- Aspiring young racing drivers could win an entry to the very same karting series that gave triple Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton his break
- Send a 200-word story on why you want to be a Formula 1 driver to email@example.com by 4 January 2016
- Competition open to boys and girls aged between eight and 10 for the grassroots Cadet class
- Winner gets free entry and all race expenses paid for the season with Formula Kart Stars
- 20 finalists will take part in a timed run at the indoor karting track at Autosport International this January
The 2016 Autosport International could see the discovery of the next Lewis Hamilton, thanks to a competition run in conjunction with Formula Kart Stars.
One young driver could get their big break and win entry and tyres, fuel and the use of a kart for the renowned junior karting series, which is backed by Formula 1 Management.
The series counts the likes of triple Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton and other famous drivers such as current and former F1 drivers Will Stevens, Max Chilton and Paul Di Resta among its graduates.
The winner will get the chance to kick-start their motorsport career in the Formula Kart Stars Cadet class in the 2016 season with the kart, tyres and fuel all included in the prize. The competition is open to boys and girls aged between eight and 10 on the first race weekend of the season, on 8 April 2016.
Entrants are asked to send a 200-word story on why they want to be a Formula 1 driver to firstname.lastname@example.org by 4 January 2016.
From those entries, a shortlist of 20 will be invited to come to Autosport International on Saturday 16 January 2016. They will take part in a practical test on the purpose-built indoor track, with Teesside Karts choosing five finalists.
These five will then face an interview with a panel of recognisable experts from the motorsport industry. Last year’s panel featured the likes of Anthony Hamilton, former F1 driver Mark Blundell, while the 2015 British Cadet Champion Joseph Taylor will certainly be on the panel.
The winner of the 2015 prize was Olivier Algerie, who had a very successful season against the best drivers in the UK. He finished fifth overall in the championship, achieving a podium at the challenging Nutts Corner circuit in Northern Ireland.
Carolynn Hoy, Managing Director of Formula Kart Stars, said: “Olivier had a fantastic season, especially considering he had done hardly any racing at all before he started. By the end of the season he was mixing with the front-runners, and really made a huge improvement throughout the year. He is very talented and has got potential.”
Ian France, Autosport International Show Director said: “This competition is a brilliant way for a young racer to follow in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in motorsport. Karting is a great way to learn vital racing skills. Last year’s winner had a great season, and showed that you don’t need experience to be quick.”
“Formula Kart Stars has a great track record of producing young drivers in the UK, and the amount of those who have gone on to successful careers in motor racing, is a testament to its success.”
To make sure you don’t miss out on all of the cars and action at Autosport International, tickets can be purchased from www.autosportinternational.com/public