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Go What It Takes To Be a CAMS Rising Star?

CAMS is inviting potential candidates for its Rising Stars program to submit nominations for consideration. Nominations close on June 27th.

More Rising Star information is HERE.

press release

The Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF) is pleased announce that nominations are now open for the 2009 CAMS Rising Star Program.

Once again, Australia’s brightest young stars will be able to nominate themselves to be considered for the 2009 Program. Those selected to participate in the Program will compete in either state or national level Formula Ford.

Above: Who will be in the CAMS Rising Star Formula Fords in 2009?

The self nomination approach has been chosen to encourage young talented drivers to be proactive in their pursuit of an international open-wheel motor racing career. Recent graduates of the CAMS Rising Star Program who have gone on to race successfully overseas include Joshua Scott, Ashley Walsh and John Martin, with both Walsh and Martin chosen to be part of the new AMSF International Rising Star Program.

Launched in 2005 following a successful pilot year, the CAMS Rising Star Program aims to identify and fast-track the development of young Australian drivers from the junior ranks to national and international competition through clearly defined and supported pathways.

Drivers participating in the 2009 Program will benefit from several new initiatives including but not limited to, working with industry experts Phil Young (ex-Formula 1 personal trainer) and Phillip Whittaker (Sponsorship) as well as opportunities to test cars in higher formula.

CAMS rising star training camp
Above: a CAMS Rising Star Training Camp

AMSF General Manager Quentin Crombie confirmed the importance of the additions, “we are thrilled to be able to offer these extra elements to the Program and feel sure that they will make a significant difference to those who participate next year.”

Drivers wishing to nominate for the 2009 Program must meet specific assessment criteria including age, past driver performance, and the ability to provide the balance of an operational budget.

Once a short list of top candidates is established, they will be interviewed by an AMSF selection panel. State level candidates will also have to attend an evaluation camp at the Australian Institute of Sport and an on-track evaluation day at a Victorian circuit in late August.

The successful candidates will be announced after Round 6 of the Australian Formula Ford Championship at Phillip Island in mid September.

The nomination deadline is Friday 27th June 2008.

For further information on the assessment criteria and to download a nomination form, please visit www.amsf.org.au.

The CAMS Rising Star Program acknowledges the support from its partners including: the Australian Sports Commission, Borland Racing Developments, Biante Model Cars, OAMPS Insurance Brokers, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Mark Webber, Stand 21 Australia, Fleetwood Print Group, Just Cars, Robert Bosch (Australia) and McBadges.

Above: SA's Scott Pye is one of the current CAMS Rising Stars, along with Daniel Erickson (NSW) and Jake Chapman (Vic)


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