LONDON – 3rd December – The next Lewis Hamilton could be unearthed at the Autosport International Show in a few week’s time, through a unique competition for aspiring race drivers in conjunction with Formula Kart Stars, the only junior karting series backed by Formula One Management.
Formula Kart Stars is supported by Formula One Management and counts current double F1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton, among its graduates.
Karting is motorsport’s undisputed nursery and Formula Kart Stars’ Road to Formula 1 provides racing and education to Britain’s racing stars of tomorrow.
One young driver aged between eight and ten years old will start their career with a funded drive in the Formula Kart Stars Cadet class in 2015. The prize includes ownership of the £25,000* kart, tyres and fuel, series entry and the appropriate racing licence and there is less than a month left to enter.
Boys and girls who are aged at least eight by 3 April 2015 and no older than ten on 1 January 2015 can enter by sending a 200-word story about their desire to be an F1 star to [email protected] before 2 January 2015.
Responses will be reviewed by the official governing body of motorsport, the Motor Sports Association, with 20 finalists invited to test their skills in a timed session on Autosport International’s karting track on Saturday 10 January.
Five finalists will then be shortlist and following an interview with a panel including ex-F1 driver Mark Blundell, McLaren test driver Gary Paffett, karting legend Terry Fullerton, father of Lewis, Anthony Hamilton and current British Cadet Champion, 12-year-old Teddy Wilson, a winner will be crowned.
“I am very excited to be part of this dynamic competition. Every year, the Road to Formula 1 programme helps young drivers enter motorsport. Having been closely involved in Formula Kart Stars, I’m proud to see so many alumni go on to enjoy success around the world, and hopefully through this unique opportunity we’ll uncover another future champion,” said Mark Blundell, ex-F1 driver.
The Formula Kart Stars stand will be accompanied by the presence of leading karting suppliers and the Teesside Karting-operated track where show visitors can get their adrenaline fix behind the wheel of a kart.
“This competition is a special way to celebrate the significant role karting plays in motorsport. Even as the sport has evolved during Autosport International’s history, it remains the best place for young drivers to get their start and learn vital skills,” Ian France, Autosport International Show Director, said.
“Formula Kart Stars has been at the forefront of this for young drivers in the UK and the quality of its graduates, not just those who have reached the top, but those who are on their way in classes such as GP2 and GP3, is a testament to its success.”
Tickets to Autosport International are available from £32 for adults, with children’s tickets priced from £21 and children under five years admitted for free. For tickets, visit www.autosportinternational.com.
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