British racer and FIA Formula 3 European Championship frontrunner Jordan King will join the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy in 2015, having won the North Eastern Europe qualifier in Holland after being nominated by the Motor Sports Association (MSA).
King, aged 20 from Warwickshire, beat drivers from 16 other nations to win a coveted place on the FIA Institute YDEA programme. Led by former F1 driver Alex Wurz and 2001 World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid, it offers a fully-funded training programme to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, while increasing safety skills and promoting fairness and responsibility on and off the track.
The qualifying event at the ANWB Test and Training Centre (28-31 October) tested participants on their driving abilities, fitness and off-track skills. Winners of the five other regional qualifying events will join King on the YDEA in 2015.
King is also a member of the MSA Team UK national squad, undertaking a one-on-one coaching programme with MSA Performance Manager Andy Meyrick. In preparation for the YDEA qualifier he also received a bespoke preparation day led by MSA Coach Bradley Ellis and MSA Academy Manager Greg Symes.
King said: “Each country only got to nominate one driver, so just to be chosen by the MSA was huge. However to actually win my qualifying event and earn a place on the YDEA is incredible and an amazing opportunity that I’m determined to make the most of.
“I want to thank all those who have supported me, including all the coaching staff and my fellow drivers on the MSA Team UK programme, which has been a great development ground and the perfect preparation for the FIA Institute YDEA programme.”
Rob Jones, MSA Chief Executive, added: “We have been working with Jordan for a number of years while he has progressed along the MSA Academy talent development pathway and have always believed that he has great potential. His all-round sporting ability has shone this year during an impressive FIA Formula 3 European Championship campaign. We are absolutely delighted that he has made it on to the prestigious FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy and we will continue to support him as best we can through our own Team UK programme.”