Racing Together Overview

  • 21 August 2020

    Applications Open

  • 03 October 2020

    Applications Close

  • 03 October 2020

    Applicant Selection

  • 24 & 25 October 2020

    2 Day Programme

  • 25 October 2020

    Winner Announced

The 2020 intake for Racing Together is now closed. Check back soon for further announcements.

Racing Together Concept

Australian Motorsport has not had any noticeable participation by our Indigenous People.

Motorsport, like any sport, has enormous potential to provide a source of enjoyment, motivation and pride, to those who participate, be it as a driver, mechanic, race engineer or event official.

The Racing Together project is designed to identify and then assist suitable candidates from a cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths of both genders, in the 12 to 16 years age group, and provide them with an opportunity to pursue a career in our sport, as either a driver or a member of a race team.

The project will be a two step programme run in the southern Brisbane suburb of Logan. The first pilot programme is due to commence in late September or early October.

To enter, please click the button below to download the entry form. The form will need to be completed and signed by a parent or legal guardian and returned to us at no later than 03 October 2020.

Racing Together Candidates Group Image - 2020

The Project - Step One

The first step involves a pilot programme which will be run in Queensland. It will be based on Logan City which has Queensland’s highest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

It will comprise the following:

  • Consultation with Community leaders and professional Indigenous advisors, on appropriate selection criteria and selection process.
  • Select 30 Indigenous youths in the 12 to 16 age group with at least 20% female participation.
  • Bring the group to a central location for a two-day intensive training, education and selection programme. All travel and other costs will be covered.
  • The programme will be based at the Norwell MotorPlex (located halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast) which also has classroom training facilities and a wide range of vehicles for use in competition, including dual control cars.
  • Participants will be kitted out with T shirts and caps. Vehicles and helmets will be provided where required.
  • Participants will be given expert instruction on:
    • How to drive
    • Racing safety
    • Driving attitudes
    • Incremental speed attainment
    • The racing environment on track
  • In addition, whilst one part of the group is engaged in driving and race training, a concurrent group of classroom subjects will be presented to the other. These will alternate over the two-day Programme.
  • Subjects that will be included in the classroom training will be:
    • Social responsibility including obligation to continue with normal education studies
    • Road safety
    • Careers in motorsport – STEM opportunities
    • Personal health, safety and well-being
    • Elementary vehicle mechanics
    • Diet and nutrition
    • Physical preparedness
    • CPR and First Aid
  • Leading motorsport identities have already offered to present sessions at the programme.
  • Participants will be divided into small groups over the weekend. They will be given the chance to experience hands-on familiarisation with the components of a vehicle, engine assembling, and other race team activities.
  • All meals from morning tea Day one until afternoon tea Day two will be provided.
  • At the end of Day 1, following the evening meal, participants will be driven in minibuses to their respective homes, with anticipated arrival between 8pm and 9pm.
  • For Day 2, participants will be collected from their respective homes between 7am and 7.30am and breakfast will be provided upon arrival at Norwell.
  • A COVID 19 Plan will be designed based on Motorsport Australia’s Return to Racing protocols.
  • All volunteer and professional workers who are required to hold Blue Cards (government approval for working with children) will do so.
  • At the end of the programme, the selectors will evaluate each participant and identify at least one driver with talent.
  • Other participants who demonstrate an interest and enthusiasm plus certain other characteristics will be identified to form part of a “team” to support the selected driver(s).
  • The selected driver will be awarded a scholarship to compete in rounds of an appropriate series or championship (probably using Hyundai Excels), and be provided with a competitive car, team facilities, tuition, equipment and travel costs, for competition in 2021.
  • The other selected participants will be involved in the “team” for 2021 including the possibility of building the race car under instruction for appropriate parties including those at Norwell MotorPlex.
  • Both selected participants will be constantly mentored and monitored to ensure that routine student studies and school attendances are adhered to.
  • Funding for the programme will come from the Connelly family and its related entities. Participants will not be required to make any financial contribution.
  • The programme would be conducted with the approval and support of Motorsport Australia.
  • A sanctioning permit and related Public Risk and Personal Liability Insurance would be obtained from Motorsport Australia.
  • Should the selected driver be under the age limit for a Motorsport Australia license, they will participate in a Karting programme initially until they reach the required age.

Project - Step Two

Subject to the success of the Pilot programme, the project would be extended to multiple regions of Australia.

Consultation will be conducted with Indigenous Community leaders to ascertain appropriate venues and in particular identify remote area candidates and the means to ensure their participation.

Corporate and philanthropic contributions would be sought to supplement the funding for this phase of the project.

Hyundai Racing series side by side racing
Hyundai series car on track

The Project - Step Three

Should a suitable driver candidate be identified following at least one year of competition, funding will be provided for participation in the Ferrari Academy (Asia Pacific) which involves circuit racing in an FIA Formula 4 single seat race car, in Sydney.

A “pathway” for a potentially successful candidate, through the sport, would be mapped and implemented, and assistance in sourcing funding provided.

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