No longer content with simply recruiting new talent when they’re ready, young driver training programs are becoming increasingly vital to a racing team’s success and continuity. But while most of those programs are run by Formula One teams like Red Bull and Ferrari, this time it’s Aston Martin that’s set up a network of its own.
The British automaker, as any endurance racing fan will tell you, has a robust motorsports program, including works entries in the FIA World Endurance Championship, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans and theNürburgring 24 Hours, to say nothing of the privateer teams it supports in other series around the world. And to feed it with new talent, it has launched the Evolution Academy.
Designed for up-and-coming drivers between the ages of 17 and 25, the Aston Martin Evolution Academy will be limited to ten participants each season. Each trainee will be assigned a veteran professional racing driver from the Aston Martin Racing roster, get seat-time in Aston’s simulator, and will be coached in everything from fitness and nutrition to marketing and sponsor recruitment.
At the end of the program, the top of the class will be offered a contract to race full-time with the company, which would be a pretty plum assignment for any sports racing driver. The announcement was made at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, where Aston is showcasing its various Vantage-based racers.