2018 Press Release - 2018 Elite Motorsport Academy
At 15 years old, Billy Frazer can't legally drive on New Zealand roads but he is certainly no slouch behind a steering wheel! Selected as one of only 8 drivers to participate in the prestigious New Zealand 2018 Elite Motorsport Academy this youngster has his sights firmly set on a career in motorsport.
The Elite Motorsport Academy has been set up by Motorsport New Zealand to support the all-round development - physical, mental and commercial - of aspiring motorsport talent. The Academy starts off in July with a week-long camp in Dunedin run by world class tutors and academics from the Academy of Sport South Island and the University of Otago's School of Physical Education's Human Performance Centre. This is followed up with 12 months of mentoring and support as participants take the skills learned back into their racing lives. “The experience and mentoring I will get from being in the Academy will be fantastic and I can't wait to get down to Dunedin” said Billy.
Billy's passion for motorsport began when, as a 7 year old and with a nudge from his Dad, he took up karting. As well as competing very successfully at both club and national levels, Billy represented New Zealand in 2015 at the Rok Cup finals in Italy and also competed in the SKUSA SuperNationals in Las Vegas. “The opportunity Billy had to be part of the worldclass Ward Racing Team in Italy and to see all the technology and work that goes into driver development cemented his commitment to become a successful race car driver” said Billy's Dad, Jim Frazer.
Last season Billy completed his first full season in the open wheel Formula First class achieving 5th place in the National Series. A highlight of the season was taking a race win at his local track, Pukekohe, in the final round. Billy plans to complete another season in this class before moving to the Toyota 86 series in 2019.
Richard Allport of Allport Motorsport has supported Billy from his early karting days. “Billy is a great kid and we have really enjoyed following him as he develops in motorsport. We watch with interest to see what the future will hold for him.” said Richard.
With the Academy camp only a month away, Billy has been continuing to train hard and prepare physically. Most recently he has been at the Pukekohe track but competing on two wheels as part of his school's senior A cycling team. “Cycling and the additional sporting training that my school, King's College, provides works well with my motorsport. Fitness is really important and I am really keen to learn more about that at the Academy camp as well as all the other key skills that go into achieving success” said Billy.