Young driver training programme

Friday July 4, 2014.

Young drivers to be trained

A select group of twelve (12) young Jamaican drivers are to undergo official training over the next three days, courtesy of the governing body for motorsports locally, the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC), through a grant from the world governing body, the Federation Internationale le Automobile (FIA).
The Young Driver Training Programme being organised by the JMMC through funding approved by the FIA.
Two United Kingdom based trainers are currently in the island to conduct the process, set for July 4-6, 2014. Colin and Helen Elstrop have been involved in motorsport for over 20 years; both are self-employed racing instructors dividing their time between places closer to home such as Croft Circuit in Darlington, or further flung frozen lakes in Sweden where they offer winter rallying tuition with Ice Driver.
This training programme consists of a range of theory input as well as skills development.  The material to be covered is outlined below.

Driving theory to cover:
The importance of fitness in motorsport
Performance Driving Techniques
Road Handling characteristics
Driving Skills Development

Driver knowledge
Personal Fitness
The right mental attitude
Goal Setting
Personal Safety
Safety of others

Practical Skills to include:
Track versus road
Vehicle safety features
Rev limits
Braking techniques
Racing lines
Heel & toe techniques
Overtaking rules and safety aspects
Vision and planning

There will be no cost to the participants to do the training.  Workshop sessions will be held at the Spanish Court Hotel and track training at the Palisadoes go kart track.
The twelve candidates are:
1.    Thomas Issa
2.    Sabrina Sirgany
3.    Chris-John Addison
4.    Matthew Williams
5.    Gordon McDowell Jr.
6.    Samantha Summerbell
7.    Colin Daley Jr.
8.    Najee Scott
9.    Andre Anderson
10. Daryl King
11. Dominic Peterkin
12. Timothy Stewart

The project is possible thanks to an FIA grant with additional funds coming from the ASN and local sponsors combined.

The project is being supported by Xsomo International, Stewarts Auto Group (who will be providing the cars for the practical sessions), Trade Wind Citrus and the Spanish Court Hotel.

This is the first of two projects that will be done this year through grant funds from the FIA.  The second will be a continuation of the Motorsports Officials Training programme started in 2013.
Contact programme administrator Marcia Dawes for more details @ rallyprincess@gmail.com

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2013 Competition license application and medical form

Please see attached new JMMC license application form along with the Medical form which is now a requirement.

Kindly note also that the requirements have changed in terms of documentation and information required for licenses to be processed. Please advise your members they MUST read page 1 and supply all that is requested for their license application to be accepted and processed.

For renewal members a medical will not be required for this year but will be mandatory for 2014 and at the subsequent intervals based on age as per Page 1 of the license form.   However, for all NEW applicants they MUST submit a completed medical in order for the license to be processed.

In light of the new requirements please advise your members that applications will therefore have to be submitted a clear 2 weeks in advance of when it is required and submission of an application form does not automatically mean that you will be listed as a license holder as was done in the past.

Medical form

Competition license application form

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Samantha Summerbell selected for young driver training program

Academy Americas Selection Event

Drivers from 12 countries across the Americas are set to take part in their regional selection event for the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy.

This year’s Academy involves a series of five qualifying events in regions across the world to give as many drivers as possible the opportunity to participate. This fourth event will be hosted by Organizacion Mexicana Del Deporte Automovilistico Internacional (OMDAI) on 14-17 October at the Autódromo Miguel E. Abed in Puebla.

Each FIA National Sporting Authority (ASN) in the region was asked to put forward their nomination, which was then assessed by the FIA Institute. To qualify, drivers had to meet a set of minimum criteria, as well as having demonstrated strong performance in competition so far.

On the final shortlist for this event are some of the top young drivers in motor racing and rallying across the Americas, including competitors from the US Pro Mazda Championship, European F3 Open and Protyre Formula Renault.

OMDAI president Jose Abed said: “We look forward to welcoming the 12 talented drivers that are coming from all over the American continent. OMDAI, with the help of its Young Driver School, has brought together the best trainers and specialists, so each driver will benefit from the highest standard of assessment and training.”

