Teenager Kris Hall has been chosen as the wildcard entrant to represent the United Kingdom at the forthcoming Fiesta SportingTrophy International Shootout 2008.
The shootout, which takes place next month, will see Hall competing against a number of other hopefuls including VK FST UK and FST Ireland winner Elfyn Evans and the Irish wildcard entrant of Alastair Fisher.
Hall will be fighting for a chance to win a twelve-month contract working at M-Sport with the BP Ford Abu Dhabi World Rally Team during the 2009 WRC season.
Hall was nominated as the wildcard driver after edging out Meilyr Evans for the honour, with his consistency over the course of the season being enough to secure the drive.
“It has been great to see the emergence of two new talents this year in the FST series in the form of Kris and Meilyr,” FST co-ordinator Richard Millener said. “With both drivers showing their true speed and commitment throughout the year they have attracted attention to the championship and promoted it as a series for up-and-coming talent to show their true potential. I wish Kris all the best during the shootout.”
The two-day Shootout will consist of physical, psychological and media tests before a gravel-based driving test in Greystoke Forest.
The top five competitors will then have a one-on-one interview with M-Sport chief Malcolm Wilson before the winner is decided.
“I am really pleased that I have been recognised for my pace this year,” Hall said. “I have been somewhat unlucky this season and not got all the results I have been fighting for during the championship events.
“The shootout will be a great experience to compare my current performance to other FST drivers from around the world and I will be heading to the competition with one aim - to win. I am really thankful of this opportunity and hope to make the most of it.”