Formula Gulf Academy to be based at VIRginia International Raceway this summer
Formula Gulf Academy (www.formulagulf.academy) an advanced race driver development program that has enabled graduates to move successfully into FIA F4, Formula Renault, Porsche Supercup, EuroFormula Open (F3), LMP2, Indy Lights and IndyCar will accept just 10 qualified drivers for its exclusive test and race program at the Virginia International Raceway this summer.
British run motorsport business, GulfSport Racing has specialised in developing racing drivers in single seaters and sport prototypes since 2004. Formula Gulf Academy, now in its seventh season has had drivers attend from 23 countries. It has operated at the Yas Marina F1 Circuit, the Dubai Autodrome, Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia and at various British circuits.
GulfSport’s Martin Hope, an experienced racer and driver performance engineer said “We are unlike most commercial schools. We restrict the group to 5 drivers to optimise time spent with our race coach reviewing data after every session to improve their technique and lap times. They get to drive modern slicks and wings cars on Formula 4 spec tyres to experience similar on-track performance to FIA Formula 4 cars. All drivers will have some race experience, so based on that, we focus on building high skill levels in the area of aero braking, gear changing, tyre management etc, as we believe it’s important they understand the dynamics of a race car on track and how that impacts how to drive it effectively and quickly”.
GulfSport Racing’s partner, Atlanta based Motorsports Worldwide Management Group (MWMG) will manage the applicant evaluation process. Said COO Jeffrey Lail, “The Academy programs are designed for two levels of young drivers; those kart racers about to make the transition to single seaters, and existing junior racers who wish to make a significant leap in their on-track performance. Successful applicants will attend a number on and off-track sessions over the June to August period including data coaching, mental and physical performance analysis, media training, nutrition and simulator training. We have not seen an academy like this in the States for a long time, if ever at all. At just 20% of the typical budget for a season in F4, its a great investment for the lucky few that are selected to take part in the academy.”