The event will produce one guaranteed winner to go forward to the 2013/14 Young Driver Excellence Academy. A further three drivers will be selected using a wildcard system, making a total of eight participants in the final Academy group.

Over three days the drivers will undergo exercises designed to evaluate fitness, driving performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology. The winner will receive a place on the Academy’s fully-funded training programme, which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, whilst increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.

The FIA Institute has shortlisted the following drivers for the Americas Selection Event:

Al-Mutawaa BRAZIL

Edson Martins Coelho Junior, 18
Current championship:
Mercedes-Benz Grand Challenge

Al-Mutawaa CHILE

Rodrigo Caballero Alcayaga, 22
Current championship:
Cross Country Rally Chile


Juan Diego Piedrahita (TBC), 21
Current championship:
Pro Mazda Championship


Mauricio Hernandez, 18
Current championship:
Costa Rican Karting Championship

Al-Mutawaa CUBA

Orlando Valderrama, 18
Current Championship:
Cuban National Karting Championship


Michael Tejeda, 18
Current Championship:
Dominican Republic ROTAX MAX Sr. Championship


Andres Saravia Minondo, 22
Current Championship:
European F3 Open


Tito Alfonso Leoni, 22
Current Championship:
Honduras National Auto Cross Championship

Al-Mutawaa JAMAICA

Samantha Summerbell, 17
Current Championship:
Jamaican Modified Production Championship

Al-Mutawaa MEXICO

Jorge Cevallos, 19
Current Championship:
Protyre Formula Renault UK


Skylar Robinson, 17
Current Championship:
BRSCC Avon Tyres FF1600 Triple Crown


Diego Ferreira, 19
Current Championship:
Pro Mazda Championship

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VIDEO: ATL unveils new and improved Audi TT-R DTM

ATL holds Audi-ence

Friday, March 01, 2013

THREE days ahead of Sunday’s race meet at JamWest Speedway in Westmoreland, the new and certainly improved Audi TT-R DTM was unveiled at the dealership’s state-of-art showroom in New Kingston yesterday.

The occasion also marked a reuniting of race car driver Doug Gore with his super machine since its collision at the Dover Raceway in St Ann in May last year.

“It’s been nine months since I’ve been behind the wheel of this wonderful machine,” said Gore.

In his presentation to the audience, former lap-time record holder said he thought his career would have ended with the crash. However, the ATL Group and his sponsors have been very supportive.

“We will be champions again,” he said.

The Audi was flown to Germany to be repaired by the hands that crafted it, ABT Sportsline.

ABT’s instructions were beyond a simple fix-it job.

“They were told to return a competitive car, or sell it,” Gore told Auto.

Adam Stewart, ATL Automotive’s CEO, thanked Jamaica for accepting the brands his company sold and shared his commitment to being number one.

“The move into the automotive sector for our group had been a solid one. It is something we chose to do, and wanted to do it differently,” he said.

“When we took over Audi brand [in 2010], 14 units were sold per year. Last year, we sold 174 vehicles,” Stewart said.

He used the opportunity to laud race car veterans David Summerbell Jr and Peter Rae. He said the Thunder Sport class would again be buzzing with excitement with Gore’s return.

The overhauled Audi has been made to look like the current generation. Under the skin, engine power has been upgraded, as well as suspension.

“A lot of the changes came from what ABT saw and data captured on local conditions; so it should be even faster than before,” Gore told Auto.

ABT’s input has gone even further for the 2013 season indicating their confidence in the Audi TT-R.

“ABT reduced their parts and labour costs as part of a sponsorship package for us. Their sticker will be on the car this year,” Gore said.

Other sponsors include Boom Energy Drink, Rainforest Seafoods, and Sherwin Williams.

On its race debut this weekend, ABT DTM race engineer Franco Chiocchetti is expected to be in attendance to ensure the car performs at its optimum.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/ATL-holds-Audi-ence_13751439#ixzz2MIjHVF1c

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McFarlane heads JRDC

Rory Daley

Friday, February 01, 2013

CHRISTOPHER ‘Teach’ McFarlane was elected president of the Jamaica Race Drivers Club (JRDC) at its annual general meeting at the Liguanea Club, St Andrew, on Tuesday.

