Young emerging drivers will have the opportunity to get a taste of national-level race cars later this year under the guidance of racing champion Marcos Ambrose.
Confirmed to take place at Symmons Plains Raceway and Baskerville Raceway, the Garry Rogers Motorsport’s ‘GRM Combine – Driven by Marcos Ambrose’ program will see young talents get seat time in the team’s TCR, Trans Am and S5000 race cars.
Led by Ambrose, who picked up the idea for the initiative during his time competing in NASCAR, the combine’s aim is to help drivers build a skill set in a variety of different cars in a controlled environment and under the guidance of experts.
The experts locked in to attend the event as coaches in addition to Ambrose include GRM's TCR drivers James Moffat and Dylan O'Keeffe and S5000 pilots James Golding and Nathan Herne.
Also included in the program are skid pan sessions, passenger laps with the drivers and a week’s worth of work experience at GRM’s race facility in Victoria are included in the combine, which Ambrose believes is critical for helping young aspiring drivers with direction.
“One of the critical factors for drivers aspiring to a motorsport career, and their families and sponsors, is knowing what path to take in the sport," Ambrose said.
“The GRM Combine is a chance for young drivers to sample a variety of high-level race cars – from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive V8 and open wheel - and see where they are at with the coaching and benchmarking of GRM’s pro drivers.
"Our intent is to assist drivers and their families with identifying that next step.
“The other element we are passionate about is educating young race drivers, which ultimately creates better drivers and improves the quality of racing. With what I have learnt in my career, and with the knowledge of GRM’s current drivers, we can distil our experiences for the benefit of participants in the Combine.
“This is not a driver search or an audition, but at the same time we are always looking for the next wave of talent and anyone who displays the right skills and attitude could certainly end up racing for GRM in TCR, S5000 or Trans Am.
"Fundamentally, this is all about the best form of training a driver can get - that’s track time, and in race cars which are at the upper levels of the sport.”
Interested participants can email [email protected]
for more information on the Combine, including costing and program inclusions.