Calling all future champions…

Thursday 16 November 2023

Did you know that Britain has produced many more F1 World Champions than any other country – 10 compared to next best Germany and Brazil on three each – as well as an unrivalled number of Le Mans victors?

What’s more, the UK has been pretty successful at rallying, too, with no fewer than six WRC World Champions – two drivers and four co-drivers.

The Motorsport UK Academy exists to further this country’s stand-out successes in all disciplines and is now looking for the next generation of promising young stars to join its talent development pathway.

Ambitious upcoming drivers and co-drivers, with a UK Competition Licence, aged between 15 and 24 years-old are invited to apply for a prized place on the 2024 Team UK Futures programme.

Those selected will have their careers enhanced by a variety of different development sessions and activities all aimed at maximising an individual’s potential. These range from performance mindset workshops to site visits to top motorsport organisations, thus furthering knowledge and experience. Indeed, the Co-driver programme is supported by World Rally Championship team M-Sport and includes 1:1 coaching sessions with proven WRC winners.

“Across all Academy programmes, we take a holistic approach to driver development”, commented Katie Baldwin, Competitors Pathway Manager at Motorsport UK. “We understand that developing the tactical and technical skill set will help drivers excel within in the sport, but we also provide support in other areas such as fitness training, nutrition guidance, media training and sport psychology (to name a few), that can give our drivers that marginal gain over their rivals.”

To apply for the Futures programme, follow the relevant links below:

Driver Application Form

Co-drivers Application Form

Entries close 14th January 2024.

For under 18s, applications must be submitted with permission from a parent/guardian, however candidates are encouraged to complete the content of the application themselves.

If you have any questions about the programme, please contact You can find out more about the Team UK Futures programme here.

Who knows, this could be the next big step on your pathway to joining the likes of Sir Lewis Hamilton, Derek Bell, Colin McRae and Phil Mills on the long and impressive roster of British-born World Champions.