Now on its third year, the Motorsport Development Program (MSDP) is still out searching for new talent, training young drivers on how to become successful race car drivers. And the next batch of hopefuls can now sign up as classes are set to begin this month.
The Automobile Association Philippines’ (AAP) grassroots training program covers topics such as driving technique, safety, vehicle dynamics, physical and mental fitness, and race car preparation. Each of the 9 modules consists of a 4 hour classroom lecture and 5 hours of practical hands-on training, taught by 10-time National Rally Champion Vip Isada. The first of which, Module 1, discusses the basics of ‘Race Skills’ and is now open for enrollees.
The whole day session is scheduled on March 25, 2017 (Saturday) at the Mega Tent Libis in Quezon City. As it’s a ‘young driver program’, registration is free for participants aged 16 to 19 years old. All they need to bring are a) valid Philippine Drivers License, b) Letter of Consent from their parent/guardian, and c) Signed and notarized wavier.
More senior students, however, can also join for a minimal P2,500 fee.
Do keep in mind that the MSDP does not simply end after Module 9. At the end of every year, finalists are hand picked based on their skill, discipline, and attitude. They are then given a scholarship so they can continue to hone their talent by competing in local race events. To give you an idea how far you can go, these are the finalists of 2016.
Registration starts at 7:45 AM and the program will promptly begin at 8:00 AM and ends at 5:00 PM. Lunch and a Motorsport Development Program T-shirt will be provided to all participants. Please bring your own car if possible.
Register for the AAP’s Motorsport Development Program Module 1 by hitting the link.