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Formula DriveSmart
Date10/11 Dec 2018
Event TypeCircuit Racing (Cars)
LocationSilverstone Circuit
CountryUnited Kingdom
Web Sitehttps://www.iamroadsmart.com/local-groups
ContactName : Rodney Kumar
rodney.kumar@iam.org.uk
Tel : 020 8996 9777
NotesIAM RoadSmart has joined forces with the British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC) to stage a two-day event to put some of the top up-and-coming stars of the race track through their advanced driving test.

‘ Formula DriveSmart’ will take place on 10 and 11 December, when more than a dozen drivers, each of whom has a career in Formula 1 within their sights, will converge on Silverstone to be trained by IAM RoadSmart experts to advanced standards in their on-road driving. Those that are ready will also take their advanced test.

Those confirmed so far include Stuart Middleton, 2017 British GT4 Champion and Jamie Caroline, 2017 F4 British Champion.

IAM RoadSmart is the biggest independent road safety charity in the UK. Its advanced driving course is taken by more than 7,000 drivers each year.

The advanced driver course usually involves a series of 90-120 minute lessons focussing on specific skills across a wide range of areas; including car control, observation, timing, optimum road positioning, ability to deal with unpredictable roads and other road users’ behaviour – leading to the advanced test.

The young drivers at ‘Formula DriveSmart’ will be taking part in an intensive advanced training course on roads around the Northamptonshire circuit.

Those taking part are all part of the BRDC’s Stars of Tomorrow, Rising Stars and Superstars programmes, designed to identify and nurture the next generation of racing stars who could make it to the top ranks of motor racing, including Formula 1.

The BRDC, whose president, Paddy Hopkirk, is also an IAM RoadSmart ambassador, has joined forces with the UK’s biggest independent road safety charity in the UK to ensure programmes’ young stars can drive on public roads to the same high standards they have on the racetrack.

It’s a chance to show that advanced driving is not only fun, but also highly relevant to young motorists, who are the biggest at risk group when it comes to fatal and serious crashes on our roads.

Drivers scheduled to take part (at time of issue) are:
Name (current formula); from

> Jordan Albert (British GT Championship & McLaren GT Junior driver); Silverstone, Northamptonshire.
> Jamie Caroline (F4 British Championship & US F2000); Warlington, Surrey.
> Max Coates (Dubai 24 Hours & Renault Clio Cup); Richmond, N Yorkshire.
> James Dorlin (UK Renault Clio Cup); Barnsley, S Yorkshire.
> Sennan Fielding (British GT Championship & China GT Championship); Chesterfield, Derbyshire.
> Raoul Hyman (FIA Formula 3 Asian Championship); Ealing, London.
> Callum Ilott (FIA GP3 Championship); Little Hadham, Herts.
> Stuart Middleton (Daytona 24 Hours & GT4 Championship); Ashington, Northumberland.
> Jack Mitchell (British GT Championship & China GT Championship); West Kingsdown, Kent.
> Senna Proctor (British Touring Car Championship); Rudston, East Yorkshire.
> Alex Reed (British GT Series); Horsham, W Yorkshire.
> George Russell (Formula 2 & Williams Formula 1 race driver 2019); Oakham, Rutland.
> Toby Sowery (International GT Open, F4 Italian Championship & Pro Mazda Series); Melbourn, Northamptonshire.
> Jordan Stilp (British GT4 Championship & Renault Clio Cup); Potterspury, Northamptonshire.
> Bobby Thompson (British Touring Car Championship); Horchurch, Essex.
> William Tregurtha (Bathurst 12 Hours & GT4 European Championship); Milton Keynes, Bucks.
> Ant Whorton-Eales (MINI Challenge); Lichfield, Staffordshire.
> Seb Morris (Blancpain GT Series & International GT Open); Porthmadog, Gwynedd.
> Dan Ticktum (FIA Formula 3 European Championship & Red Bull Junior driver); Milton Keynes, Bucks.

Please note that driver attendance cannot be guaranteed 100% until close to the time of the event, but every effort will be made to do so.

Media invite details
If you are a member of the media and would like to attend the Formula DriveSmart event at Silverstone on either 10 or 11 December, please contact Rodney Kumar at the IAM RoadSmart press office as soon as possible.

There will be the chance to meet and interview the drivers at 9am on Monday 10 December and 4.30pm on Tuesday 11 December. If you wish to attend during the course of Monday or Tuesday and have specific requirements please contact Rodney to discuss.

Location : Silverstone Circuit, Towcester, NN12 8TN
Times of photocalls : 9am Monday 10 December and 4pm Tuesday 11 December
RSVP : to Rodney Kumar; call 020 8996 or email rodney.kumar@iam.org.uk

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IAM RoadSmart has a mission to make better drivers and riders in order to improve road safety, inspire confidence and make driving and riding enjoyable. It does this through a range of courses for all road users, from online assessments through to the advanced driving and riding tests. IAM RoadSmart is the trading name of all businesses operated by the UK’s largest road safety charity, the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and was formed in April 2016 combining the IAM, IAM Drive & Survive, PDS and IAM Driver Retraining Academy. The organisation has 92,000 members and campaigns on road safety on their behalf. At any one time there are over 7,000 drivers and riders actively engaged with IAM RoadSmart’s courses, from members of the public to company drivers, while our Driver Retraining Academy has helped 2,500 drivers to shorten their bans through education and support programmes.

To find out more about IAM RoadSmart commercial products and services visit the new website www.iamroadsmart.com/business
To find out more about IAM RoadSmart’s Driver Retraining Academy visit www.iamdra.org.uk
To find out the name of your own local IAM RoadSmart group please visit: https://www.iamroadsmart.com/local-groups