NZ Formula First driver Arran Crighton has topped off his season with second place at the Elite Motorsport Academy.
Crighton, who finished third in the 2016/17 Hi-Q Components NZ Formula First Championship, took part in the successful academy program alongside seven other young motorsport athletes including fellow NZ Formula First drivers, Reece Hendl-Cox and Kaleb Ngatoa.The participants spent last week at the University of Otago’s School of Physical Education’s Human Performance Centre.
The participants spent last week at the University of Otago’s School of Physical Education’s Human Performance Centre where they were put through their paces physically and given tips and advice on aspects such as nutrition, media, sponsorship and marketing skills needed to make it in the sport.
Participants will continue to receive training over the next year where they will compete for top honours, the Ian Snellgrove Trophy, which will be presented to the top graduate of this year.
Trustee David Turner says it’s been another great year at the Elite Motorsport Academy camp. “We’re delighted to now know another truly great bunch of people who have embraced the concept and values of the programme. Since 2004 we have now had a total of 123 athletes go through this programme which has set new standards and benchmarks for our young driving talents. The Elite Academy has more than proven that we bred very highly recognised talent in this country, highlighted by the fact that 30 per cent of all Elite Academy students go on to compete on the international world stage. The recent victory in the 2017 24 Hours of Le Man by Kiwis Brendon Hartley (class of 2005) and Earl Bamber (class of 2007) is a shining example.”
“The class of 2017 were very competitive and it was a very tightly-fought battle to top the points-table from the camp.”
“The battle for the Ian Snellgrove Trophy – awarded to the top Elite Motorsport Academy graduate each year – now carries on across the balance of the year. The 2017 participants continue to focus on the post-camp sections of the academy through until May of 2018 where the winner will be announced at the 2018 Motorsport New Zealand awards night. It will be fascinating to see how each of our athletes do and I most certainly look forward to working with them and see the process in the coming months.”
Photo: David Turner