UK: ProSpeed Motorsport Scholarship news

Search is on to discover next Rally star. Yorkshire motorsport specialists ProSpeed Motorsport have launched their 2004 Rally Scholarship this week, as they begin the search to find the next British Rally Champion of the future. The ...

Search is on to discover next Rally star.

Yorkshire motorsport specialists ProSpeed Motorsport have launched their 2004 Rally Scholarship this week, as they begin the search to find the next British Rally Champion of the future.

The Sherburn-in-Elmet based company ran their Scholarship for the first time in 2003, attracting hundreds of novice drivers from across the world who battled it out for the prize of a fully paid for drive in the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup, a three event championship held over the winter months.

After evaluating drivers throughout the year, a tense and exciting final saw young Welshman Ieuan Rowlands walk away with the keys to the Group A specification Peugeot 206 XS. Rowlands then went on to win EVERY round of the Championship this winter - and became the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup Champion at his very first attempt.

Delighted with such a ringing endorsement for the Scholarship, ProSpeed Motorsport has made the unique prize even bigger and better for this season. The 2004 Scholarship winner will receive a full season of rallying with the team in 2005, a prize worth well over £30,000 in total.

Open to novice drivers from the UK and Ireland only, interest in the Scholarship has already been high with a number of drivers already booking in for the first rounds of the competition that begins in April.

The scholarship will be divided into three separate rounds. The first round, costing £199, will be open to everyone. It consists of an introduction to driving techniques in the classroom, followed by a long period of instruction and assessment on both gravel and tarmac, driving VW Golf Gti's and Peugeot 206's. The assessment rounds will take place at the RallyDrive rally school at Blyton Park, near Gainsborough, in North Lincolnshire.

The best drivers will be invited to a second round, where more intensive tests will be carried out to find the drivers who have the skill and determination to make it to the top of the time sheets. The six best drivers will then meet at the final in November where one driver will be picked as the winner, led by a team of expert judges including British Rally Champion, Jonny Milner.

Scholarship Manager Jamie Edwards is looking forward to an exciting year:

"Interest in the Scholarship has been very encouraging given the high profile results that our 2003 Scholarship winner has attained! Ieuan did a fantastic job in winning the Peugeot 206 Winter Cup Championship at his first attempt, and it really showed that Jonny Milner and the panel of judges did a fine job in picking the winner. 2004 is set to be bigger and better, with an even greater prize on offer, so we're expecting another set of quality novice rally drivers to take on the challenge that we offer. It looks like being an extremely exciting year for everyone involved!"

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