Australia’s first all-Indigenous race team, Racing Together has launched its new headquarters at Queensland Raceway. The team, created by FIA Formula 1 Steward Garry Connelly and his wife Monique, facilitates and encourages the involvement of young First Nations Australians in motorsport and empowers them to find employment in the sport including mechanical, engineering and driving roles.
The Racing Together initiative was the recipient of the FIA President’s Award in the category of Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The award was presented at the FIA Annual General Assembly in Bologna last year by FIA President Mohammed Ben Sulayem. The programme is about building a team of indigenous youths and teaching them the career and life skills they need to get jobs in the motor sport or automobile industry.
Since its inception, Racing Together has been based at Norwell Motorplex on the Gold Coast, where it has built, prepared and campaigned Hyundai Excel race cars for the competitive Queensland and Northern Territory Excel Racing categories.
Due to the popularity and success of the programme, larger facilities were required and thanks to the support of Queensland Raceway owner Tony Quinn, Racing Australia has been able to relocate to a base on-site at the Willowbank circuit. The prizemoney from the FIA Presidential Award went towards fitting out the new base and providing new uniforms for the team.
“Having a dedicated space to be able to run Racing Together will enable us to take the programme to the next level, and provide an environment for our inductees that fully represents a race team working environment,” Connelly said.
“When we launched in 2020, there was virtually no indigenous participation in motorsport, so we’re proud we’ve been able to encourage first nations Australians to become involved in the sport, and four of the inductees from our original intake have already found employment within the industry.”
Launched in September 2022, the FIA President’s Awards aim to recognise the significant work carried out by FIA Member Clubs to bring sustainable and measurable change within the FIA community and society at large in the fields of climate action, road safety, and equality, diversity and inclusion.
By raising awareness on these causes and highlighting existing solutions, the Awards will contribute to the achievement of the global sustainable development goals which are central to the FIA’s mission.
Source : Fia