BTCC: VXR Racing Driver of the Year finals

THE HEAT IS ON FOR THE VXR RACING DRIVER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS Vauxhall's VXR Racing Driver of the Year competition to find a brand new racing driver is nearing its climax and the long-awaited final will take place on 13/14/15 January 2008 at ...

THE HEAT IS ON FOR THE VXR RACING DRIVER OF THE YEAR FINALISTS

Vauxhall's VXR Racing Driver of the Year competition to find a brand new racing driver is nearing its climax and the long-awaited final will take place on 13/14/15 January 2008 at Bedford Autodrome, where one smiling candidate will emerge to realise his dream of becoming a professional racing driver.

For 72-hours the 12 contenders will take part in key tasks allowing judges to keep a close eye on their individual performances in order to filter out the greatest talent, who will receive the highly lucrative prize of a fully-funded race seat in the 2008 Dunlop Sport Maxx Production Car Championship, worth 80,000 GBP.

The respective disciplines will include media and interview activities, written tests, driving elements and a fitness assessment led by a respected Formula One physical trainer.

"The eventual winner of the competition will be an all-round package and we will judge on all elements throughout the boot camp to find the best talent," said Vauxhall's Group Marketing Manager Richard Hughes, who is one of the judges.

"It will be very interesting to follow the process and I'm sure some contenders will loose their nerves and it will get fairly tense towards the end."

The finalists will also receive great support from VX Racing's British Touring Car (BTCC) Champion Fabrizio Giovanardi and recently-signed Matt Neal, the first ever independent driver to have won the championship twice. Both drivers are perfectly suited for their roles of ambassadors judging on their experiences and will play a vital part during the boot camp, each mentoring a group of six final competitors.

"I'm very excited to take part in the boot camp to find the next big racing driver star in the UK," said Giovanardi. "I have met all of the finalists last year and they are all 100% committed and really want to win this.

"The three days will be extremely stressful for all participants and I think this will affect them a lot in terms of making mistakes."

VXR Racing Driver of the Year's 12 finalists come from all walks of life: a builder from Milton Keynes, an accountant from Winchester, an architect from London, a trade analyst from Edinburgh, a lorry driver from Manchester. Each has one clear ambition: to be Britain's next new name in motorsport! They've changed their lifestyles and their approach to physical fitness, all anticipating this competition could change their life for ever.

-credit: rsm.uk.com/VXRDriver

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