Motorsport UK Launches Disabled Drivers Scholarship

Motorsport UK has launched a Disabled Drivers Scholarship bringing access and opportunities to even more people who have an interest in getting involved in motorsport and I have the details. This week I also have video on the development of the FIA Rally Stars, news on a race series that literally accepts all types of cars and why working with a sports psychologist could be beneficial to your development as a race driver.

All this and more in this week’s edition of the Driver Development Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. It’s news that developing race drivers can use.

Motorsport UK Launches Disabled Drivers Scholarship

Motorsport UK, in partnership with Loughborough Car Club and the FIA Sport Grant Programme, has launched a Disabled Drivers Scholarship to make the sport more accessible for disabled participants.  

The StreetCar Disabled Drivers Scholarship expands on the successful partnership between Loughborough Car Club and Motorsport UK in introducing the sport to newcomers.  

Taking place on 11 May at Motorsport UK’s Headquarters at Bicester Motion, the day will offer a group of disabled motorsport enthusiasts a unique chance to experience the range of adaptations available to participate in an AutoSOLO. To find out more about AutoSOLOs check out the StreetCar website here.

The vehicles feature flexible adaptations, including hand operated accelerator and brakes, a choice of accelerator positions, additional upper back support and a choice of steering wheels to enable participants to enjoy the thrill of car control within a regulated environment.  

All participants will undertake a series of tests designed to assess car control, determination and attitude, with the most promising drivers offered an opportunity to win a fully funded season of AutoSOLOs and access to an adapted car. 

Interested participants are invited to apply for a place on the Disabled Drivers Scholarship by registering here.

In the two videos above, get a look at how they conduct the search for the next FIA Rally Star winners.

Entries for the MSVR All-Comers Series are now open. As the name suggests, this series attracts a diverse range of cars, from popular tin tops to factory-built GTs. And it offers great value for money, with a 20-minute qualifying session and two 20-minute races all taking place in one day, for an entry fee of just £350.

Drivers of all experience are invited to join the grid, whether they’re new to the sport or seasoned experts. The series is open to any closed-wheel Motorsport UK legal car, with two distinct classes:

Class 1 – Factory racing cars, highly modified production cars, and open tops
Class 2 – Classics, hatchbacks, and traditionally road-based cars

As well as offering affordable, competitive fun, former drivers have used the MSVR All-Comers series as a stepping-stone for obtaining the necessary signatures to upgrade to a Motorsport UK National race licence. Click here to enter online.

TGRA Scholarship Series

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Australia (TGRA) Scholarship Series is back in 2024 to support and help nurture the next generation of Australian motorsport champions, following a highly successful debut season in 2023.

The TGRA Scholarship Series provides an opportunity for young aspiring professional drivers to hone their circuit driving skills in a safe and exciting environment, behind the wheel of a Toyota 86 race car.

Women in Motorsports North America has announced the second year of its contingency fund program open to women NASCAR drivers aged 21 and over.

“Coming off the record-setting payouts of the 2023 racing season, Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA) is excited to once again offer $200,000 in contingency money supporting women pursuing racing careers in NASCAR-sanctioned racing series. The program utilizes a points system for women drivers 21 years and older with monetary rewards based on race results throughout the 2024 racing season.”

Oliver Rowland has revealed that working with a sports psychologist has given him a significant boost ahead of, and during, the current FIA Formula E season, and says he relishes being the underdog of the championship.

“Mentally, it was very tough. I’ve been working with a sports psychologist throughout the last six months, which I think has helped me massively in regaining my confidence and focus on the job in hand.”

The April 18th episode of the Backseat Drivers Podcast is with Enzo Mucci, Manager/Coach of Ollie Bearman, Liam Lawson and many other high profile drivers. They discuss high performance, performing under pressure, starting motorsport with no cash, Max Verstappen as a kid and his upbringing and much more! You can watch it above.

Ross Bentley of Speed Secrets has important advice for When S*#t Happens. “If you’re human — and I suspect you are — then it’s only a matter of time before you have some level of doubt about your abilities. It may not be in the beginning, it may not be right now, it may not be in the near future. But I can guarantee it will happen. You either have had, or will have confidence issues.”

Brandon McCaughan

Brandon McCaughan made his GB4 Championship debut in style at Oulton Park. After winning the series’ Shootout for Formula Ford drivers late last year, he was victorious in his second-ever race in slicks-and-wings machinery, but the Irishman is only set to race in the first two rounds of the GB4 season. Having been on a unique journey to this point in his career, Feeder Series spoke to McCaughan to learn more.

“GB4 was never on the cards for McCaughan until he won the 2023 rendition of GB4’s Shootout for National Formula Ford drivers. He won out against Canadian competitor Nathan Yu after a test day at Snetterton with Fortec Motorsport and simulator sessions with the esteemed Daventry-based team, earning himself a £20,000 contribution towards a 2024 GB4 drive.”

Mark Boudreau
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Mark is the publisher of Motorsport Prospects. As a former lawyer, he applies his legal background and research skills to assist race drivers by showcasing the resources they need to make their motorsport careers happen.