Auto Sport Academy
was created in 1993 by Elf Aquitaine
Elf Aquitaine was a French oil company which merged with TotalFina to form TotalFinaElf. The new company changed its name to Total in 2003...
to promote French drivers at the highest level, in line with its marketing approach and its commitment to Renault in F1. It is located at: Technoparc des 24 Heures, Chemin aux Boeufs, 72100 Le Mans, France.
It was taken over in April 2001 by the FFSA (French Motorsport Federation), becoming one of its subsidiaries.
Its main objective remains unchanged - to train young drivers and promote the best to give them access to a professional career: 40 to 50 drivers are trained every year in its two main disciplines, competition karting (Formula Kart) and single-seater racing (Formula Campus Renault Elf).
Its unique feature is that its concept includes the only motorsport "Pole Espoirs" (promising young drivers' section) in the world.
In effect, until its creation, budding drivers thought that they had to systematically choose between studies and motorsport. The Academy puts the situation in another light: in view of the few successful candidates in motorsport, it offers potential drivers the option of testing their sporting talents while continuing their studies.
It also provides free training for would-be mechanics, in partnership with the State Education system. 87% of trainee mechanics work in the world of competition on completion of their training.
Since 2005, the Academy offers a new training centre dedicated to the profession of instructor, with official recognition by a "Brevet Professionnel" (certificate of vocational competency).
Former graduates include Sébastien Bourdais
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, Franck Montagny
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, Stéphane Sarrazin
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, Narain Karthikeyan
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, Dominic Cicero and Ryo Fukuda
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It was renamed Auto Sport Academy in 2007.