have seen first hand how hard it is to get yourself onto the other side of the fence and behind the wheel. The concept for Aussie Driver Search grew from there and is creating the unique opportunity for those with any background or budget to try their hand at racing.
Z: We all know how hard it is to crack the Motorsport big time… money is often the factor that holds people back – will the Aussie Driver Search help unveil some of that talent?
K: Most definitely, talented drivers from the competition will go onto funded drives in race cars which will boost their profile and open doors. However it is not just the prize winners that will benefit as our aim is to provide exposure and guidance to all competitors to further their motorsport career.
Z: What categories can we expect to see these drivers racing in down the track?
K: This year we have chosen the Aussie Racing Cars for our major prize. Aussie Racing Cars were the logical choice being purpose built race cars, a fan favourite and also run on the national stage at the V8 Supercar events. It has been great to receive support from the Aussie Racing Cars Series throughout the competition and the backing of a category this year has helped a lot.
Z: One of your prizes is for a drive in an NSWPTC MoComm Cup event at Wakefield Park – what’s the appeal of that series for a competition promoter like yourself?
K:We originally planned to run the competition across 2 days with the Amateur Prize being a round in a HSV GTS Production Car in the National Meeting. We decided earlier on it was best to combine the competition into the one day and with the reduced entries the national meeting became unviable. NSWPTC was the next logical choice and we will be utilising the same HSV GTS in the upcoming event. The bumper fields, great racing and enduro formats were definitely selling points with the grid arguably more competitive than the national series. I am looking forward to driving in the MoComm Cup Event alongside the winner of the Amateur Competition
Z: Where to from here – what other series will the ADS look to associate itself, or get involved with after running this event with the NSWPTC?
K: We would like to continue our association with the Aussie Racing Cars & NSWPTC into the future however with the ongoing success of the competition I am looking to expand the opportunities for our competitors. Personally, the Dunlop Series would be a dream, however the viability of achieving this would be extremely difficult but a challenge I would be love to take on board. Watch this space!
Z: Any other comments?
K: Massive thanks to everyone who has helped make Aussie Driver Search a reality. It is awesome to see what this year’s competition has become and how far it has grown from humble beginnings last year. If you like the concept and vision behind the competition, please support us so we can continue making the competition bigger and better each year.