FKS CHAMPION TO GET FULLY FUNDED DRIVE
Partnership agreed between Fom-backed series and MSA Formula
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.