RACING STEPS FOUNDATION TO SPONSOR NEW INTERSTEPS CHAMPIONSHIP
The Racing Steps Foundation is to provide sponsorship for InterSteps, the newly-created single-seater championship for junior racers.
The RSF's investment will be used to fund track test and educational days.
The one-make national championship - aimed at 15 to 19 years-old drivers - has been conceived to provide an affordable route from karts to cars.
It will use the BMW-powered Mygale FB02 wings-and-slicks single seater designed and built for the former Formula BMW Championships.
The series - part of the 2011 British Automobile Racing Club's 'Dunlop package' - will comprise six test days, 20 rounds and test and race weekend classes.
The educational sessions will cover topics such as safety, technical and sporting regulations, fitness, nutrition and race craft. Drivers will also receive mentoring from motorsports specialists and senior RSF-backed drivers.
The educational package will be provided as part and parcel of the RSF-funded Motor Sports Association (MSA) young driver support programme.
The championship has also been designed to complement drivers' day-to-day learning. Its calendar and race weekend programme dovetail with school and higher education timetables and exam schedules to ensure the academic development of competitors is not compromised.
"The series is a perfect fit for the RSF, the main aim of which is to give talented British drivers the best possible chance to climb the motorsports ladder - but not at the expense of their general education," said the Foundation's Derek Walters.
"It provides an ideal bridge from karts to cars and will give competitors a comprehensive grounding in the essentials of motorsport and what it takes to get to the top."
RSF-backed Jake Dennis (15), the reigning CIK-FIA U18 World Karting Champion, is one of the first drivers to sign up for the series which is to be launched today (Thursday) at the Autosport International show at the NEC.
An RSF-sponsored InterSteps driver initiation and media day will be held at Rockingham on March 9 and 10.