Rising New Zealand race drivers will once more have a chance to fast-track their way to a competitive drive with the CareVets Racing Scholarship.
Now entering its third year, the scholarship is based around the competitive two car CareVets team and offers substantial support to one new competitor entering the Toyota 86 Championship for the first time.
CareVets, a New Zealand-owned chain of veterinary clinics and hospitals, has confirmed it will continue the race driver scholarship it established for the 2015-2016 championship. Entry applications are now open at www.carevetsracing.co.nz and close on August 28. Entrants must be between 15 and 25 years old.
The CareVets Scholarship was created in 2015 by company owner Keith Houston, a passionate motor racing enthusiast who was looking for ways to help foster rising talent in motorsport. It is the first such privately-driven scholarship in New Zealand motorsport and in its previous two years has taken racers to the Championship Rookie title and then (in the case of the 2016-2017 Championship) also to the Championship outright win.
“CareVets is very proud to help identify and support a talented young driver through the scholarship. We are looking to select a driver with ability and potential who might not otherwise receive this kind of support at this stage in their career,” he said.
Mr Houston says the CareVets Scholarship puts the successful driver in a competitive car in a two-car team environment and gives them the tools to visualise, plan and work towards their ultimate goal as a professional racing driver. The successful applicant will race alongside 2016-2017 scholarship winner and Championship Rookie title winner Jack Milligan.
All entrants must submit their application form by the 28th of July 2017 for consideration.
Once these have been processed, eligible candidates will be selected and are required to attend an assessment at Hampton Downs on the 7th and 8th August 2017. There will be a number of core criteria used to assess the entrants.
“The Toyota 86 Championship nurtures Kiwi race drivers on their way up, and we are very proud to help propel one future star on their way with the scholarship drive. For one young racer the CareVets scholarship website will indeed be the pathway to achieving their motor racing dream,” said Mr Houston.