Following Tony Fernandes's decision to purchase Caterham, the British sportscar manufacturer will be competing at the very top level of motor sport, Formula 1. Caterham has announced a new entry-level karting series, with the potential for the most talented drivers to climb up the racing ladder, all the way to a seat in F1.
Starting in 2013, the karting championship will use a Caterham-designed and built kart, and will benefit from the firm's 26-year history of affordable one-make championships. The company insist that the series will allow progression for those looking for a career in motor racing, from grass-roots karting right through the Caterham Seven and (starting from next season) the new SP/300.R championship to the very top GP2 and F1 seats.
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Caterham Motorsport Manager, Simon Lambert, said: 'We’ve built a strong reputation for providing terrific value for money in motor sport through great cars and a playing field so even you could put a spirit level on it.
'Caterham karting will appeal to those looking to make a career in motorsport but, more importantly, our aim is to target the mass-market of parents and youngsters who would like to race in a competitive and yet affordable karting series which, until now, might have been an unachievable dream.'
For more information, visit www.caterham.co.uk.