The Aspiring Driver Shootout is Back

The Aspiring Driver Shootout is back for 2024 as PT Autosport has announced that applications are now open, and you will find all the details in this week’s Driver Development Roundup. You will also learn about maximizing opportunities when you get them, building a championship racer mindset and more.

It’s all in this week’s edition of the Driver Development Roundup on Motorsport Prospects. Its news aspiring racers can use.

The Aspiring Driver Shootout is Back

PT Autosport will once again give an aspiring young racer the chance to make his or her racing dream a reality, as applications opened on Wednesday, March 13 for the team’s third annual Aspiring Driver Shootout. The Shootout will be held November 11-13, 2024 at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).

Prospective applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 23, but no prior racing experience is required – or expected.

For more information go to the Shootout application link here:

Driver Development Roundup

Championship organizer MotorSport Vision (MSV) has confirmed the leading female contender in this year’s GB4 season will receive a €30,000 prize contribution towards a potential drive in the 2025 F1 Academy series. The highest-classified female driver in the final points standings will receive the prize contribution towards an F1 Academy seat, should they go on to secure a drive in the series.

Ex-Formula 1 driver and multiple Le Mans winner Jan Magnussen has kicked off a new role with Porsche Carrera Cup and Sprint Challenge squad, MDK Motorsports. MDK owners Mark and Megan Kvamme have enlisted the Danish ace to oversee driver development in both the Porsche Carrera Cup North America and Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama as an advisor, mentor and coach.

Three official Clio Rally3s will line up in the French and Belgian Rally Championships this year. Following their outstanding performances last season in Clio Trophy France Asphalte, Clio Trophy France Terre and Clio Trophy Belgium, three young promising drivers will discover four-wheel drive competition with Clio Rally3 sporting a spectacular livery in Castrol colours.

The Aspiring Driver Shootout is Back

Porsche Carrera Cup Asia (PCCA) has announced its five-strong Talent Pool Presented by Michelin for the upcoming 2024 season, with the quintet of young racers to compete in the series this year. After the success of last year’s Talent Pool Assessment, PCCA will run the same program later in 2024 as it continues to search for talented young racers.

In the first episode of season 8 of The Race Driver Coach Show, Enzo Mucci discusses, amongst other things, maximizing opportunities when you get them and performing under pressure. You can watch a recording of the live webcast above.

In an extensive interview with, former Ferrari and Williams engineer Rob Smedley has outlined why finding a top female racing talent is a crucial goal for his Global Karting League.

The Global Karting League, which has now rolled out in the UK but is targeting championships around the globe, aims to offer an ‘arrive and drive’ solution for racers to show up and take part in national championships, using three different levels of electric kart for different age categories.

A particularly striking nugget of information about the GKL is that Smedley and his partners have called upon their F1 experience, and AWS, to roll out a ‘Talent ID’ analytical software that will learn how to spot particularly talented drivers. While results will obviously count quite a bit towards finding special drivers, the software will allow for spotting drivers who are maybe performing unbelievable feats on track but perhaps haven’t honed their skills enough to bring home strong results.

Becoming a championship racer isn’t just about having the fastest car or the most advanced equipment; it’s about mastering the mental game. In this blog post from MotiV8 Training, they explore the essential elements of the championship racer mindset and provide practical tips for developing it.

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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.