Sports Insure Young Driver Initiative finalists confirmed 

The final 10 drivers in the Sports Insure Young Driver Initiative have been confirmed by Bute Motorsport, Sports Insure and United Autosports.

Enaam Ahmed, Stephane Kox, Scott Malvern, Sandy Mitchell, Daniel O’Brien, Callan O’Keeffe, Harrison Scott, Alex Sedgwick, Bradley Smith and Toby Sowery have been named as the final 10 drivers who will canvas for public votes to ultimately win a drive in the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship with United Autosports.

There was an overwhelming response to the Young Driver Initiative, announced at the opening round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park in April. Over 100 drivers from a vast range of backgrounds and with varying levels of experience applied to be in with a chance of winning a drive in the Ligier JS P3 – the most successful LMP3 car in the market. 

The judging panel decided to increase the number of finalists from six to 10 after struggling to narrow the field down. All 10 finalists now have 10 weeks to convince the public to vote for them as the winning driver. Voting will be via social media and will close on Friday 11th August, with the winning driver being announced at the penultimate round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship at Snetterton on Saturday 12th August. Everyone who registers to vote will automatically be entered into a prize draw, where they will be in with a chance of winning two tickets to the final round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship at Donington Park.

Information on all 10 finalists can be found here – goo.gl/yqKYKQ

Voting is now open and is available on the following Twitter accounts:

@LMP3Cup

@Unitedautosport

@LigierUK

@sportsinsure

The next round of the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup is at the world-famous Spa Francorchamps on 9-11 June.

Richard Dean, United Autosports:

“The calibre of entries we had for the young driver initiative was staggering. I hadn’t really got a figure in mind as to how many we would get, but to get over 100 is fantastic – it really shows that people want to drive the Ligier JS P3 and race in the Henderson Insurance LMP3 Cup Championship. Selecting the final 10 wasn’t easy. There were probably around 20 we could have put through but we thought 10 was a good figure. Hopefully the public will get behind the social media campaigns we are now going to run for the next 10 weeks. I am very excited to see who comes out as the winner. I’d be quite happy to run any of the final 10 in a United Autosports car.”

Chris Haynes, Bute Motorsport:

"It's safe to say we were not only amazed by the quantity of applicants, but the quality as well. The fact we had drivers from top national championships apply is a tremendous show of strength for the LMP3 formula and particularly for our British Championship. We debated upon the nominations for some time, but whittled the 118 to a final 10. The final 10 are each strong candidates and all have different strengths and weaknesses - we now hand the process over to the public to vote. It's going to be fascinating to watch how the drivers promote themselves in the coming weeks, to secure the winning number of votes.”