Malaysian teenager Rahul Mayer selected for young driver McLaren Performance Academy

Rahul Mayer flying the flag for Malaysia

March 10th 2014 – Malaysian teenager Rahul Mayer is gearing up to be trained like a Formula 1 driver after being selected to join the prestigious McLaren Performance Academy young driver programme.

The newly designed MPA-14 programme will be delivered at McLaren’s UK headquarters in Woking. Building on the success of the 2013 Performance Academy, this year’s course will see an expanded programme for the selected young drivers. The Academy, provides an initial three day bootcamp of intense training and assessments followed by further support and workshop programmes throughout the year, it offers expert advice from professionals within the McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 team.

“I am really honored to be selected for this fantastic opportunity and as a young Malaysian sportsman I am eager to grab this once in a lifetime opportunity. As I go into my second season racing in UK’s BRDC Formula 4 Championship, I’m really looking forward to putting my new skills into practice, it will really help me reach new levels in my racing performance. I can’t wait to get started,” commented an excited Rahul ahead of his first Academy training day.

McLaren Performance Academy official logo

Speaking about the Performance Academy, Clayton Green, Manager of the Human Performance Programme said: “McLaren Applied Technologies was delighted with the success of the 2013 Performance Academy and the overwhelmingly positive feedback from the young drivers who attended. Drawing on McLaren’s unparalleled knowledge and expertise in the field of Formula 1 and performance measurement, the Performance Academy is well-placed to inform, train and inspire the next generation of motorsport champions.”

McLaren Mercedes driver, Kevin Magnussen, said: “As one of McLaren’s past young drivers, I’ve got first-hand experience of the team’s expertise in driver development. Whether it is guidance on nutrition, race preparation or physical fitness, McLaren’s human performance specialists have made a real difference to my progression as a driver, and contributed a great deal to where I am today. The Performance Academy is a unique opportunity for young drivers to tap into the knowledge and experience of Formula 1 experts at a world-famous team.”

“This is a great opportunity for Rahul, and this unique programme with McLaren will give him another layer of valuable training and support throughout the year. I have worked with Rahul since he was 15 when he raced in the Dubai Formula Gulf 1000 Championship, we all saw he had a natural talent. We have all worked very hard over the last few years to give him the best support and his parents have have made great sacrifices financially to support Rahul develop as a driver, and this is a great recognition of those efforts,” commented Rahul’s manager, Lex Akehurst of XSport Driver Management.

The 2014 Performance Academy, runs between 14th and 16th March, including a series of educational workshops and physical training sessions that offer a one-of-a-kind insight into the blend of technologies, knowledge and best practice that drive motorsport success.

 

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