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McLaren’s Performance Academy gears up for its second year

McLaren’s Performance Academy gears up for its second year

McLaren Applied Technologies (MAT) will welcome talented drivers to the McLaren Technology Centre as it runs its unique Performance Academy for the second consecutive year.  

Building on the success of the 2013 Performance Academy, this year’s course will see an expanded three-day programme for young drivers excelling in all levels of motorsport, from karting and junior categories to world motorsport feeder series.

The Academy, which is open to dedicated drivers aged 13 years old and above, provides education and support which will help to hone their talents. Aside from being at the top of their game, all participants are required to be MSA licence holders and will be selected based on their previous experience and future goals.

Speaking about the Performance Academy, Clayton Green, Manager of the Human Performance Programme said: “McLaren Applied Technologies was delighted with the success of the 2013 Performance Academy and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the young drivers who attended.  We are proud to be delivering an even better, more comprehensive programme for 2014.

“Drawing on McLaren’s unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the field of Formula 1 and performance measurement, the Performance Academy is well-placed to inform, train and inspire the next generation of motorsport champions.”

McLaren Mercedes driver, Kevin Magnussen, said: “As one of McLaren’s past young drivers, I’ve got first-hand experience of the team’s expertise in driver development. Whether it is guidance on nutrition, race preparation or physical fitness, McLaren’s human performance specialists have made a real difference to my progression as a driver, and contributed a great deal to where I am today. The Performance Academy is a unique opportunity for young drivers to tap into the knowledge and experience of Formula 1 experts at a world-famous team.”

The 2014 Performance Academy, which will run between 14th and 16th March, includes a series of educational workshops and physical training sessions that offer a one-of-a-kind insight into the blend of technologies, knowledge and best practice that drive motorsport success. Led by a team of experts, including professionals from the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team, these sessions will cover the following four areas:

- Assessment

- Pre-race preparation

- In-race performance

- Post-race review and recovery

The Performance Academy will have an additional three follow up review days over the remainder of the year which will culminate in the presentation of two driver awards (most valuable driver and most improved driver) to encourage increased performance and maintain dedication to the programme.

Applicants who would like to be considered for the Performance Academy should contact [email protected] to register their interest. MAT will host two invitation-only open days at the McLaren Technology Centre in the lead-up to the programme.