Young racer wins scholarship

Tauranga racing driver Richie Stanaway is a winner of an inaugural MotorSport New Zealand President’s High Performance Scholarship.

MotorSport New Zealand president Shayne Harris says the new scholarship is to help provide off-track support for competitors involved in one or more major international motorsport events.

Richie Stanaway after winning a Formula Ford event in New Zealand last year.

“The funding from these scholarships will help with some of the many off track expenses like trainers, professional mentors and similar support required by competitors at the international level,” says Shayne.

Richie won the German ADAC Formula Master Championship last year and then went on to be selected for the FIA Institute’s Young Driver Excellence Academy that will train 12 of the world’s leading young race and rally drivers over the next 12 months.

Another winner of the MotorSport scholarship is rally driver Hayden Paddon and his co-driver John Kennard.

They finished third in the Production World Rally Championship in their rookie year last year, winning the Pirelli Star Driver scholarship.

“Both drivers are graduates from the Elite Motorsport Academy held annually in New Zealand which helped prepare them for the rigours of international competition.

“They are just two of several academy graduates who are performing with distinction overseas and that success is being noted in many parts of the sport.”


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