Grand Prix Shootout news 2009-08-27

Grand Prix Shootout September dates announced Grand Prix Shootout's quest to find a future Formula One star continues next month with further assessment days planned for September 8/9 and 22/23. The scheme offers those already competing in ...

Grand Prix Shootout September dates announced

Grand Prix Shootout's quest to find a future Formula One star continues next month with further assessment days planned for September 8/9 and 22/23.

The scheme offers those already competing in karting and junior motorsport across the globe an opportunity to climb the sport's ladder, regardless of budget, provided they have the talent.

The previous three evaluation days held at Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground throughout July and August were a great success with drivers battling for a seat in next season's Formula BMW Europe championship with Raikkonen Robertson Racing.

It's perhaps testament to the course's reputation, not to mention USF1 chief Peter Windsor's involvement, that many of the aspiring F1 drivers taking part are currently frontrunners in their respective championships.

2009 Formula Renault UK race winners Dean Stoneman and Jesse Krohn, current Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain top two James Cole and Josef Newgarden, 2009 Formula BMW Americas champion Gabby Chaves, as well as top KF1 karters Ben Cooper, Elliot Burton and Jordon Lennox-Lamb, were amongst those competing for an invite to Pembrey race circuit on November 23-25 where the nine finalists will be assessed.

Entries are now open for further would-be superstars to join this exciting opportunity. Under the watchful eye of esteemed F1 driver coach Rob Wilson, BTCC ace Stephen Jelley and A1GP Great Britain regulars Robbie Kerr and Danny Watts, drivers will demonstrate their skills in Fiat Abarth hot-hatchbacks.

It was the same method employed by Wilson when he selected individuals for Honda's young driver programme and one he's used to train the likes of former F1 World Champion Kimi Raikkonen.

Grand Prix Shootout consultant Peter Windsor said: "What I love is that anyone can enter. You don't have to worry about making a short-list. You know you're going to be evaluated the same way as the winner was at the same preliminary stage. If you do well enough, are prepared to learn, listen, be self-critical and have the physical talent as well as the right attitude, then you will almost certainly succeed.

"It also gives everyone an opportunity to come face-to-face with the world's best driver coach who can compare them to a database of talent that includes Formula 1 World Champions. So, if you've ever wondered 'Have I got exactly what Kimi Raikkonen had at the same stage of his career?' then we'll have the answer."

Josef Newgarden, who currently lies second in the Formula Ford Championship of Great Britain, added: "This is a fantastic programme being created for young, aspiring racing drivers. It was a great day and one that helped to improve my driving style thanks to their coaches' expertise. You are always learning new things no matter whether you're a F1 driver or just starting out in karts. I would relish the chance to do anything to improve and build on my foundations."

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Series Formula 1 , Formula BMW , Formula Renault , Kart
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Robbie Kerr , Josef Newgarden , Dean Stoneman , James Cole , Jesse Krohn , Danny Watts , Ben Cooper , Stephen Jelley , Gabby Chaves