Ten drivers have been selected by Aston Martin Racing to compete in the team’s inaugural Evolution Academy this year.
Chosen by a panel of judges within the British team, Australian Jonathan Venter and Swede Dennis Strandberg are joined by Britons Matt Bell, Jamie Chadwick, Jade Edwards, Jody Fannin, Jake Giddings, Ross Gunn, Daniel Lloyd and Devon Modell.
The up-and-coming drivers, aged 16-25, will be put through a dedicated season with Aston Martin Racing.
Competing in the 24H Series, Blancpain Endurance Series, British GT Championship and GT Asia, the future stars will have their hand at Aston Martin Vantage GT3s and GT4s with mentorship by Aston Martin Racing works drivers.
The drivers’ performance over the course of the year will determine if they get a coveted spot in the Aston Martin Racing works lineup.
“We certainly weren’t looking for the finished article,” said Andrew Williamson, customer program manager at Aston Martin Racing. “Instead, we’re looking for someone who will become a well-rounded GT racer, someone who could be the team’s Darren Turner of the future.
“We have put together a program of training that draws from our works team’s excellent pool of resources and continually assesses the participants’ development.”
The young drivers will be invited to attend FIA WEC events this year, where they will be exposed to confidential engineering and technical briefings.