This followed a rigorous application process in which 25 applicants, between the ages of 17 and 23, were whittled down to a shortlist of five from which Kelvin was ultimately selected. The shortlisted drivers were interviewed by a panel which included multiple former South African motor racing champion, and ex-Formula One driver, Ian Scheckter.
MSA CEO, Adrian Scholtz, who was a member of the selection panel said, “The panel was unanimous in its decision that Kelvin would be best placed to represent South Africa at the selection event.” He added, “We are confident that the maturity, confidence, professionalism and humility demonstrated by Kelvin during his interview, in addition to his unquestionable racing ability, will stand him in good stead in his bid to secure a place in the elite Academy”.
Kelvin comes from a family steeped in South African motorsport, with his grandfather, Hennie, father, Shaun, and uncle, Etienne all being multiple South African champions. Kelvin, in his own right, is the youngest ever South African car circuit racing national champion, having succeeded his uncle Etienne to that honour.
He is currently leading the Volkswagen Scirocco R Cup German championship, following three wins and a third place in the four races held so far.
The training and selection event of the Young Driver Excellence Academy for the Africa region will be hosted and organised on behalf of the FIA Institute by Motorsport South Africa and is to be held at the end of September.
“It’s a great feeling to be selected for such a prestigious event. I would like to thank Motorsport South Africa for putting their full faith in my ability to represent South Africa at such a high level. I also want to thank everyone who has been in full support of me and my career, it is really humbling to have the support of a Nation behind you.”