The Erebus Academy has named the four young drivers which will take part in next week’s ‘Who’s Next’ program at Winton Motor Raceway.
The third day of its kind, ‘Who’s Next’ is the latest Erebus Academy venture that aims to identify and foster emerging motorsport talent.
Successful applicants – Callum Hedge, Tom Hayman, Jordyn Sinni and Kyle Gurton – have been drafted from an online call out for aspiring racers early last month.
Using the team’s ‘Mercodore’, drivers will focus on essential driving skills and their ability to interpret logged data from the car’s telemetry, as well as being able to understand how their driving style is logged and interpreted by engineers.
Additionally, they will be guided on adjusting their driving style to suit the requirements of a Supercar, and assessed on their ability to make these corrections.
“These young drivers have all been selected due to their experience and their results across their careers so far,” Erebus CEO Barry Ryan said.
“These kinds of experiences are not only beneficial to the young drivers but they also help us start to identify who to look out for in the next couple of years.
“We really can’t wait to see how they go and how this can help them in the next step of their careers.”
The sessions will be led by Erebus driver Will Brown and his race engineer Tom Moore, who are looking forward to mentoring the drivers through their first Supercar experience.
“It’s exciting that Erebus can give these four young guys their first chance in a Supercar,” Brown said.
“I remember my first time in a Supercar and it’s something you never forget, it’s a fantastic experience for a young driver.
“I think the biggest thing for them on the day is going to be minimising mistakes and learning as much as they can, that’s what we’re looking for but we really want them to enjoy the day and enjoy the moment.”
18-year-old Callum Hedge will join the experience after time in the Porsche Carrera Cup Championship. With experience in both open-wheelers and tin tops, Hedge became the youngest winner globally to claim a National Formula Ford title (in New Zealand), and is the youngest and only rookie to win the NZ Toyota 86 Championship.
His former teammate Kyle Gurton also joins the program, with prior experience in Radicals, Formula Ford and Toyota 86. Gurton currently competes in the Trans Am Series.
Jordyn Sinni, who currently leads the Victorian Formula Ford Series has also got the call up, while Aussie Racing Car Series leader Tom Hayman rounds out the group, after being awarded rookie of the year last season on debut.
All four drivers, plus Erebus personnel will head to Winton for their test on Tuesday, June 7.
They will be joined by Greg Murphy and Richie Stanaway as they make their long-awaited track debut aboard their #51 Bathurst wildcard.