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Mondello Park announces 2022 Junior Mini Scholarship

Mondello Park are pleased to announce details of the 2022 Junior Mini Scholarship, where one budding racing driver will win a fully funded season in the 2022 Junior Mini Challenge. The Challenge will be an integral part of the ICCR package and the winner can look forward to unrivalled exposure to fans, media and sponsors throughout their maiden year in car racing. 

Want to know how to apply? Make sure to read this release right to the end.

This fantastic prize includes the following:

  • Entry into the 2022 ICCR Junior Mini Challenge
  • Use of a Mini Cooper race car for the 2022 season
  • Entry fees paid for the whole season
  • Fees paid for Mondello Park ICCR test days
  • Season supply of Toyo Tires race tires

Date & Venue 

The competition is due to take place at Mondello Park on 17th March 2022 at the end of which the winner will be announced. 

Day Format 

Each participant will complete three assessments on the day including media, Sim driving and a driving assessment with an instructor. 

Media – Presenting yourself professionally to the media is an essential skill at all levels of motorsport. The ICCR Junior Mini Challenge will be heavily promoted across all media channels with many of the 2022 ICCR events being live streamed. Drivers are often interviewed straight after a race when the adrenaline is pumping, so being able to communicate effectively and in a clear, professional manner is a necessary trait.

Driving – Driving is the main part of the assessment for the Scholarship, holding 60% of the weighting. It is advised that drivers prepare for the driving assessment adequately to give themselves the best possible chance of progressing through the competition. As a minimum, drivers should be competent at driving a manual car prior to arrival.

All participants will have a number of sessions on track alongside a professional instructor in the Mondello Park race prepared saloon car, during which they will be assessed on the following areas and not solely on lap time:

  • Ability to drive safely at speed
  • Car control skills
  • Ability to change gear
  • Willingness to learn from the instructor
  • Progression through the sessions 

Sim – With Mondello Park having a close working relationship with onsite Sim company and title partner of the ICCR, Digital Motorsport, applicants will compete in a virtual competition to demonstrate their racing prowess against each other.

Do I need to have my own race kit and racing car? 

No. Drivers who do not own their own kit should wear a long-sleeved top, trousers and suitable footwear. Mondello Park will have a limited number of helmets available on the day to borrow. All the cars are provided as part of the competition. 

Do I need to have a race licence to take part in the Scholarship? 

No. There are no specific licence requirements to take part in the Scholarship. 

Do I need to have any specific experience to take part? 

No. Competitors are not required to have any specific experience in any form of racing. We do recommend that successful applicants have at least had practice driving a car with a clutch. 

What happens if the Scholarship is oversubscribed?

With such a fantastic prize available to the winner, Mondello Park envisage that they will receive a huge amount of applications. With the limited time available to assess an applicant on the day the organisers will if required shortlist candidates on the day. So please be aware that your application does not give you an automatic right to attend on the day. Mondello Park will advise all applicants if they have been selected or not for the assessment day.

How do I apply to take part in the Scholarship

All you have to do to apply for the scholarship is click here to download the Junior Mini Scholarship application form. Once completed, please send a copy of your application form through to info@iccr.ie and a member of the Junior Mini Scholarship team will be in touch very soon.

When is the closing date for Applications?

The closing date for submission of a completed Application form is 17:00 on Wednesday, March 9th.