The twelve drivers in contention for backing from the KX Akademy in 2013 have been announced.
Jack Goff, Josh Cook and Ant Whorton-Eales (Renault Clio Cup), Daniel Lloyd and Sam Tordoff (Porsche Carrera Cup GB), Joe Osborne and Matt Bell (British GT), Jake Hill (Ginetta GT Supercup), David Pittard (Britcar), Luke Herbert (Mazda MX-5 Cup), Rob Boston (Lotus Cup UK) and Tom Bradshaw (currently out of action) will now head to Silverstone in October for a final interview.
The KX Akademy bursary scheme, supported by KX Energy Drink, currently backs Ginetta GT Supercup front-runner Tom Ingram, Renault Clio Cup race-winner Stefan Hodgetts and motorbike racer Jack Groves. All three are still eligible to have their funding continued into next year.
The scheme will support six candidates in 2013, with the successful drivers to be announced at the Autosport International Show in January.
The successful drivers will receive training in areas such as media, financials, race and sports psychology and sponsorship, being mentored throughout by two-time BTCC champion Jason Plato.
“Getting things down to this stage was extremely difficult,” said Plato. “We had to be ruthless and looks for the types of driver we wanted. Some of the guys were looking for 100 per cent of their budgets for 2013, but we aren’t necessarily all about that. We wanted to find drivers we can work with and those who would benefit from being part of the scheme.”