REPCO LAUNCHES YOUNG DRIVER SCHOLARSHIP
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA – [OCTOBER 31, 2019] – Repco, Australia’s number one aftermarket automotive retailer, has launched a young driver scholarship program in conjunction with the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
The program will see Repco assist selected young, upcoming drivers as they make their way through the motorsport ranks in Australia and New Zealand.
The first recipient of the program is 11-year-old go-kart racer, Tom Bewley, from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.
Bewley has been personally selected by 2018 Supercars Champion Scott McLaughlin to be the first driver inducted into the scholarship program, which will see Repco support his racing program alongside a mentorship from McLaughlin.
Fabian Coulthard will also select a young driver to receive a similar scholarship in a forthcoming announcement.
Wayne Bryant, Executive General Manager for Repco Australia, said that “motorsport, and assisting young drivers to earn their racing stripes, is part of Repco’s DNA.”
“Repco is a brand that is synonymous with Motorsport across the globe, but particularly in Australia and New Zealand,” said Bryant.
“With this scholarship, we want to assist the next generation of racers to make their way through the ranks in what can be a difficult and expensive process.
“If this program assists us to unearth the next Scott McLaughlin or Fabian Coulthard, then we will consider it a massive success. We will watch Tom’s progress with great interest,” concluded Bryant.
McLaughlin said that being able to give back is something that he is enjoying immensely.
“It was only through the assistance of big companies like Repco that I was able to make it all the way through to become a full-time race car driver. Support like this is massively important,” said McLaughlin.
“Being able to mentor Tom as he navigates the world of motorsport, as well as having Repco assist him with funding, will hopefully make a big difference to this talented kid. I’m really looking forward to working with him.”
Bewley is ecstatic to have been selected for the scholarship.
“I love racing, but I know it’s a hard thing for my mum and dad to keep me on the track,” said Tom.
“With this Repco scholarship, and the great advice from Scott, I feel more confident and prepared than ever. Thank you very much to Repco for helping to make my dreams come true. This is going to be awesome.”
Repco was founded in 1922 in a Melbourne garage in response to the need to repair the growing fleet of vehicles on Australian roads. Repco was soon trading across Australia, eventually growing to become one of the most recognised and respected brand names in the Australian automotive aftermarket. With an Australasian footprint of over 400 stores supported by over 4000 staff, unmatched distribution and on-line solutions, Repco remains number one in the Australian automotive aftermarket, standing proud as one of Australasia’s most iconic brands.
About Shell V-Power Racing Team
DJR Team Penske – a partnership between Dick Johnson Racing and Team Penske – is one of the most successful motorsports teams in Australia, with eight Australian Touring Car / Supercars Championships and three Bathurst 1000 victories, including the 2018 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship. With the backing of Viva Energy – Shell’s Australian licensee – DJR Team Penske competes as the Shell V-Power Racing Team.
Team Penske is one of the most successful teams in the history of professional sports. Cars owned and prepared by Team Penske have produced more than 530 major race wins, over 600 pole positions and 35 Championships across open-wheel, stock car and sports car racing competition. Over the course of its 53-year history, the team has also earned 18 Indianapolis 500 victories, two Daytona 500 Championships, a Formula 1 win and overall victories in the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring. Team Penske currently competes in the NTT IndyCar Series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the NASCAR Xfinity Series and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.