The Motor Sports Association has selected top British karters Ross Martin and Oliver York to be the UK’s representatives in the prestigious three-round 2014 CIK-FIA Karting Academy Trophy.
Each year, the CIK-FIA invites nominations from national governing bodies for drivers to contest the Academy Trophy, a world championship for 13 to 15-year-olds, staged over three events: Genk, Belgium (June 15); Wackersdorf, Germany (July 13); and Sarno, Italy (October 12). The MSA pays all entry and registration fees and the organisers provide identical equipment to all competitors, ensuring a level playing field for all drivers.
Martin said: “I feel very honoured and proud to have been nominated by the MSA and I really appreciate being given this opportunity. As a family we have worked hard over the last four years competing against, and sometimes finishing ahead of, drivers with bigger budgets, so to be recognised for this is amazing. I feel confident I can do the same in Europe and prove to the MSA they have made the right choice.”
York, aged 12 from Woking in Surrey, said: “I am really proud to have been nominated by the MSA to represent the UK. To find out that I had been put forward for the selection process was amazing, so to actually be chosen to race for my country is a real privilege. I am looking forward to the first round and will be training very hard in preparation.”