If you're tired of Saturday night talent television shows dedicated to singing, dance troupes and balletic dogs, then Fiat's sporty Abarth division might have something a little more up your street.
Abarth's 'Make It Your Race 2012' programme seeks to shortlist 105 of the keenest aspiring racing drivers across Europe. Signing up on the registration form could be the first step in competing against other racer-wannabes from the UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Germany and Switzerland - countires with 19 different Formula One world champions between them. And they all had to start somewhere...
The initial shortlist of 105 non-professional drivers will take on the first stage of Make It Your Race 2012: an advanced driving course at the Varano Driving Academy in Parma, Italy. Of those, the best 24 will take on a new course at the Driving Academy – a race driving course, learning their craft in proper facilities under expert coaching.
The candidiates will then be whittled down again to pick the best 6, for whom a very special treat awaits. The special six will have the opportunity to race an Abarth 500 “Assetto Corse” track car against professional drivers, during the official Abarth Trophy test on the Franciacorta circuit (June 22-24 2012).
The first place finisher will then win an Abarth of their very own!
Tempted? Of course you are, and luckily, this isn't being run on a first come, first served basis - 10,000 registrations have been received already. So get your entry in sharpish at http://www.makeityourrace.it/ and it might just be you making that shortlist to kick off a dream summer!