Motorsport Scholarship Puts UK Rally Hopefuls In The Driving Seat14 July 2005
Ever fancied the chance to drive a top-flight rally car in a major UK championship, all at the expense of a leading car manufacturer? Or how about the opportunity to become a vital part of the rally support crew, such as a co-driver or mechanic? That is the prospect offered by Innovation Motorsport through their brand new Rally Scholarship, which will provide a lucky few with fully-funded roles in the Peugeot 206 1400 Challenge throughout the 2006 season.
The new Rally Scholarship is open to anyone in the UK over the age of seventeen who holds a current valid driving licence. Every applicant will have a fair chance of winning, regardless of any past motorsport experience.
A carefully selected panel of independent judges will endeavour to find a team consisting of a driver, co-driver and two mechanics, who together will form the Innovation Rally Team 2006. Based on a three-round system, applicants will be assessed on a number of key areas including: driving skills, reading pace-notes and co-driving techniques, basic mechanical knowledge, TV interview skills, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.
The selection process will run throughout this summer with all qualifying rounds taking place at RallySchool UK, the Innovation Motorsports testing facility in Tong outside Bradford. Round one will commence on Monday August 15, round two will be held on Saturday October 1 and the grand final will take place on Sunday October 30.
Scholarship coordinator Jon Tucker commented: "We are very excited about the scholarship. As we all know, rallying is a team-orientated sport and it will be fantastic to see the Innovation Rally Team competing in next year’s Peugeot 206 1400 championship. This is a great opportunity for anyone who would like to become part of a works-supported rally team."
Innovation Motorsports director Chris Moore remarked, "It’s an interesting concept and I’m really looking forward to the selection process. There are an awful lot of people out there who would love the chance to be part of a professional rally team but have never been given the opportunity. Our scholarship offers that chance to everyone, regardless of their background."
For information on the scholarship, and details of how to enter, visit www.go-rallying.com