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Karting Stars of the Future to get Racing Steps Foundation Support for 2011

The Racing Steps Foundation - the private fund that supports young up-and-coming British motor and motorcycle racing talent - has signed a deal to back karting guru Martin Hines' Zip Young Guns team in 2011.

The world-renowned squad - which has a long-established association with the Foundation - will run four promising KF3 drivers in a mix of UK, European and World Championships.

Among the drivers who will benefit from the RSF's wide-ranging support are 14 years-old reigning Formula Kart Stars KF3 Champion and MSA Super 1 Vice-Champion Ben Barnicoat (from Chesterfield, Derbyshire) and Ricky Collard, 14, (Eversley, Hampshire), son of British Touring Car stalwart, Rob Collard.

The other Young Guns benefiting from Foundation backing are 15 years-old Roy Johnson (Walsall, Staffordshire), the only British driver to win four cadet championships in a single season, and 14 years-old 2010 KF3 rookie Sam Webster (Weymouth, Dorset).

The full RSF Zip Young Guns race programme comprises the MSA Super 1 British Junior Championship and Kartmasters GP plus the CIK-FIA's European and U18s World Championships, Academy Trophy, and World and Monaco Cups.

The RSF - which devises and funds comprehensive driver and rider development and race programmes - has previously supported individual karters within the Zip Young Guns team.

Its most recent karting protégée is 2010 MSA Super 1 British Junior and CIK-FIA U18s World Champion, Jake Dennis, who makes the transition from karts to cars in the 2011 BARC-run InterSteps Championship this year.

“This is the biggest squad of karters we have supported so far,” said RSF founder Graham Sharp. “Karting is the bedrock of race driving talent, giving ambitious young drivers the chance to hone their skills on their way to fulfilling their ambitions to become professional racing drivers.

“Martin Hines has been a key member of the RSF team since its inception in 2007 and we are very pleased to be able to help support his entire Young Guns Team in 2011.”

Martin Hines, who helped launch the careers of past and present F1 drivers Lewis Hamilton, David Coulthard and Anthony Davidson, added: “We have a pedigree of helping develop some of the greatest race driving talents to have made their mark in all top formulae of international racing including Formula 1.

"To have the support of the Racing Steps Foundation for the entire team in 2011 is a major plus for us and I know each of the RSF Zip Young Guns will do everything they can to turn their proven race talent into podium results.”

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