The MSA British Race Elite scheme is pleased to announce the support of, and technical association with, Wirth Research which allows use of the company's high-tech race car simulator by the six Elite drivers within the programme.
The drivers, who this year are Henry Arundel (British F3), Sam Bird (F3 Euroseries), Stuart Hall (Le Mans Series), Andrew Jordan (BTCC), Andy Meyrick (F3 National) and Alexander Sims (British Formula Renault), will be invited to Wirth Research's Bicester base to do driver training in what is now regarded as an essential tool in car and driver development, as used by all the leading Formula One teams.
The simulator allows drivers to gain an advantage in learning new tracks, and the flexibility within the technology allows them to ‘drive' a GT, LMP2, GP2 or Formula One car. This will be essential for drivers aiming to step up to GP2, and ultimately Formula One. The simulator can adjust a car's suspension and settings just as though it were on a real track, and the drivers can study the data afterwards, overlaying laps just like they do at a circuit.
Brabham David Brabham, whose Brabham Performance Clinic leads the MSA British Race Elite programme, said of the association, "I have worked closely with Wirth Research on the development of the Acura ARX -01a/b (ALMS LMP2 car) using the simulator, and I can tellyou first hand how useful it has been for not only development of the car but also my development as a driver. Each time I used the simulator before a race I felt very prepared and I found my driving also improved. I am extremely pleased that we have been able to bring this exciting technology to the MSA British Race Elite programme, and I thank Nick Wirth for joining our growing list of partners."
The elite driver training scheme is backed by the Motor Sports Association - governingbody of UK motor sport. It was launched in January 2007, and reaffirms the MSA's commitment to developing and promoting young, British, motor sport talent.
Attending the announcement of the new simulator at Wirth Research, the General Secretary of the MSA, Rob Jones, said "The MSA is delighted that Wirth Research has chosen to support the MSA British Race Elite Scheme. The Scheme aims to improve every aspect of Britain's most promising racing drivers, and with the Scheme members having an opportunity to use the state-of-the-art simulator through our association with Wirth Research, this will be another significant benefit for the members as they prepare for their racing careers at the highest level."
As well as working on track performance, engineering skills and technical understanding, the drivers within the scheme are coached and guided in the vital additional areas such as physical training, mind coaching, career management, sponsorship generation, self-promotion and media presentation that complete the all-round package of the modern motor racing driver.