ZERO: The total amount of Kerry co-drivers who applied for the Motorsport Ireland Elite co-driver selection process 

Officials from the  Motorsport Ireland Rally Academy have yet to receive any applications from Kerry co-drivers for its Elite Co-driver Academy. 

A Selection Process Day to recruit Co-Drivers with the hunger, passion and commitment to further their rallying career was due to be held on Sunday last. 

However, as a result of the spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19 and the uncertainty of everyone being able to travel the selection was postponed and applications remain open ahead of the new date on February 27. 

Ahead of last Sunday’s original final date, Kerry Motorsport News has learned that the organisers had not received any applications from young Kerry co-drivers.

It is a disappointing response from a county that has produced such stars as World Rally Championship event winner Paul Nagle, 2021 British Rally Championship runner-up Noel O’Sullivan and former British and Irish champion Mikie Galvin. 

The old saying, if you are not in, you can’t win comes to mind as selected co-drivers will receive training and mentoring from the likes of Nagle and fellow WRC star Aaron Johnston. Others on the training panel include, Greg Shinnors, a former BRC champion, Irish co-driving legends Rory Kennedy and James O’Brien. 

The Elite co-driver programme is closely aligned to the Billy Coleman Award and the Irish Rally Academy so the final list of selected co-drivers will receive opportunities to compete and attend events abroad – once they make it through the final selection process. – say it again – if you are not in you cannot be even considered for selection. 

Interested Co-drivers will have to apply to attend this selection process by completing an application form which is available on the MI website at the bottom of the competitor section under the Competitor Forms tab. The completed forms must then be emailed to greg@joeshinnorsmotorsales.ie

The application form must include a working link to some of the applicants’ recent in-car footage. Receipt of applications will be acknowledged by return email.


Eligibility:
•           Applicants must hold a valid MI competition licence. 
•           Applicants must be under 26 years of age on 01/01/22. 

Selection process itinerary:
•           Complete a questionnaire.
•           Pacenote writing – Write notes for approx. an 8 – 10km stage. 
•           Media interview.
•           Interview with selection panel.

The selected Co-Drivers will:
•           Receive tuition from the Academy in all aspects of Co-Driving.
•           Get to make pace notes with a current top level driver and sit in for a test at an MI Academy Development Day in a Rally4 and a Rally2 car.
•           Be invited to the MI Rally Academy Development Days to avail of media and fitness guidance etc.
•           Receive ongoing mentoring/support.
•           Get first option of any opportunities that may come available via our network.

For further information contact:
Greg Shinnors          greg@joeshinnorsmotorsales.ie           087 2691975                                                                                                        

Sean McHugh          seanmac135@hotmail.com                     087 2798119


 

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