We respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we work as a Team – the Yugambeh Speaking People (Norwell) and the Traditional Custodians of the Warwick area and their Elders, past, present and emerging.

Racing Together Races

  • 26-28 March 2021

  • 4-6 June 2021

  • 27-29 August 2021

  • 19-21 November 2021

We are competing in the 2021 Hyundai Racing Series QLD Excel Cup above at Morgan Park Raceway.

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 has commenced. The team is currently building their car and will race in four or five races in 2021.

We are looking for sponsors to help with the Pilot Programme and expand Racing Together beyond the Pilot Programme. If you are interested in helping in any way, please contact us by clicking here, or the button below.

Racing Together Team
Racing Together with Dick Johnson from Dick Johnson Racing

Next Steps

2021 – Hyundai Racing Series Queensland

The Racing Together Pilot team members will undertake comprehensive development to prepare for the 2021 competition season, including sourcing a Hyundai Excel road car and building it into a racing car complying with specific technical regulations, at Paul Morris's Norwell Motorplex workshop. Norwell staff and other experts will coach team members in race-driving, mechanical skills, safety, sustainability, media skills, team management and other elements deemed necessary for motorsport success, together with road safety and social responsibility obligations.

The Team will contest this series and will also "train" to be contesting several events at the Mount Cotton Hill Climb. Currently the Team has one already-prepared race car and is building its own "new" race car from scratch.

The Teams nominated driver (Braedyn Cidoni) was selected to drive the current car in the first round of the series held at Morgan Park (Warwick) on March 26/27/28. The plan is to then move Braedyn to the "new" car and train one of the young female Team members to drive the current car, with the objective to having her "competition-ready" in 2022.

Future Plans

Extension of the Programme

With Gunya Meta's assistance, it is hoped that the Programme can be extended to other Indigenous Communities, initially in North Queensland and the Northern Territory, during 2022.

We plan to hold another "Open Day" at Norwell in late 2021 with a view of recruiting additional members for the Logan-based Team.

Ferrari Academy

Subject to driver performance, we plan to secure a place for one Team member to attend the Ferrari Academy in Sydney in 2022.

Non-Driving Objectives

The Programme intends to provide a pathway for young Indigenous boys and girls, leading to careers in the automotive industry and eventually in motorsport. The Programme will encourage apprenticeships in the field of automotive mechanics and other STEM-based options.

In addition, some Team members will be trained in areas of Team Management, Media and Logistics.

Racing Together Team Building Racing Car

The Project - Step One

The first step involved a pilot programme which was based around Logan City which has Queensland’s highest population of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.

It comprised the following:

  • Consultation with Community leaders and professional Indigenous advisors, on appropriate selection criteria and selection process.
  • Selection of 30 Indigenous youths in the 12 to 16 age group with at least 20% female participation.
  • Bringing the group to a central location for a two-day intensive training, education and selection programme. This training was free to all participants.
  • The programme was 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 were kitted out with T shirts and caps. Vehicles and helmets were provided where required.
  • Participants were 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 was engaged in driving and race training, a concurrent group of classroom subjects was presented to the other.
  • Subjects included in the classroom training were:
    • 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, including several Supercar drivers, were on hand to present sessions at the programme.
  • Participants were divided into small groups over the weekend. They were 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 were provided.
  • A COVID 19 Plan was be designed based on Motorsport Australia’s Return to Racing protocols.
  • All volunteer and professional workers were required to hold Blue Cards (government approval for working with children).
  • At the end of the programme, the selectors evaluated each participant and identified at least one driver with talent.
  • Other participants who demonstrated an interest and enthusiasm plus certain other characteristics were identified to form part of a “team” to support the selected driver(s).
  • The selected Team are involved in 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.
  • The programme is conducted with the approval and support of Motorsport Australia.
  • A sanctioning permit and related Public Risk and Personal Liability Insurance has been obtained from Motorsport Australia.

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 future 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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Norwell Motorplex Logo

Contact


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