RACE DEBUT AT ROCKINGHAM FOR TENBY DRIVER
After two semi-finals and a gruelling day of tests and tuition, 26-year old Roscoe Howell from Tenby has been crowned the winner of Dunlop Race Academy 2008.
During the grand final at Bedford Autodrome on Friday 22nd August, Roscoe went up against three other finalists and was assessed on track by Le Mans star Calum Lockie, driver coach Mark Hales and former Race Academy winner Simon Shaw.
Roscoe was also put through fitness and media tests to assess his all-round ability as a future British racing star. Following his win, the oil refinery technician from Tenby will join the professional drivers on track as he races in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup at Rockingham on the 27th and 28th September.
Howell said: “This experience is just not something I would have been able to self-fund so Dunlop Race Academy has definitely opened up doors for me. Sitting alongside Calum, Mark and Simon and receiving tuition from them was the absolute highlight of this experience for me and now I can’t wait to get out on track in a professional race.”
Dunlop’s James Bailey praised Roscoe’s performance in all disciplines during the competition: “Roscoe impressed the judges across the board and achieved the top ranking on track and in the fitness and media tests. He is an all-round talent and we have high hopes for his first race at Rockingham.
“The fact that Roscoe will be racing against Simon Shaw in the Sport Maxx Cup is testament to how Dunlop Race Academy can provide an avenue in to motorsport and hunt down genuine British talent. Simon Shaw joined the 2005 competition as a car salesman and is now topping the leaderboard in a major national racing series.”
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