Conrad Clark has won the 2017 SpeedSport ‘Star of Tomorrow’ Motor-Racing Scholarship after setting lightning quick times on the track and impressing the judges during the off the track interviews.
The 14-year-old Taupo-Nui-a-Tia College student quickly sent a message to fellow competitors that he was there to win, setting the fastest time every session on Saturday’s evaluation day before continuing his speed over to Sunday’s finals contest, setting the fastest lap every session too.
Standing out was not easy, however as the contestants were the closest the Scholarship programme has seen in for a long time. Clarke’s times were the best seen at Manfeild’s back-track for some time, setting a 53.94s lap and the only driver to enter the 53s all weekend.
“Big thanks to everyone who made the day possible and big thanks to all the drivers who came out to compete for the scholarship, it was incredibly close out there,” Clark commented
“I hope to use the scholarship to take me to the next step in my career, my main goal is to get to the Supercars series”
Clark knows he will have everything available to achieve that goal, especially after watching former Scholarship recipient Shane van Gisbergen take out the feature race at Winton Raceway this weekend.
“This is a really good starting point and a huge opportunity, SVG started here and now he’s the reigning Supercars champ in Australia. I can’t wait for the upcoming season!”
Clark will receive a fully funded season in the Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship running with Sabre Motorsport as well as mentoring from team owner Dennis Martin. Also included in the scholarship is a fully tailor made custom race suit from Chicane racewear as well as gloves, boots and an Arai helmet.
Clark’s first venture in car racing kicks off in a fortnight with the opening round of the Manfeild Winter Series on June 3-4.