Young Driver Excellence Academy 2015
The selection process for the 2015 Young Driver Excellence Academy involved six qualifying events across the world. The winners of each selection event automatically qualified for a place on the Academy and were joined by six wildcard picks. The 12 drivers in the 2015 Academy are:
Anton De Pasquale, 19, AUSTRALIA
Pietro Fittipaldi, 18, BRAZIL
Macauley Jones, 20, AUSTRALIA
Winner: Asia-Pacific event
Jordan King, 20, UNITED KINGDOM
Winner: North Eastern Europe
Kenton Koch, 20, USA
Stephane Lefebvre, 22, FRANCE
Ali Makhseed, 19, KUWAIT
Seb Morris, 19, UNITED KINGDOM
Tim Novak, 20, SLOVENIA
Winner: South Western Europe
Jordan Pepper, 18, SOUTH AFRICA
Winner: Sub-Saharan Africa
Panikos Polykarpou, 23, CYPRUS
Winner: Middle-East, North Africa and Central Asia
Aidan Wright, 20, AUSTRALIA
The Academy provides a fully-funded training programme which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, whilst actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.
The drivers will attend five workshops over the course of the year. They will once again receive expert tutelage and advice from Academy performance managers Alex Wurz and Robert Reid.
Academy graduates are required to also perform an important ambassadorial role (a career-long requirement) by promoting safety and other key FIA initiatives intended to help motor sport develop and thrive across the globe.