With Formula Kart Stars kicking off it’s 2016 season at Buckmore Park tomorrow we wanted to bring you 5 things you need to know ahead of this years championship.
This year the Junior and Super FKS classes will be swapping from the Wright Karts to the Formula K chassis. In a late announcement FKS decided to change the chassis for the two Junior classes but have kept the Wright kart for the Cadet classes. On top of the FKS are now the official UK importer and distributor for the Formula K. The chassis is part of the IPK Karting Group, which is the third biggest chassis manufacturer in the World behind OTK and CRG.
Fortec Motorsport will be running a kart team for the first time ever in 2016 and will be in strong force at FKS with a total of 5 drivers entered. The team is headed up by Kieren Crawley their drivers are:
With four British and European titles between them last year I’m expecting Fortec to be big players this season!
Along with last years prizes that included a free drive in single seaters, free entry into 2017 championships, tests in Porsche Supercup and entries to the X30 World Finals and Ginetta Junior Scholarships, FKS have added even more prizes to the list this year. They include:
Factory drives at the 2016 CIK World Championships with Formula K for Junior and Super FKS champions
Trip to Las Vegas Supernationals (expenses paid) for top 3 Cadets and Super Cadets
Free test day in a Ginetta Junior for 2nd and 3rd in FKS Junior
Free race wear for top three in the Independent Trophy
Other prizes back for this year include free VIP tickets to the F1 British Grand Prix for the ‘Driver of the Day’ winners and a VIP trip to meet Lewis Hamilton for ‘True Grit’ award winners.
It’s clear when it comes to prizes FKS are not holding back this year!
Josh Smith is back!
Josh Smith has returned to karting this year after a year in MSA Formula in 2015. Josh didn’t have the best of years after a lack of preparation, he showed some great pace and results but it was not enough to satisfy the Racing Steps Foundation who subsequently dropped him from the programme. Josh was pretty left with nowhere to turn and the Super FKS prizes was what tempted back into karts.
“It wasn’t like I wanted to come back to karting I would have loved to have stayed in cars but budget doesn’t allow it so this is a great opportunity for me to get back into cars. I don’t think it’s a step down, I think it’s a step back to go 10 steps forward.”
Racing at the Olympic Park!
FKS announced it’s extended calendar this year with 16 rounds rather than 12 and the most noticeable addition was the championship finale which will take place at the Olympic Park is London.
As of yet no further information has been released on where exactly the circuit will be or what the layout will be but all we do know is it will be quite a spectacle where championships will certainly be decided and we’ll bid farewell to another year of FKS.
On top all that the grids are set to be larger this year and big names are set to feature! The championship will be televised on Sky Sports F1 once again with eight programmes set to air throughout the year.
To follow the FKS season visit their website – http://www.formulakartstars.com/