Congratualtions to Hitech Motorsport customers Matt Lockwood (NZV8, Mazda Pro 7 Plus and V8 utes) and also Alex Kelsey (NZ rally championship) on being named as successful applicants for the Motorsport New Zealand Elite Academy.
Nine young race and rally drivers have been selected for the 2010 MotorSport Elite Academy to be run in Dunedin in July.
Announcing the awards, chairman of the MotorSport New Zealand Scholarship Trust, Steven Kennedy, said that the successful drivers were drawn from a field of 18 applicants, all of whom must have had some experience in racing, rallying or karting and have plans to pursue further their motor racing careers.
The programme, which is run for the Trust by the New Zealand Academy of Sport South and Otago University’s sports science specialists, focuses on a wide range of skills required for high performance sport. Participants have to meet a very high standard of physical fitness prior to commencing the course.
“The scientists have recognised that the level of fitness and reflexes of the young drivers we have put through the academy has been the equal of Olympic athletes and their reaction times have been equal to or better than those of fighter pilots.
“The Academy is a tough, demanding programme both physically and mentally. Its benefit shows in the performance of many young Kiwi drivers both at home and overseas,”