On this initiative, Eberhard Kern, MD & CEO, Mercedes-Benz India, said, Motorsports is inseparable from Mercedes-Benz and with the phenomenal success of the first season we are thrilled to announce the second season of our Young Star Driver programme in India. In fact, this is an opportunity for the budding motorsport talent to showcase and improve their racing skills on international tracks.
The Young Star Driver programme is open for racing aspirants between 18 and 25 years of age, and is conducted via a nationwide evaluation process based on different criterion like race track training, racing acumen, racing aptitude and accomplishments. This evaluation is done by Vicky Chandhok and his team. The jury members will short-list 24 participants who will be adjudged against each other to qualify for the final six slots. The elimination rounds will be conducted on August 7, 2014, and the grand finale will take place on August 8, 2014.
Last year, the Young Star Driver programme received about 3,200 applications from 48 cities.