Bay teen Richie Stanaway is flying to Europe later this week to compete for a place in a Grand Prix shootout after coming third in the online voting poll hosted by www.driverdb.com
The three most popular drivers from the poll were awarded the opportunity to compete in the event later this month.
Richie came third with 1068 votes, second was Hamiltonian Martin Short with 1945 votes and first by a long way was Latvian Karline Stala with 7038 votes.
Richie’s manager, Maurice O’Reilly, says it’s brilliant that the 17 year old from the Bay has made it to the next stage of the competition.
On October 20, Richie will undergo an evaluation in England. The evaluation is a day’s testing with high level driving coaches, like new Zealander Rob Wilson, who has coached arguably the greatest driver of all time, Michael Schumacher.
The evaluation involves a variety of tests that examine an array of skills.
Maurice says Richie will drive a low powered front wheel drive car that handles badly around a track. From this the coach will assess his ability to pick up racing lines quickly on an unknown track and how to perform in a less than perfect car. He will also be assessed on his ability to communicate with sponsors and engineers.
Maurice is confident Richie will do well.
“Every time he jumps in a car he is fast onto a competitive pace. He has that ability in his driving – the x factor,” says Maurice.
From the evaluation, about the top six drivers will be given an opportunity to compete in the shootout race, with the winner of that event winning a place in a Formula Three team.