Motor Sport News - - Karting - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Lead­ing sin­gle-seater team Fortec Mo­tor­sports will ex­pand into kart­ing for this sea­son, field­ing a four-kart team in the For­mula Kart Stars Cham­pi­onship.

The team al­ready has strong kart­ing links through its driver academy and has also pro­moted sev­eral kart­ing stars to its MSA For­mula out­fit. Now Fortec will run its own kart­ing team for the first time.

“It’s a nat­u­ral thing to do,” said team owner Richard Dut­ton. “We’ve got an academy for young driv­ers up and run­ning and have got quite a few 13 and 14-year-olds in kart­ing.

“It makes sense for us to run them our­selves and cre­ate that link to sin­gle­seaters. We will also run the win­ner of the cham­pi­onship in MSA For­mula.

“We are now just putting to­gether the team to make sure we have the right peo­ple in place.”

Fortec will have FKS cham­pion Ross Martin as part of its MSA For­mula this year, along with fel­low karter Alex Quinn, who won Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion back­ing.

FKS man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Se­bas­tian King said: “Fortec Mo­tor­sports is with­out doubt one of the most suc­cess­ful sin­gle­seater teams with a world­wide pedi­gree. We are very ex­cited to wel­come them to the cham­pi­onship and, with it, the op­por­tu­ni­ties they present to all our driv­ers through their var­i­ous sin­gle-seater op­er­a­tions and driver de­vel­op­ment pro­grammes.”

The driv­ers for Fortec’s first sea­son in karts are ex­pected to be an­nounced in the next cou­ple of weeks.

Fortec’s Dut­ton Fortec will en­ter For­mula Kart Stars

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