ANDREW Chapple from Barnstaple has been awarded a place in the Dunlop Race Academy 2008, taking him one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional racing driver. Dubbed the X-Factor of motorsport, Race Academy takes wannabe racing car drivers an

ANDREW Chapple from Barnstaple has been awarded a place in the Dunlop Race Academy 2008, taking him one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional racing driver. Dubbed the X-Factor of motorsport, Race Academy takes wannabe racing car drivers and gives them a shot on the track, with the winner set to compete in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup. Andrew,33, will compete against six other drivers from the south of England during a semi-final at the Silverstone circuit on July 29th.The self-employed electrician will receive race craft tuition from GT Champion and Le Mans driver Calum Lockie alongside former Dunlop Race Academy winner Simon Shaw. He will be judged on his on-track technique and skill as well as going through media tests during the day.The two best performing drivers from Silverstone will be chosen to go through to the grand final at Bedford Autodrome in August, where they will go up against the two winners from the north semi-final to find the winner.The winner of the Dunlop Race Academy will compete in the Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup at Rockingham in September, where they will share the track with the professionals..