Aussie Driver Search competition launched for 2016


MEDIA RELEASE: Australia’s best undiscovered racing drivers are set to be unearthed in the new Aussie Driver Search competition, which was officially launched this week.

An evolution of last year’s Pulsar Driver Search program, Aussie Driver Search caters for a wide range of drivers, from complete rookies to those with karting or car racing experience under their belt, with fully-funded drives in national categories up for grabs.

Aussie Driver Search is the brainchild of Kyle Austin, a professional driver trainer who is passionate about providing talented drivers with the opportunity to further their careers.

“Motorsport is often out of reach for average people, due to barriers including funding and the infrastructure to prepare race cars,” Austin said.

“There are many people out there who want to become racing drivers, but don’t know how to become involved; there are also others who are involved in the sport and have plenty of natural ability, only for their careers to be cut short due to a lack of funding.

“Aussie Driver Search presents an opportunity for anyone, regardless of skill level or previous experience, to drive real race cars in a competitive environment and test their ability against others at an affordable price, with talented individuals scoring a fully-funded, arrive-and-drive deal in a national category.”

The competition will be held at the Marulan Driver Training Centre, two hours south of Sydney, on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 June 2016. As well as Austin, instructors/judges for the competition will be current V8 Ute Series leader David Sieders, Bathurst 6 Hour and Australian GT Championship race winner Nathan Morcom, and Dunlop V8 Supercar racer Matt Chahda.

The competition will be divided into four different categories. The Pro Category is the ultimate motorsport experience, with participants driving three different types of race cars and competing for a drive in an upcoming round of the Aussie Racing Car Series.

The other three categories are Amateur, Rookie and Karter. Participants in these categories will all turn 10 laps in a V8 Ute, with the category winners receiving a drive in Round 2 of the Australian Production Car Series (Amateur), a drive in a V8 Race car at Mount Panorama (Rookie) or a test day in a Duratec Formula Ford (Karter).

“For anyone who has wondered what it’s like to drive a race car, or for current racers looking to further their career, this is the ultimate opportunity,” Austin said.

For more information on Aussie Driver Search and to enter the competition, please visit and like the Aussie Driver Search Facebook page for all the latest news and information.