November 26, 2019
Racing an Aston Martin in GT4 made Tom eligible for the Academy where he was joined by 22 drivers racing in GT3 and GT4 aged between 17 and 25. The panel of judges for this year’s Academy included factory drivers Darren Turner and Jonny Adam as well as Paul Howarth, team principal of the AMR World Endurance Championship squad.
The prize that Tom was fighting for is a potential career changing one which includes financial contribution to his 2020 season as well as career guidance and simulator time. It was a prize won by YRDA Alumni driver, Ross Gunn, in the past who now races with the factory in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the GTE Am class.
It is a scheme with proven success and Tom has now put himself on a very exciting path which could lead to very big things in the future. Fellow TF Sport teammates Ash Hand, Patrick Kibble and Josh Price were amongst fellow nominees for the prize making it a highly contested contest.
Tom’s confidence in 2019 has been clear to see and during the Academy selection he both showed his capabilities on and off track as well as his potential for the future leading to him be selected as the winner.
It wraps up a very successful season for Tom who won the British GT4 Championship in just his second attempt leading him to be nominated for the Star of the Future Motorsport Award.
AMR President David King: "Tom is clearly a very promising talent, and this shone through in all aspects of his academy training. He approached the programme with maturity and focus, and his attitude was exemplary. That he combined all this with a consummate campaign in the British GT Championship shows that he fully deserves the opportunity to become part of the AMR family."
Tom Canning: "I am excited to become part of the AMR family, and look forward to my new role, working closer with the team in 2020 and getting back in the Aston Martin Vantage."
Plans for 2020 are yet to be revealed, but it is fair to say his season is already looking very exciting with the backing of Aston Martin Racing now guaranteed.