Promising motor rally driver, young Chase Attwell left the country Wednesday for Salou, Spain, to participate in this weekend’s Pirelli Star Driver (PSD) Global shootout.
The PSD is the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA)’s ground-breaking driver development programme for young drivers around the world.
Each of the five regions namely Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Europe and South America has provided two candidates to compete in the global final from tomorrow to Sunday.
The scheme is designed to offer drivers from around the world the opportunity to compete at the highest level of the sport with a place in next season’s Junior World Championship at stake.
Young Artwell (20) will be knocking on the door of international recognition as he tries to grab one of the six places among the 15 other young drivers battling for scholarships from Italian tyre manufacturer Pirelli.
The only other local driver to have taken part in the Junior World Rally Championship is Conrad Rautenbach and no doubt Artwell would want to follow in his footsteps.
A statement on the FIA’s official website reads: “Sixteen drivers from around the world will arrive at the home of the Rally de España with high hopes of landing one of the potentially career-making slots that will provide up to six drivers with a fully-funded drive on selected rounds of next year’s FIA World Rally Championship.”
“The 16 drivers will drive one asphalt and one gravel stage in order for the judging panel to assess their ability behind the wheel.
“The drivers will face the judges during a presentation, where they will also be asked about various aspects of the sport.
“On October 22 (tomorrow) the drivers will be given advice on all physical, mental and psychological elements of competing at the highest level. The day will be led by 2001 World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid.”
This year’s shootout is the first of a truly global nature, with all of the drivers from the FIA’s regions coming together to do battle in one exciting day of competition.
The drivers selected will be announced on Sunday at the Rally de España.
Africa: Chase Attwell (Zimbabwe) Mohammed Essa (Zambia) Asia-Pacific: Brendan Reeves (Australia)