Flag drops for inaugural ARDC Race Academy

The Australian Racing Drivers’ Club (ARDC) has announced the foundation of a unique, industry-led racing academy to support the next generation of elite motorsport champions. It kicks of with a karts to Formula 4 program.

Known as Formula Pathway, and delivered in partnership with AGI Sport and Focus Driver Performance, the program, which will be operated out of the Australian Motorsport Innovation Precinct (AMIP), could include touring cars and motorbikes in the future.

For now though, it offers a unique two-day program designed to assist emerging racing drivers progress from top-tier karting to the rigors of adrenaline-charged Formula 4 racing, and hopefully beyond sits at the core of the project.

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With the re-introduction of the Australian Formula 4 Championship (with the same car that’s used in Europe), the aim is to keep the best Australian and New Zealand talent within the local competition to hone their skills, before they take on the world stage.

The appeal to young talent and their families is obvious: racing cadets can spend a formative season in Australia racing locally and be back home on a Sunday night to continue schooling on a Monday.

Unlike a typical ‘come and try’ style event, the Formula Pathway program has been crafted as an intensive hands-on classroom and circuit course, to better prepare drivers for what lies ahead.

The Formula Pathway program will allow State and National level karters to experience a Formula 4 vehicle for the first time at Sydney Motorsport Park, and is aimed at racers aged between 14 and 18.

“Karting has always been the breeding ground for future open-wheeler champions, and Formula Pathway is an amazing opportunity for up-and-coming drivers to test their skills and learn from the very best,” ARDC CEO Glenn Matthews said.

While identifying and nurturing the next generation of podium-level drivers and riders is forefront for the Formula Pathway program, the Academy itself will further look to embrace all facets of motorsport careers.

This includes mechanical and engineering, team support, data specialists and officials. The first cohort of ARDC Race Academy cadets will complete the two-day Formula Pathway program at Sydney Motorsport Park on July 4.

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