We are delighted to announce that Patrick Kibble has been selected to join the Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy ahead of his debut season in British GT in 2019.
The recently announced season-long initiative is designed to fast-track talent in the Aston Martin Racing (AMR) customer network to factory status. Following the re-launch last September, the academy received a number of applicants, who then took part in a rigorous selection process.
The challenging selection process included a comprehensive series of interviews with the judges at AMR’s headquarters in Banbury, last month. Patrick was put through a stringent set of examinations, including simulator tests as well as a professional fitness test.
A judging panel that included three-time Le Mans 24 Hour winner Darren Turner, works FIA World Endurance Championship drivers Jonny Adam and Ross Gunn as well as AMR team principal Paul Howarth, selected Patrick as one of the successful applicants, and he will now have the chance to compete for the prize of an AMR Junior contract in 2020.
Patrick will continue to be assessed throughout the year, based on his on-track performances as well as off-track assessments such as his technical analysis, PR and commercial awareness. At the season’s close, judges will then decide on one winner out of the twenty-three drivers, based on the above criteria, who will gain AMR Junior Driver status.
Thrilled at the chance to join one of the most exclusive young driver programme’s, 16-year-old Patrick adds: "It’s an honour to be chosen as one of the members of the Aston Martin Racing Driver Academy. The level of competition within the applicants was incredibly high, so to be chosen as one of the members is something I’m extremely proud of. I can’t wait to get out on track now with TF Sport and represent Aston Martin Racing to the best of my ability.”
Racing with his silver-graded license, Patrick will be racing in the seven-round British GT series with TF Sport for the 2019 campaign which sees races hosted at the UK’s most iconic circuits, including Silverstone and Brands Hatch - with one round held across the channel at the legendary Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Patrick’s opening race of the British GT series will take place at Oulton Park across the 20th April and the 22nd.