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FIA Institute seeking young driver talent 07 Sep 2011

FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011 Alex Wurz, FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011 Race winner Richie Stanaway (NZL) Lotus ART celebrates in parc ferme. GP3 Series, Rd 7, Race 2, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday 28 August 2011. FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Selection Event, Melk, Austria. 6th February 2011

There are now just three days to go to apply for the next FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. All eligible young drivers, aged 17 to 23 years old, are being encouraged to apply to their National Sporting Authority (ASN) by Friday September 9 to be considered for this global training programme, which is carried out under the expert tutelage of ex-Formula One driver and two-time Le Mans winner Alex Wurz, alongside Robert Reid, former world rally champion.

The Academy provides opportunities for upcoming drivers to develop the skills they need to progress their motorsport careers and to do so with a focus on safety. The participation and support of every ASN is central to the Academy's success, ensuring that the most talented and deserving drivers across the world have access to the initiative. Each ASN is responsible for assessing the applications they receive and choosing two candidates to be put forward to the FIA Institute.

Participants in the inaugural Academy, which began last year, have already reaped the benefits of the programme. New Zealand's Richie Stanaway, 19, is leading the German F3 Championship with nine wins and has gone on to race for the Lotus ART GP3 team, recently taking victory on his debut at Spa. Holland's Robin Frijns, 19, is leading the competitive Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series with three wins out of seven races. Norway's Andreas Mikkelsen, in his first season in the Intercontinental Rally Challenge (IRC), has taken more stage wins than any other driver so far. And that is not to mention the other nine Academy drivers who are all competing in high level racing and rallying championships.

Now the FIA Institute aims to give even more drivers a chance to benefit from the Academy. This year, 30 candidates will be chosen to go forward to the selection event on November 15-18 and a final 18 will be selected for the full training programme.

For more information and an application form, click here.