A Star is Born! Patrick Hogan wins Shoot-Out in Johnny Herbert 'Search for a Star' competition. A final track shoot-out today moved Patrick Hogan of Dublin today several steps higher series of rungs up the ladder to a potential Formula...
A Star is Born!
Patrick Hogan wins Shoot-Out in Johnny Herbert 'Search for a Star' competition.
A final track shoot-out today moved Patrick Hogan of Dublin today several steps higher series of rungs up the ladder to a potential Formula One career. Patrick was selected today at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Corby, Northants., as the winner of the final round of the Johnny Herbert Search for a Star competition, designed to offer one aspiring racing driver the chance to 'make it big' as a future motor racing star.
British Grand Prix winner Johnny Herbert announced the initiative back in January and since that time several hundred applicants have been evaluated at Rockingham. They were narrowed down to 43 finalists, who last week spent a day at Britain's fastest motor racing circuit being evaluated in multi-discipline driving activities in the saloon, sports cars and single-seat racing cars of the Johnny Herbert Rockingham Experience, Britain's fastest-growing track driving operation.
Two drivers stood out from the pack, Paul Wilson (18) from Edinburgh and Patrick Hogan (19) from Killiney, Dublin; but in a day of rapidly changing track conditions, the JHRE instructors felt that the two were so closely matched that the fairest way of judging the winner would be a shoot-out, when track conditions were more consistent.
Patrick's victory has won him a fully funded drive in the 2003 Avon Junior Formula Ford Championship (worth over £60,000), a proven route for stars of the future.
"It's fantastic, a dream come true," Patrick said after told the good news. "I can't remember a time when I didn't want to become a racing driver and now I have my chance. I have always believed that I have the ability but it is really nice to have someone else believe it also. I had a good run today but it was hard work against Paul, it'll probably take a few days for the reality to sink in."
"To be honest, every one of the forty three finalists is a winner -- and both Paul and Patrick are on their way to the top, I'm sure" said Johnny Herbert. "To reach the final, each of these young drivers has been through the toughest evaluation process we could create. It wasn't just about driving, it's about how you conduct yourself out of the car too, how you deal with the media, even how you'd how present yourself to sponsors."
"I'm really delighted for Patrick" Herbert concluded. "I know from my own experience just how much of a difference it will make to his future career. He's a worthy winner and we could just be looking at a future racing star, which is exactly why we started this initiative."