FKS CHAM­PION TO GET FULLY FUNDED DRIVE

Part­ner­ship agreed be­tween Fom-backed se­ries and MSA For­mula

Motor Sport News - - Karting - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish BWRDC awards, below Pho­tos: kart­pix.net

A new part­ner­ship has been cre­ated be­tween For­mula Kart Stars and MSA For­mula.

The cham­pion of the For­mula One Man­age­ment-sup­ported kart se­ries will ben­e­fit from a fully-funded drive with lead­ing squad Fortec Mo­tor­sports in the ju­nior sin­gle-seater se­ries, as part of a greater as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween the two cham­pi­onships.

With Fortec also com­pet­ing in the kart­ing se­ries, or­gan­is­ers be­lieve other sin­gle-seater out­fits could fol­low suit.

“This [part­ner­ship] is in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant,” said FKS chair­man Carolynn Hoy. “As is writ­ten in our logo, FKS is the road to For­mula 1 through rac­ing and education, and MSA For­mula is the next part of that jour­ney. We’re aim­ing to help all the kids in our cham­pi­onship make the jump to MSA For­mula.

“This part­ner­ship rep­re­sents a ma­jor part of a cred­i­ble path­way to For­mula 1. We can now make sure the driv­ers are be­ing seen by the right peo­ple and give them the best plat­form. I think it’s go­ing to be great and the in­ter­est has been quite ex­tra­or­di­nary. Fortec has an­nounced it will run a team in FKS. It has got a huge wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence and will bring that to the cham­pi­onship. I think that other teams will do the same as it gives them the chance to work with driv­ers from an early stage.”

Fortec boss Richard Dut­ton said: “The plan is ev­ery year the cham­pion will get a drive with Fortec. It’s a great op­por­tu­nity for driv­ers and I think it should work well.

“For us, hav­ing a team in the se­ries is a chance to have a work­ing re­la­tion­ship with driv­ers be­fore they reach MSA For­mula.”

Last year’s FKS cham­pion Ross Martin is the first to ben­e­fit from the part­ner­ship as he will race with Fortec Mo­tor­sports in MSA For­mula this year.

“The op­por­tu­nity this part­ner­ship has given me is fan­tas­tic,” he said. “There’s no other thing like this at any level in Bri­tish mo­tor­sport. There’s a real log­i­cal scope for pro­gres­sion now and it re­ally sets you up for the fu­ture.”

MSA For­mula pro­moter Sam Roach added that many young driv­ers will ben­e­fit from this part­ner­ship.

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