Following a lengthy selection process initially involving 20 talented young British race drivers, eighteen year old Oliver Rowland (Sheffield) and nineteen year old Dan Wells (Salisbury), have been nominated and entered into the Formula Renault Winter Series.
Both drivers will be closely monitored and assessed and depending on their performance the decision will be taken to enter one of the pair into the Formula Renault UK Championship 2011.
With RSF Ambassador John Surtees OBE, karting’s Martin Hines, Fortec’s Richard Dutton and Derek Walters the pair were selected after a three-stage process. Stage one saw the team reduce the original 20 down to 11; stage 2 was a psychometric and simulator evaluation at Pure Tech Racings state-or-the-art test centre near Gatwick from which four were selected to go forward to stage 3. This involved a comprehensive physiological assessment at the Silverstone-based Porsche Human Performance Centre followed by a final on-track evaluation at Rockingham late last week. A final stage will be a review of their results in the FR Winter Series.
John Surtees: “Drawing on the skills of Richard Dutton and his team of race engineers, we were able to subject the final four to a number of tests not only to check their race craft skills, but also to measure their intuitive knowledge of the cars by changing settings between runs.”
Racing Steps Foundation founder, Graham Sharp: “Motor sport at all levels is a very costly undertaking and for many young British aspiring racers this is a huge barrier to progress. With the RSF working with top teams and advisers, we have been able to identify the best and most needy talent and to help them compete at higher levels in front of an international audience. Progress in the first three years has been substantial and I am very heartened by the sincere commitment and enthusiasm from all of the young beneficiaries.”