Aussie Driver Search began in 2016 and grew out of the program Pulsar Driver Search held in 2015.
Aussie Driver Search initially had 120 drivers compete across 3 categories with the ultimate prize being a round in the 2016 Aussie Racing Cars Series alongside the V8 Supercars at Queensland Raceway which was won by Jaie Robson.
Other prizes were also offered including a drive in a HSV GTS Production Car won by Duane West and a drive around Mount Panorama in a V8 Race Car which was won by Rookie Competition winner Carlo Arena.
Competitors got behind the wheel of Aussie Racing Cars, V8 Utes, a Toyota 86 and Nissan Pulsar Race Car as part of the program. Drivers were judged on a number of factors including speed, consistency, mechanical sympathy and car control.
Aussie Driver Search helped to launch the career of Jaie Robson who has made the jump into racing on the national stage in 2017 by competing in the full Aussie Racing Cars Series.
Jaie’s talent is un-deniable with Jaie immediately tasting success finishing 3rd at the Clipsal 500 before winning Round 2 of the Aussie Racing Cars at Symmons Plains plus many more races in 2017.
“Aussie Driver Search was an amazing opportunity and has really boosted my motorsport career. I was unsure how I would go amongst a mix of drivers but was stoked to come out on top. I highly recommend Aussie Driver Search for anyone looking for an opportunity in motorsport.”
Jaie Robson 2016 Aussie Driver Seach Pro Competition Winner
In 2017 Aussie Driver Search stepped it up to a new level with over 350 drivers competing across 3 states. Qualifying rounds were held at Morgan Park, Sandown Raceway and Sydney Motorsport Park.
Experienced judges including Supercars drivers Tony D’Alberto, Steve Owen and Ash Walsh narrowed the field down to 45 drivers which competed at the finale at Sydney Motorsport Park on 31st October 2017.
The ultimate prize was a fully funded season in the 2018 Toyota 86 Racing Series which was won by Jake Burton. Other prizes included a drive in the final ever round of the V8 Utes at Newcastle which was won by speedway driver John Lodge and a $20,000 racing budget won by 15 year old Jaylyn Robotham.
Driver’s got behind the wheel of V8 Utes, Toyota 86s, BMW 130i, HSV GTS and Nissan Pulsars as part of the competition. There was also a Rookie Competition winner in each state who won a drive around Mount Panorama in a V8 Race Car.
Aussie Driver Search grew from humble beginnings with Pulsar Driver Search consisting of 40 drivers competing to win a funded arrive and drive deal in the one make pulsar series. The program was held throughout NSW and Victoria and began with a motorkhana held at Sydney Motorsport Park for NSW Competitors on 30th July 2015 and at Winton Motor Raceway for Victorian Competitors on 2nd August.
Competitors from each state then moved onto Round 2 which was held at Wakefield Park Raceway on 20th August and Winton Motor Raceway on 30th August in Pulsar Challenge race cars. The top 10 from each state then combined together to compete in the final round at Winton Motor Raceway on the 4th October where the winners were determined.
“The Pulsar Driver Search that Kyle Austin and his team have put together is a great initiative for Australian Motorsport. Having competed in the Pulsar Driver Search in 2015, I can first hand say it was a great experience and competition throughout the 3 round series. As a result of being the fastest rookie in the Final Round, I won the opportunity to a fully funded round in the APRA Series. A great opportunity and prize thanks to Kyle and the team at Pulsar Driver Search.”
Phil Betteridge – Pulsar Driver Search Rookie Winner