British karting talent Alex Quinn will take part in the 2016 MSA Formula season with the support of talent programme Racing Steps Foundation.
The 14-year-old, who was selected from 10 drivers in a shoot-out last month at Rockingham, will be racing for Fortec, the team which employed fellow RSF-backed karting graduate Josh Smith this year.
"Alex impressed the entire team of assessors with his all-round capabilities," commented RSF co-ordinator Derek Walters.
"His times on the simulator and in the MSA Formula car at Rockingham were competitive from the word go and not so far off the datum set by one of our more senior drivers."
"It will be a tough championship for Alex to cut his teeth on but we'll give him all the support he needs to hit the ground running."
Having been runner-up in the British Super One Minimax and Kartmasters Minimax series, and with a fifth place in the Rotax Euro Challenge, Quinn secured a factory CRG seat for this year's CIK-FIA European and World Championships.
He finished seventh overall in the former after taking second in his home event and ended up 32nd in the World Championship after a retirement in the final.
RSF's list of backed single-seater drivers in 2015 included Formula Renault 3.5 champion Oliver Rowland, two-times Indy Lights runner-up Jack Harvey, European F3 frontrunner Jake Dennis, Eurocup FR2.0 title contender Ben Barnicoat and MSA Formula race winner Josh Smith - and it stands to reason that most of them will retain the programme's support.
Barnicoat to race in BRDC F4 Autumn Trophy
Formula Renault 2.0 frontrunner Barnicoat will be among the drivers giving the new BRDC F4 car its first competitive outing at Snetterton this weekend.
The Briton will contest the round with category newcomers Fortec, who took him to the 2014 NEC title.
At Snetterton, Barnicoat will compete against the likes of Harrison Scott and Sennan Fielding, with the current number of announced entries standing at eight drivers.