Bengaluru, March 31: Bengaluru-based Akhil Rabindra is the only Asian driver to be selected to join the Aston Martin Racing (AMR) Young Driver Racing Academy, run by the racing division of the iconic British Automobile manufacturer, Aston Martin.
The 22-year old Bengaluru boy was amongst 23 elite young drivers picked from across the world and will undergo a year of training and assessment from the Aston Martin Racing team in United Kingdom with the best performer of the year landing a reserve driver role in 2020 with the factory Aston Martin Racing team.
Akhil hit the headlines earlier when he was chosen from Asia Pacific region for the prestigious FIA Institute Young Drivers Excellence Academy in 2014 and then in 2017 when he was the only Indian to be selected by the McLaren GT Driver Academy.
A thrilled and excited Akhil said, “I am very excited to be selected for the Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy. Being the only Indian and Asian in this group of elite drivers gives me a rush of excitement and pride to be a representative of my country as well as my continent to embark on this very prestigious journey. I look forward to a great season of learning and success.”
The selection process for AMR Driver Academy was a mix of interviews, simulator and fitness tests. These comprehensive tests were undergone by the applicants at the AMR headquarters based in Banbury, Near Oxford, United Kingdom. The final 23 are highly competitive drivers, representing 12 countries, including Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, India, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
The drivers will finally be judged at the end of the season and a winner announced based on the following criteria: pace, consistency, technical feedback, team work, strategy, fitness, PR and commercial awareness as well as their overall approach.