Class of 2020 invited to enroll at AMR Academy

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Good to see that on the eve of the start of the 2020 racing season over at Daytona International Speedway that Aston Martin Racing have today confirmed the continuation of their AMR Driver Academy into its third year of operation and open invitations for all eligible drivers to now apply to secure their position.

First introduced back in 2015, Ross Gunn was the successful young driver of that years intake of ten drivers from mainly the UK GT racing arena before branching out last year to accept a whopping twenty three individuals from AMR Partner and Customer teams from around the world.

2019 British GT GT4 Champion Tom Canning was the winner of last years campaign having been deemed to have 'ticked' more of the required 'boxes' in terms of performance improvement by the judges than his peers. As part reward for that achievement Canning received his testing opportunity in a factory Vantage GTE race car at the World Endurance Championship Rookie Test in Bahrain after the Championships eight hour endurance round in the Kingdom last month as well as a sizeable financial contribution to his 2020 racing endeavours, a TAG Heuer AMR watch and the elevated status of AMR Junior Driver - the winner of the 2020 Academy will win similar prize haul.

As usual, applicants aged between 17-25 and racing full season in a recognised Championship or Series with one of the many customer teams are eligible to apply for the 2020 Academy although this years intake will now be limited to just ten places at the discretion of the interview panel that again includes Darren Turner, Paul Howarth and Rachel Adam.

Just as before, this year’s contestants will be judged on a wide range of criteria including pace, consistency, technical feedback and fitness. The judging panel will also evaluate drivers’ ability to manage the strategic, teamwork, commercial and public relations aspects of their role.

At present, and despite any apparent lack in official announcements from the AMR teams across Europe and the rest of the world, competition for these places and the benefits that they will offer the successful individuals will already be intense so best not to waste any time.

Interested parties should submit their racing CV to by Friday 28 February 2020.

Photo credits - AMR

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