A new partnership between the popular Formula Kart Stars series and front-running British team Hillspeed has produced a new scholarship award in 2012.
The Formula One Management-backed championship will nominate one driver in each of the 12 rounds of the 2012 championship. The nominated drivers will then attend an exclusive shootout with Hillspeed at the end of the season.
The winner of the shootout will receive free entry into the 2013 Ginetta Junior Championship or Formula Renault BARC Championship courtesy of Hillspeed.
Derbyshire-based Hillspeed have had success in both championships, winning the 2010 and 2011 Ginetta Junior titles, as well as the 2010 Formula Renault BARC crown.
Hillspeed Team Principal Richard Ollerenshaw said: “Hillspeed is very excited about the partnership with FKS and the opportunity to work with drivers seeking a long term future in Motorsport. 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 said: “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.
“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.”