The Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) has nominated rally driver Brendan Reeves and up-and-coming single-seater star Jack Le Brocq to be considered for the second intake of the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.
The FIA Institute programme is designed to prepare the most talented young drivers to compete at the pinnacle of the sport, while improving driver and road safety skills and actively promoting safety, fairness and responsibility.
The FIA Institute will now collate all the nominations from the various National Sporting Authorities before choosing 30 finalists to attend a selection event in Austria in November, from which 18 will be chosen to join the programme.
Reeves, from Wedderburn, Victoria, is currently part of the World Rally Championship Academy Series – a development category running Ford Fiesta R2 rally cars.
Reeves is currently fifth in his first full season of international competition, having achieved three fourth-place finishes in his first three events in the championship.
Le Brocq, from Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria, is the National CAMS Rising Star and currently sits third in the Australian Formula Ford Championship. Recently, Jack travelled to the UK where he is currently preparing for Rounds 22, 23 & 24 of the British Formula Ford Championship to be held at Silverstone Arena – ahead of the renowned British Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch.
CAMS believes that the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy represents an excellent opportunity for driver progression. “The number of high-quality applications we received is a testament to the depth of young Australian motor sport talent in this country,” said David Morgan, Chief Executive of CAMS.
“It is also an indication of the regard with which these positions are held within the motor sport community – to be trained for a career in motor sport by the FIA itself is a significant opportunity.
“With the results that Brendan and Jack have already achieved – as well as the undoubted talent that they have shown in their young careers – we are confident that they will be excellent ambassadors for Australian motor sport.”