Junior development an important step in SA’s motorsport growth
Thursday 11 August, 2022
Participants in the Scout Motorsport Club of SA's Junior Development Program.
South Australian motorsport’s continual commitment to junior development has been in full flight this month with a number of car clubs holding multiple events targeted at the next generation.
With the growth of participation amongst young Australians integral in growing motorsport, like many clubs around the country, South Australian clubs such as the Scout Motorsport Club of SA, Tarmac JDP Association and the Southern District Car Club are doing their bit - providing juniors with an environment to build confidence and skill behind the wheel.
In July, the Southern District Car Club held its junior development program, while the Scout Motorsport Club of SA and Tarmac JDP also held events over one weekend earlier this month with all events welcoming lots of young drivers.
Making up of the Scout Motorsport Club of SA's event was a Come and Try Motorkhana and Junior Development Program.
For the motorkhana, 10 junior drivers featured in the event with five of them being returning participants, while the Junior Development Program had 12 teenagers aged between 14 and 17-years-old take part.
Both events saw the young participants complete a number of driving activities and slalom challenges, equipping them with not only the skills to drive, but to compete in motorsport.
One of the participants, 14-year-old Pria, was thrilled to be part of the event and to get her first ever experience in a car.
“It's been terrifying and fun all at the same time as I've never driven a car before, but I can't wait to do it again,” Pria said.
Both the Scout Motorsport Club of SA and Tarmac JDP Association also have events lined up in the near future tailored to young drivers in the hopes of increasing their memberships and growing the sport in general.
Motorsport Australia Director Kristen Bailey was pleased there was such an interest in motorsport amongst the younger generation.
“It’s fantastic to see so many young kids showing a desire to get involved in motorsport and programs like this are a great way to ease them into it,” Bailey said.
“I am sure there are many clubs out there who continue to spend a large portion of time in developing young drivers, so a big thank you must go out to them for their efforts.
“Of course, it’s amazing to not only see these clubs giving young kids a platform to do some motorsport, but for the kids to actually take up these opportunities and develop their skills.
“Both clubs have more junior development programs happening this year and I look forward to seeing many more junior drivers joining and climbing the motorsport ranks.”