* Ginetta Junior or BARC Renault entry fee up for grabs.
* 12 drivers set for end of year shootout.
Formula Kart Stars have joined forces with one of the most successful junior formulae teams in Britain, Hillspeed, to create a new scholarship award in 2012.
The Formula One Management backed Championship, the only karting championship in the world to enjoy continued support from Bernie Ecclestone and Lewis Hamilton, will nominate one eligible driver in each of the 12 rounds that comprise the 2012 Formula Kart Stars Championship to attend an exclusive FKS shootout with Hillspeed at the end of the season.
The winner of the shootout will receive his or her entry fee for the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship or the 2013 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship courtesy of Hillspeed, who have a glowing record of success in both championships.
Having guided former FKS Mini Max Champion Tom Ingram to the 2010 Junior Ginetta title and then defended their crown with Seb Morris in 2011, Hillspeed have recently announced the signing of former Formula Kart Stars frontrunner Nathan Harrison for the 2012 Junior Ginetta season.
In the Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship Hillspeed’s record is equally as successful, helping another Formula Kart Stars driver, Alice Powell to the 2010 championship and sustaining that performance in 2011 with newly crowned Winter Series Champion Victor Jimenez.
“Hillspeed is very excited about the partnership with FKS and the opportunity to work with drivers seeking a long term future in Motorsport,” confirmed team principle Richard Ollerenshaw at the recent Autosport International Show in Birmingham’s NEC Arena. “It is clearly apparent that FKS is a vital proving ground and stepping stone for aspiring karters. We want to become involved and offer them the chance to sample entry-level car racing within the professional environment that Hillspeed provides.
“We have worked with a number of young drivers with karting backgrounds and have been exceptionally successful in their development and career progression. Our Ginetta Junior programme has provided our drivers the opportunity to graduate from karting to cars while keeping a high profile with all of the races supporting the British Touring Car Championship.”
Formula Kart Stars Championship director Carolynn Hoy confirmed that Hillspeed’s proven track record in helping develop the careers of young drivers fresh out of karting made the Derbyshire based team a natural choice as a championship partner.
“Hillspeed are in a unique position in that they can offer our drivers two different routes into the world of car racing through either the single seater or closed cockpit environment,” stated Hoy. “Their work with drivers like Tom [Ingram] and Alice [Powell] proves that they believe in giving young drivers their first big opportunity and that is one of the core aims of Formula Kart Stars as well. I know that whoever is eventually selected for the prize will be in the best environment possible with Hillspeed.”
Due to the age restrictions of the Ginetta Junior Championship, Formula Kart Stars drivers must be no older than 16 on April 1st 2013 to be eligible for the prize.