In its quest to find the best young driver of 2014, Mercedes-Benz India recently announced the ‘Season II’ of its popular ‘Young Star Driver Program’ in India. Registrations for this scintillating racetrack event are now open and the finals will be hosted at the Buddh International Circuit Formula One race-track on August 8th 2014.
Eberhard Kern, Managing Director & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India commented on this unique initiative, “Motorsports is inseparable form Mercedes-Benz and with phenomenal success of the first season we are thrilled to announce the second season of our ‘Young Star Driver Programme’ in India. This is a unique opportunity for the budding motorsports talents across the country to showcase and improve their racing skills on international tracks with guidance from globally acclaimed trainers.”
“Motorsports is increasingly becoming popular in India and the ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver program aims to act as catalyst for youngsters in embarking into the world of professional motor racing and will inspire others who want to opt for a racing career and achieve international exposure.” Mr. Kern further added.
With ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’, Mercedes-Benz India created an exclusive platform to spot, nurture and launch young talents who can become future race champions. The programme is open for racing aspirants between 18 years to 25 years, and is conducted via a nationwide evaluation process based on different criterions like race track training, racing acumen, racing aptitude and accomplishments, by Vicky Chandhok and his team. The jury members will shortlist 24 participants who will be adjudged against each other to qualify for the final 6 slots. The elimination rounds will be conducted on 7th August 2014 and the grand finale on 8th August 2014.
The winner of the ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’ gets a dream come true opportunity of winning a coveted seat in the AMG Driving Academy PRO-Training in Germany; the runners-up get the popular AMG Driving Academy BASIC & ADVANCED course in India. The winner also gets to meet none other than F1 racing stars and Mercedes AMG PETRONAS Formula One team drivers, Lewis Hamilton or Nico Rosberg, in any of the F1 race this year.
Participants need to visit the Mercedes-Benz Performance Drive website to register for Young Star Driver Program. Participants can also use their Facebook, Twitter or Google Plus account to login and upload their CV.
Registration Link: http://mercedesbenzperformancedrive.in/young-star-4.aspx
Young Star Driver Program-2013
‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’ received close to 3200 applications from 48 Indian cities and towns. Youngsters from metros like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Pune applied for the coveted ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’ title along with their counterparts from non-metro cities and smaller towns like Aurangabad, Jabalpur, Thrissur, Baroda, Patiala, Mysore, Kottayam, Kanpur, Udaipur, Cochin and more. The overwhelming response for this programme from across Indian geography reiterates Mercedes-Benz’s belief that India has rich potential racing talents that need to be spotted, nurtured and given the right exposure. ‘Mercedes-Benz Young Star Driver’ programme will be a major step for the winners in shaping their racing career.