Kiwi Drysdale wins Castrol-backed Suzuki Swift Sport Cup scholarship
Josh Drysdale has won an exhaustive selection process to win the $35,000 Castrol-backed Suzuki Swift Sport Cup scholarship for the 2013 season.
The Bunnythorpe teenager and Palmerston North Boys High School student has secured a Swift Cup car for the six-round calendar to co-incide with the V8 SuperTourer Championship.
The 16-year-old has won a package that includes a Winger Suzuki drive car to use during the season, safety apparel from Chicane Racewear, car sign-writing from Hamilton Stripes and Signs and access to an engineer for race weekends.
Drysdale not only had to display his on-track skills but also show ability in fitness, aptitude and interview skills.
He posted the fastest time in a one-lap shoot-out around the 2.7km Hampton Downs circuit.
“Josh sealed the deal with his flying lap,” Castrol NZ marketing manager Jayne McEwan said.
“Being fit, personable and able are all required traits but to perform under pressure is the true litmus test.
“We believe Josh has the right mix of ability and capability to fit our Castrol EDGE campaign at a grass roots level.”
Drysdale, who has an extensive karting background, was assessed by NZV8 Championship-winning driver and V8 SuperTourer racer
“It was very cool to have someone next to me who is so well-known as a race car driver and who had the faith at encouraging me to push a bit harder,” Drysdale said.
“He was able to help me in areas where I was struggling, turning negatives into positives but it was scary too as I didn’t want to stuff it up.”
2013 Suzuki Swift Sport Cup calendar (provisional)
Round 1: Feb 16-17 Hampton Downs
Round 2: Mar 9-10 Powerbult Tools Raceway, Ruapuna, Christchurch
Race 3: May 11 ‘Special Event’ Auckland City
Race 4: Oct 19-20 Ricoh Taupo Motorsport Park, Taupo.
Race 5: Nov 9-10 South Island (TBA).
Race 6: Dec 6-8 Pukekohe.