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FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy

The FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy is a programme founded by the FIA Institute for Motor Sport Safety and Sustainability to develop young driver talent worldwide.

In its first year (2011) the Institute selected 12 drivers to take part in the programme.[1] 19 drivers were shortlisted for a three-day selection event, which took place on 6–8 February 2011 in Melk, Austria.

For 2012, the FIA shortlisted 30 young drivers, of whom 18 have been selected for the second year of the programme.[2][3]

In 2013, selection events were held across five continents with the winners from each event joining five chosen wildcards to form a ten driver academy.

The participants are being trained by professional racing and rally drivers Alexander Wurz and Robert Reid, with workshops taking place throughout the year.[4]




Driver 2011 Series
  Kevin Abbring Selected rallies
  Paul-Loup Chatin Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
  Albert Costa Formula Renault 3.5 series
  Alon Day German Formula Three Championship
  Philipp Eng ADAC GT Masters
  Robin Frijns Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
  Timmy Hansen Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
  Egon Kaur WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
  Andreas Mikkelsen Intercontinental Rally Challenge
  Alexander Rossi Formula Renault 3.5 series
  Richie Stanaway German Formula Three Championship
  Stoffel Vandoorne Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0


Driver 2012 Series
  Mohamed Al Mutawaa
  Klaus Bachler Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
  Andrea Bate
  Craig Breen Super 2000 World Rally Championship
  Andrea Caldarelli Super GT
  Gabby Chaves Indy Lights
  Jonas Gelžinis Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain
  Michael Klitgaard Christensen Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
  Jack Le Brocq Australian Formula Ford Championship
  Michael Lewis Formula 3 Euro Series
  Alex Lynn British Formula 3
  José Andrès Montalto
  Ramón Piñeiro
  Brendan Reeves WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
  Pontus Tidemand WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
  Timo van der Marel WRC Academy Drivers' Championship
  Sepp Wiegand Intercontinental Rally Challenge
  Lewis Williamson GP3 Series


Driver 2013 Series
  Yannick Amberg-Mettler German Formula Three Championship
  Fabio Andolfi Italian Rally Championship
  Lucas Auer FIA European Formula 3 Championship
  Raul Badiu Dacia Logan Cup
  Nikola Belohradski Eurocup Clio
  Kevin Demaerschalk French Rally Championship
  Jake Dennis Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
  Michelle Gatting Braendstrup VW Scirocco R-Cup
  Ignas Gelzinis Renault Clio Cup GB
  Patrik Hajek CIK-FIA European Championship
  Matej Homola FIA European Touring Car Cup
  Anthoine Hubert French Formule 4 Championship
  Erik Johansson Formula Renault 1.6 Nordic Championship
  Benedek Major FIA European Truck Racing Championship
  Jacques Mizzi Renault Clio Cup GB
  Bartlomej Mirecki Polish Championship Kia Picanto
  Nikola Milijkovic CEZ Championship
  Roy Nissany FIA European Formula 3 Championship
  Dennis Olsen Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
  Kevin O'Hara Irish Formula Ford Championship
  Klemen Popit Slovenian National Championship LEMA-GP
  Daniel Popov Bulgarian Rally Championship
  Alex Riberas Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland
  Rasmus Uustulnd Estonian Rally Cup
  Dennis van de Laar FIA European Formula 3 Championship


Driver 2014 Series
  Abdullah Bamogaddam
  Jorge Cevallos Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
  Diego Ferreira LATAM Challenge Series
  Michelle Gatting Porsche Carrera Cup Germany
  Ignas Gelzinis Volkswagen Castrol Cup
  Mauricio Hernandez
  Erik Johansson
  Henk Lategan European Rally Championship
  Akhil Rabindra Formula Masters China
  Kelvin van der Linde ADAC GT Masters
  • Driver of the Year award


Driver[5] 2015 Series
  Anton de Pasquale Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
  Pietro Fittipaldi FIA European Formula 3
  Macauley Jones Dunlop V8 Supercar Series
  Jordan King GP2 Series
  Kenton Koch Cooper Tires Prototype Lites
  Stéphane Lefebvre European Rally Championship
  Ali Makhseed Drifting Championships
  Seb Morris GP3 Series
  Tim Novak
  Jordan Pepper ADAC GT Masters
  Panikos Polykarpou
  Aidan Wright Italian GT Championship


  1. ^ Autosport. 2011-02-08 Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "FIA Institute selects 30 young drivers for academy shootout". Formula One Administration. 2011-10-25. Archived from the original on 2011-10-28. Retrieved 2011-10-25.
  3. ^ "Drivers Chosen for 2012 FIA Institute Academy". FIA Institute. 2011-11-18. Archived from the original on 2011-11-20. Retrieved 2011-11-18.
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  5. ^ "Academy Drivers Chosen". FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy. 28 November 2014. Archived from the original on 4 December 2014. Retrieved 29 November 2014.

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