Cameron Twynham’s hopes of clinching the European F3 Open Copa Class crown received a boost late last week when the 17-year-old Briton was confirmed as an MSA Academy driver.
The Market Harborough resident, who retains a chance of winning the title at this weekend’s season finale in Barcelona, has already sought advice from the scheme designed to aid rising stars, which was established by the UK’s officially sanctioned motorsport body in 2008.
A stellar first season racing Formula 3 machinery has helped Twynham catch the eye of MSA bosses, whose Academy programme is a development pathway designed to foster Britain's most promising young drivers.
Academy candidates are assessed on the basis of talent, potential and their willingness to work with the MSA in order to improve all aspects of their performance, both on and off track. Having met all three criteria, Twynham will now spend time attending workshops that focus on a broad range of topics, from lifestyle and fitness to the tactical nous and situation analysis a modern racing driver requires. There will also be support available from a dedicated Performance Management structure and qualified coaches.
Twynham is confident that the Academy’s facilities and programmes will help him improve still further next year.
“Being selected as an MSA Academy driver is a fantastic achievement and one that I’m sure will help me to take the next step in 2014,” he said. “The MSA Academy does a great job helping to prepare and improve young drivers, so I’m really looking forward to getting stuck in and learning as much as I can. The fact that selection is based on performance and potential is very important to me as I’ve worked incredibly hard over the last 12 months or so to put myself in this position. By recognising that, the MSA Academy has provided me with even greater motivation and means to succeed.”
MSA Academy Coordinator Greg Symes explained that a combination of factors played their part in Twynham’s selection.
“Cameron is one of those drivers who has stood out since graduating to cars in 2012. He was first identified as a potential candidate when racing in the InterSteps series last year after the MSA ran a performance master class programme for its drivers. That, coupled with his excellent results this year, as well as a personal recommendation from Team UK driver Jack Harvey, guaranteed his place on the Academy. It’s there to offer advise where the drivers feel they most need assistance, so that ranges from having someone acting as a sounding board on the phone right through to us putting a bespoke programme of workshops in place. Whatever Cam feels is relevant we’ll try to provide.”
The final round of this season’s European F3 Open campaign is live on Motors TV this weekend, with coverage of Saturday’s race airing at 13:50 and Sunday’s starting at 12:05 GMT.