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NBF promotes Younger Drivers Growth in Norway

2022-09-22 11:05:00

The Norges Bilsportforbund (NBF), the Nationwide Sporting Authority delegated by the Royal Car Membership of Norway (KNA) since 1932 to exert management over motor sport within the nation, is making concrete efforts to make sure it’s extra accessible, notably to younger fans. After two years of different actions as a result of Covid-19 pandemic, the NBF Younger Driver Growth Programme is now again to regular and dedicated to supporting younger gifted drivers with driving programs, coaching periods, and workshops.

Q&A with Hallgeir Raknerud, NBF Common Secretary

When did you launch the Younger Driver Growth Programme?

Since 2010 we now have acquired funding from the FIA Sport Grant Programme for this initiative. Many profitable drivers like Andreas Mikkelsen, Mads Østberg, Dennis Hauger, Dennis Olsen, Andreas Bakkerud and Fredric Aasbø are nonetheless part of our program. 

How did the pandemic have an effect on your actions and what did you do to beat these challenges?

When the pandemic hit us the spring of 2020 we needed to suppose alternatively, we needed to be artistic. We began with a number of online-workouts with greater than 40 drivers taking part; we gave drivers lectures of what to do at dwelling; After a number of weeks we had our first driving lecture, with strict corona-rules, in a time when there have been no races in any respect.

What are the primary areas you might be at present specializing in?

To be able to encourage younger folks into motor sport, it’s important that there are low-cost options to draw them. 

We consider that Simracing is a vital alternative on this regard because it supplies drivers with an accessible platform the place driving capability in actual circumstances will be in comparison with that within the digital dimension.

We’ve just lately launched tasks to extend participation of Nationwide Crew Drivers and feminine drivers in Simracing. We additionally organized live-shows each the autumn of 2020 and the spring of 2021 and we bought one of the best drivers in Norway to take part in an iRacing-race. 

We’ve lots of younger drivers taking part in our programs and coaching camps, and it’s inspiring for them to coach with their large idols from WRC, DTM, WRX, Formulation 2 and Formulation Drift.

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