The Australian Motor Racing Series (AMRS) and Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA) have committed to supporting the next wave of future Aussie motorsport stars, throwing their support behind the Australian Rising Stars (ARS) Series.
The newly-created series, which will join the AMRS program for five rounds in 2020, features a unique concept for up-and-coming drivers to showcase and hone their driving abilities on a fair and level playing field.
ARS participants will compete against one another in identically-prepared Toyota 86s, and unlike other one-make series in which drivers are responsible for owning and preparing their car, all competing vehicles in the ARS Series will be retained by the organising body, with vehicles allocated randomly to competitors at each round.
In addition to the on-track competition, participants will also benefit from the ARS Motorsport Institute program, structured by renowned motorsport commercial manager John Ruggiero and his Push Talent Management agency, which oversees the affairs of top-level drivers such as David Reynolds and Andre Heimgartner.
As part of the ARS Series package, drivers will be educated on essential aspects of their off-track activities including sponsorship, media/public relations, fitness, career planning and commercial arrangements.
AMRS Manager Matt Baragwanath said the Australian Rising Stars Series will further enhance the AMRS’ rapidly-growing reputation as a breeding ground for future stars of the sport.
“We’ve already seen a number of drivers making their mark in categories like Formula Ford, Formula 3 and TA2, and we’re now proud to be working with the ARS Series to deliver a project exclusively aimed at discovering stars of the future,” Mr Baragwanath said.
“It’s unique among the motorsport landscape in that it randomly distributes cars among the drivers at each round, removing the logistical challenges of car preparation and allowing young drivers to dedicate their entire focus to maximising their performances, on and off the track.
“We’re very proud to provide a platform for this project and look forward to supporting the next wave of world-class drivers.”
The ARS Series will also be supported and endorsed by the Australian Auto-Sport Alliance (AASA) sanctioning body.
“AASA is very excited to be part of bringing the stars of tomorrow into the industry; we see our contribution to the project as critical to securing the success of Australian motorsport’s rising talent,” said AASA Business Development Manager, Stephen Whyte.
ARS Series Managing Director Wayne Russell said the series format will ease financial pressures upon young drivers climbing the motorsport ladder.
“The cost of tin top racing in Australia has spiralled out of control for most Australian families,” Mr Russell said.
“Our philosophy is simple – to provide emerging talent one of the cheapest, but professional motor racing pathways in Australian motorsport.”
The ARS Series take place across five AMRS rounds in 2020, commencing at Morgan Park in April.
ARS Series contact details
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2020 ARS Calendar
Round 1: Morgan Park, 3-5 April
Round 2: Winton Raceway, 17-19 July
Round 3: Queensland Raceway, 7-9 August
Round 4: Sydney Motorsport Park, 25-27 September
Round 5: Wakefield Park, 13-15 November