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Drivers begin school today 

Friday, July 04, 2014    

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TWELVE drivers are slated to benefit from Young Driver Training Programme hosted by the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) scheduled in Kingston, today until Sunday.

The programme, which was made possible by the world motorsports governing body -- Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), will see participants learning both theory and practical skills.

The 12 are Thomas Issa, Sabrina Sirgany, Chris-John Addison, Matthew Williams, Gordon McDowell Jr, Samantha Summerbell, Colin Daley Jr, Najee Scott, Dominic Peterkin and Timothy Stewart. Also included are Andre Anderson, 2013 circuit racing champion, and Daryl King, 2013 Rallysport champion.

"The project is possible thanks to an FIA grant of approximately US$79,000 with an addition US$22,000 coming locally," Marcia Dawes, Women in Motorsports Commission (WMC) National Coordinator and ASN Secretary, told Auto.

The United Kingdom pair of Colin and Helen Elstrop will do the training. Both have a combined 20 years of driving experience between them. When not providing instruction at their home circuit of Croft as Motor Sports Association (MSA) certified instructors, they offer rally training as far as Sweden.

As there will be theory as well as practical skills development venues, the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston and the Palisadoes International Raceway, Kingston, will be used.

"We will use the parking lot portion of the track laying out various courses with cones as we'd do with the average tarmac sprint," Dawes explained.

Over the three days, all 12 will receive instruction in three key areas: driving theory, driver knowledge, and practical skills. Subsets of these topics include: road handling characteristics, personal fitness, and racing lines.

The Young Driver Training Programme is the first of two projects to be completed with funds from the FIA grant. The second will be a follow up of the Officials Training Programme done in 2013.

- RD

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