The success of the 2016 Volkswagen Driver Search Program has prompted Volkswagen Motorsport to run the programme again in 2017.
Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) and Motorsport South Africa (MSA) will again partner in the programme to find another exciting non-white racing talent. The programme will again be administered by MSA’s subcontracted training partner, Motorsport Training Africa (MTA).
VW Driver Search will see sixteen (16) non-white candidates, roughly between the ages of 15 and 25 and with at least some motorsport-related experience, being selected to take part in a programme from 23 to 26 September 2017, to evaluate their all-round skills as potential racing drivers. In addition, the two best performing candidates will participate in a 3 Hour Endurance Race at Aldo Scribante Raceway in Port Elizabeth to determine the winner of VW Driver Search 2017. The winner will earn himself, or herself, a Volkswagen factory drive in the 2018 Engen Volkswagen Cup national championship racing series.
VW Driver Search will be conducted along similar lines to MSA’s Motorsport Development Academy (MDA). The candidates will then be put through the same MDA process of fitness assessment, practical and theoretical training at the University of Pretoria’s High Performance Centre and at the Zwartkops Raceway.
The shootout process will see the 16 candidates cut to 8 at the end of Day 2. Day 3 will see a further cut to 4 and the top 2 will emerge at the end of Day 4. The top 2 then go to the final shoot out at Aldo Scribante Raceway to determine the series winner.
The 2017 program has been kindly supported by new partners who see the value in this programme. Zwartkops International Raceway, Engen and Dunlop are all supporting this great initiative.
“The Volkswagen and Audi brands have played a significant role in nurturing black South African racing talent over the years, with the most obvious examples being Tschops Sipuka and the late Gugu Zulu. They were amongst the pioneers in bringing local motorsport to a wider audience and we are excited at the prospect of VW Driver Search revealing the next future stars that will carry on their good work. The 2016 winner Jonathan Mogotsi has already won a race in the challenging Engen Volkswagen Cup series, which proves that the program is serving its purpose.” - Mike Rowe: Volkswagen South Africa Motorsport Manager
“Volkswagen has been a valued supporter of local motorsport over many years and MSA is happy to once again be able to partner with the company in an initiative that proved hugely successful last year and achieved its aim of generating greater interest in motorsport amongst more of the South African population, thereby contributing greatly to the future sustainability of local motorsport.” - Adrian Scholtz: Motorsport South Africa CEO