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1384271 236272613194652 2103302681 nYoung Victorian Anton De Pasquale is set to take on the world, having been chosen as the single Australian motor sport driver to contest the FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia-Pacific Selection Event in Sydney in October.

Anton, who only recently turned 18, is delighted to have been chosen by the Confederation of Australian Motor Sport (CAMS) from a long list of some of the nation’s top young drivers for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

An excited De Pasquale says he is looking forward to showing his skills against some of the best young drivers throughout Asia-Pacific.

“I’m very excited to have this opportunity. It’s a great opportunity for a young driver like me as I chase my goal of an International motor sport career…hopefully I can make the most of it.”

From Melbourne, De Pasquale is currently leading the race for the driver’s title in the Australian Formula Ford Championship and now gets this shot at taking his career to another level.

“At the FIA Institute Academy selection event I know I will be competing against some of the best drivers in the Asia-Pacific region and I am sure to find out where I am at. I feel I am up for the challenge and feel I can match it with the talent at the academy in all aspects and hopefully the results reflect that,” said De Pasquale.

De Pasquale was chosen by a selection panel assembled by CAMS. Drivers from across all disciplines had to meet a set of minimum criteria, as well as having demonstrated strong performance in competition so far.

Tim Schenken, on behalf of the panel said: “The level of talent that nominated was very high and it was a tough decision to make. In the end the selection panel could only pick one and Anton’s attributes gave him the edge. While the rest were clearly very talented and also very worthy, they should not be disheartened and we urge them to nominate again next year.”

To coincide with this announcement, CAMS takes much pleasure in also announcing that Mazda is powering the CAMS hosted FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy Asia-Pacific Selection Event at Sydney Motorsport Park.

The Global vehicle manufacturer will be supplying cars for the drivers and in doing so is supporting motor sport here and abroad.

Mazda’s managing director Martin Benders said: “Mazda has a long history in Australian motor sport and we are excited to team up with CAMS to help find, assist and develop motor racing’s next generation. Anton is an exciting prospect and we wish him well as he competes against the best in the Asia-Pacific region.”

Drivers from up to19 countries across Asia-Pacific are able to take part in the event at Sydney Motorsport Park on 20-23 October, which will produce one guaranteed winner to go forward to the 2013/14 FIA Institute Young Driver Excellence Academy.

Over three days the drivers will undergo exercises designed to evaluate fitness, driving performance, media techniques, teamwork and psychology. The winner will receive a place on the Academy's training programme, which aims to help drivers develop their motor sport careers, while increasing safety skills and actively promoting the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.