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Nominations Open For 2010 CAMS Rising Star

press release

The Australian Motor Sport Foundation (AMSF) is seeking nominations from Australia’s talented young drivers to be part of the 2010 CAMS Rising Star Program.

The aim of the program is 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.

The program has been an enormous success since its inception in 2004. It has seen the likes of Scott Pye develop and grow from strength to strength under the auspices of the CAMS Rising Star. Pye, in his second year of the program, has consistently been a strong contender in both the state and national competitions and is currently sitting in fourth place of the Australian Formula Ford Championship standings. This year Pye is joined in the program by Luke Ellery and Nathan Morcom.

”The CAMS Rising Star Program has been an enormous benefit in developing my skills and abilities,” said Pye.

“It has enabled me to maximise my opportunities in achieving my ultimate goal of
Formula 1, and has taught me much more than just motor racing.

“I have really enjoyed the team atmosphere that the program provides, as well as the expert knowledge that the AMSF Board has to offer.”

Drivers are required to nominate themselves to be considered for the program - an approach specifically chosen to encourage drivers to be proactive in their pursuit of an international open-wheel motor racing career. The successful nominees will compete in either state or national level Formula Ford in 2010.

The 2010 program will be strengthened by a continued focus on fitness and ensuring peak performance. With fitness and development camps planned at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), team members will be able to train and learn at the world class facilities in Canberra.

“The CAMS Rising Star Program has demonstrated over recent years to be the leading driver development program in the country. Drivers selected will benefit from expert training and advice in pursuit of their motor racing aspirations and goals,” said AMSF General Manager Martin Stillman.

CAMS Rising Star graduates include John Martin, Ashley Walsh and Daniel Erickson. In 2009, Erickson has gone on to compete in the British Formula Ford Championship as part of the AMSF International Rising Star Program.

Financial support is provided to the CAMS Rising Stars through the AMSF, as well as access to a range of support services including, but not limited to: media and sponsorship training, specialised motor sport fitness training, networking opportunities within the AMSF Network 10,000 Group and exposure to the vast knowledge and skill base of the AMSF Board of Directors.

Drivers wishing to nominate for the 2010 Program must meet specific assessment criteria including age (14 years and above), past driver performance, and the demonstrated ability to provide the balance of an operational racing budget.

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

The deadline for nominations is Friday 10 July 2009.

The successful candidates will be announced in mid September 2009.

Click on the following links to view the selection criteria and download the nomination form:

CAMS Rising Star Program Selection Criteria
CAMS Rising Star Nomination Form

The CAMS Rising Star Program acknowledges the continued support of the Australian Government via the Australian Sports Commission, and the support from its partners including: the Australian Sports Foundation, Borland Racing Developments, OAMPS Insurance Brokers, the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport, Mark Webber, GMP Racing Products, Azumah, Pozest Fire and VDO.


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