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ORGANISERS are calling for last-minute applications to join the innovative Racing Together project to
help young Indigenous Australian people develop careers in motorsport, which will start next
weekend on the Gold Coast.
Around 40 girls and boys aged between 12 and 16 are expected to participate on Saturday in a free
open day at Norwell Motorplex, in the first stage of a pilot program to launch a driver and crew
members in a new indigenous racing team in 2021.
Racing Together was launched last month by Brisbane motorsport identities Garry and Monique
Connelly, with the backing of leading members of the racing community and the Logan-based
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation Gunya Meta. Mr Connelly, AM, is Australia’s
representative on the world organising body, the FIA, a Permanent Chair of the Formula 1 Stewards
and holds several other senior positions in national and international motorsport.
While the pilot program is for indigenous young people in the Logan area on Brisbane’s southern
outskirts, organisers hope it eventually can be extended across Australia. The ultimate prize could be
a place in the Ferrari Academy (Asia Pacific), including circuit racing in an FIA Formula 4 single-seat
The open day will run from 1pm to around 4pm on Saturday at Norwell Motorplex, the renowned
driving experience and training centre operated by Bathurst 1000 winner Paul Morris.
Applications to join the open day can be made on-line here or at the Gunya Meta office, 4A/21
Mayes Avenue, Kingston. They also can be made in person at the open day at Norwell Motorplex this
COVID-19 restrictions and safety practices will be in place for participants and all other people
The open day will engage the young motorsport hopefuls in a series of tests and exercises to identify
candidates to progress to a two-day program at Norwell on 24-25 October, when the team driver
and crew members will be chosen.
The team will be entered next year in an appropriate racing series with a competitive car, supported
by technical and logistical facilities, tuition and travel costs. The project may include team members
helping to build their race car.
Saturday’s open day will involve participants in the following activities –
• Racing simulators
• On-track driving
• Eye/hand coordination test
• Mock media interview
• Manual dexterity test
Racing Together is supported by Motorsport Australia, which will provide permits and associated
Enquiries about Racing Together can be made at email@example.com.
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