McFarlane takes over the organisation’s reins from Captain Marck Carey, who has held the position since December 2011.

McFARLANE… I want to improve spectator, competitor and sponsor participation. (Photos: File)

“I was nominated. I accepted and ran unopposed,” McFarlane told Auto.

The JRDC is responsible for circuit racing, primarily at Dover Raceway.

McFarlance, who is no stranger to motorsport, unveiled a 10-point plan to build on the foundation left by the previous executives.

“The first six are improvements. I want to improve spectator, competitor, and sponsor participation. We must strive to increase communication in all areas of the club and with our external partners,” he said.

He also wants to see talent within circuit racing get boosted through previously unused channels.

“The Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club (JMMC) has the option to bring FIA (Federation Internationale de l’Automobile) professional training to the island and we’d like to exploit that to raise the level of our hardworking marshals,” he said.

With JamWest Raceway in Westmoreland now ready for its first full season of racing, McFarlane sees this as a chance for drivers to move ahead as well.

“I’d like to change the image of the club from primarily promoting Dover events to one more of developing drivers and the sport in general.”

Christopher McFarlane driving his Mitsubishi Lancer in a recent competition

McFarlane plans to put forward mechanisms to lower costs to teams while increasing competitiveness.

The 2013 JRDC executives include: Norman Minott, vice-president; Don Thompson, treasurer; Monique Gibbs executive secretary; Cressmore White, Silbourne Clarke, Raymond Donaldson, Captain Marck Carey.

Read more: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/auto/McFarlane-heads-JRDC_13529249#ixzz2JexotZ9b

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J’cans Receive Regional Awards

From the Jamaica Gleaner

J’cans Receive Top Regional Awards

Published: Sunday | January 27, 2013 0 Comments

Jamaica Automobile Association head Earl Jarrett (left), Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club president Peter Clarke (second left), go-karter Joshua Sirgany (second right), and Dover’s 2012 champion Sebastian Rae (right), at the FIA Americas’ Award ceremony in Panama City, Panama, on Saturday, January 19. -Contributed
Glenroy Sinclair, Assignment Coordinator

A section of the large crowd which gathered at the five-star Rio Hotel, Panama City, Panama, last weekend, reportedly erupted into loud cheers when three Jamaicans were announced as winners at the prestigious FIA Americas’ Award.

Dover’s champion driver Sebastian Rae, head of the Jamaica Automobile Association (JAA) Earl Jarrett, and 12-year-old Joshua Sirgany, Jamaica Karting Association (JKA) Driver of the Year, were recognised by affiliates of the Federation of International Automobiles (FIA) for their major achievements in 2012. Jarrett was honoured in the Mobility category.

The ceremony was held on Saturday, January 19.

“It’s wonderful. It’s a great honour to receive this award and to represent Jamaica at the international level. It has motivated me to try and win it again next year,” said young Sirgany.

His parents, Ricky and Tina Sirgany, said they got goose pimples when Joshua got up to receive his award. “It was a great feeling of accomplishment,” Ricky described the moment.

He said at least one country has since extended an invitation to his son to compete in their domestic events. “Venezuela has since invited Joshua to come and compete in the Easykart series, which begins next month. Lack of sponsorship might impact us, because we have plans for him to continue competing at the Florida Winter Tours,” Ricky said.

excellent experience

Rae believes the occasion may open new doors, not only for him, but for other Jamaican drivers. “It was an excellent experience and an honour to be among the top drivers in the Americas. This has motivated me to continue to strive as I proudly represent my country. I’m grateful to my supporters, sponsors, family, friends, and all those who have helped to make this grand achievement possible,” Rae said.

Peter Clarke, president of the Jamaica Millennium Motoring Club, which is the local affiliate of the FIA, is a happy man. “It was an honour to see Jamaicans being recognised at this prestigious award. Locally, it will now enhance more collaboration between the JAA and motorsport,” Clarke said.

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