AUTOCAR Shelsley Walsh Young Drivers Championship 2021
AUTOCAR SHELSLEY WALSH YOUNG DRIVERS CHAMPIONSHIP 2021
Open to 17-21 year olds new to motorsport
Competition in standard Vauxhall Corsa 1.2 3 door
Free Driving School day at Shelsley Walsh
Half price entry fees
£800 Prize fund
Partnership with AUTOCAR
About the Championship...
Pioneering motorsport at Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb is to continue with a brand new budget capped hill climb championship for 17-21 year olds with the Autocar Shelsley Walsh Young Drivers Championship that will start this year. All drivers will race against the clock in a road legal Vauxhall Corsa 3 door 1.2 litre built any time after 2000 and restricted to a purchase price of £2,500 at the world’s oldest motorsport venue, Shelsley Walsh and at the quick sprint course of Curborough. Affordability and accessibility are the key words to embrace the UK’s and the possibly the world’s next motor sport stars as the new drivers follow in the footsteps of Sir Stirling Moss, Derek Bell (5x Le Mans winner) and Andy Priaulx (3x World Touring Car Champion) at Shelsley Walsh. Run by the Midland Automobile Club from Shelsley in Worcestershire, drivers will get a Test Day at the end of May and an all inclusive day at the Shelsley Walsh Driving School with experienced instructors to bed new drivers into the thrill and buzz of speed hill climbing. All drivers will be kitted out with a brand new helmet (FIA Snell 2015), branded overalls, gloves, fire extinguisher and as a one-stop-shop way of entering motorsport as economically as possible to prove their mettle against the clock, their friends and their arch rivals. Prize money of £800 is up for grabs for the top three in the Championship come the end of the season with £500 for first place, £200 for second and £100 for third but with coverage from Autocar Magazine worldwide with 1.1 million followers over their social media channels this really is the little championship that will go worldwide.
Big Prizes up for Grabs...
Throughout the season all drivers will ‘buddy up’ with experienced hill climb drivers who will guide them through what hill climbing is with little secret tips and tricks to improve run on run for each driver as they strive to take 100ths of a second off their times in what will be a nip and tuck title chase all the way through to the September finale. Membership of the Midland Automobile Club is 75% off for under 21 year olds, giving huge value that gets entry to all Shelsley Walsh events on The Hill, Breakfast Clubs, Cars in the Valley evenings and social nights making it an ideal way to see quick modern 160mph motor sport right up close in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Prize money of £800 is up for grabs for the top three in the Championship come the end of the season with £500 for first place, £200 for second and £100 for third but with coverage from Autocar Magazine worldwide with 1.1 million followers over their social media channels this really is the little championship that will go worldwide.
27 May Curborough (Competitor Test Day) 15 June Shelsley Walsh Driving School 11 July Curborough Sprint 24 July Shelsley Walsh 25 July Shelsley Walsh 15 Aug Shelsley Walsh 18 Sept Shelsley Walsh 19 Sept Shelsley Walsh
Lucy Hart, Championship Coordinator, Shelsley Walsh
“It’s fantastic to have this championship specifically for those who want to get into motorsport as it’s a great way to do it economically, have fun and be part of a group of people who are helpful, competitive and of similar age. It’ll be very good to see people’s skills grow.” Steve Cropley, Autocar “Autocar is delighted to partner Shelsley Walsh in this exciting Young Driver's Championship. We hope it will become really popular and, with luck, attract the hillclimb stars of tomorrow. Like Shelsley we're well over a century old, so the relationship's a great one. But we're both also determined to stay relevant to the next generation." Vicki Bristow, West Mercia Police “This will allow us to engage with that younger age group, something new that we are able to support in the local area and to use somewhere like Shelsley Walsh is great. There are many enthusiastic people on the roads with some great cars and to have something like this Young Drivers Championship to direct them to, that will engage them in the right and safe way in an environment where they can learn and develop is a fantastic thing.”