Pit Lane at the Albert Park circuit is where Andrew Westacott (CEO Australian Grand Prix Corporation) today revealed the roles that the 65 Grid Kids will play during the four day event, set to commence this Thursday 14th March.
Westacott and the AGPC announced the details of this year’s Grid Kids showing at the Grand Prix, speaking about how significant an opportunity like this will be for the rising stars in Australian motorsport.
“What a fantastic opportunity for 65 young boys and girls; the aspirational opportunities you get at the Australian Grand Prix is just second to none,” Westacott said.
“When you think about it, we’ve got 60 years since Sir Jack Brabham won his first world championship in 1959, Alan Jones will be here, Mark Webber will be here, obviously Daniel Ricciardo will be here as well as the future stars.
“There’s 65 Grid Kids here this year; they’re going to be on the flags of nations, the future stars for the FIA, the dignitary welcome parade coming on to the main straight. They’re going to be meeting their heroes, 20 of them will meet their heroes at Federation Square for the season launch, 65 in total will be here for the Australian Grand Prix.”
Westacott talked about the selection process which wasn’t an easy task given the popularity of the Grid Kids concept which kicked off last season.
“We’ve had a great relationship with Karting Australia when it comes to the selection of the Grid Kids. They got over 280 applications this year and then they went through an evaluation criteria that was based on contributions on a club level, the achievements on circuit and off circuit, the role they play at their karting club.
“It promises to be sensational for all of them because we all need heroes in life and they’re going to be smiling from ear to ear when they’re out on the grid on Sunday.”
Four Grid Kids were with Andrew in pit lane this morning, talking about their excitement at being part of the great event, favourite drivers and aspirations to follow in their footsteps one day.
Certainly not lacking in confidence, the Grid Kids (Cooper Frith, Joanne Ciconte, Lewis Francis and Scarlett Tander) were lapping up the media attention and all too keen to put on their “game face” down Walker Straight.
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