desfoleyYou may remember the GT Academy which aired on ITV earlier this year. At the time ‘stoodonthepodium’ spoke to their Performance Director, Simon Fitchett about the scheme which aims to turn ordinary people into racing drivers.

Otherwise known as ‘game changers’, the GT Academy combines the experience of the mentors with the youth and enthusiasm of youngsters, to help mould a successful career in Motorsport.Britain and Ireland’s winner was Des Foley. I remember the ruthless mixture of innocence and determination on his face throughout the competition.

I was thinking earlier, “what ever happened to Des Foley?” Not only did I find out but I also have the chance to help him on his journey to the next level.

Indeed, we can all help Des achieve his dream of becoming a Motorsport Photographer/Videographer through one simple vote. One vote which could change Des’ life forever.

“Motorsport has always been something that I have gravitated towards. Yes I would sometimes take a break from it but I would always come back for more. Through the years it has always fascinated me in some shape or form. From getting up at 5am to watch Suzuka F1 races when I was 10, to shooting photo and video at Le Mans, and even nearly landing myself race seat after reaching the final of the Nissan GT Academy last year”.

This opportunity combines his love and talent of racing and photography into one dream career. “It is within touching distance but I need your help to make it happen”. 


Des was selected as one of the final 5 for the Budweiser Dream Job competition where, if he wins, he will have the chance to pursue his dream job – Motorsport Videographer/Photographer.

“I have decided to turn to you, the Motorsport community, and make a plea for your support. I simply cannot win this without you. I have some great support already and at the time of writing I am currently in 3rd position, a few hundred votes behind the leaders”

To vote for Des, all you have to do is head to and simply click VOTE DES. It is a one time vote done via your Facebook account. It does NOT request you to like or share anything else.

“It would mean so much to me to have your support and I plan to make some great documentaries about Motorsport if I win”.

Thank you.

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