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Rochdale News | Sports News | The search for new track racing stars begins with the launch of the karting competition

Date published: April 01, 2022

With the launch of a new talent search competition, budding young racing stars are being given the opportunity to take their first steps into the world of motorsport.

Matty Street, owner of Rochdale-based TeamKarting and X-Kart, has teamed up with Team HARD. Racing to offer a new scholarship program to the most talented young kart rider.

Young people between the ages of 12 and 15 are invited to take part in the competition, which will see an eventual winner receive a fully funded season in the 2023 Junior Kart Championship, including tyres, fuel and driver assistance; a prize fund worth £25,000.

To participate, candidates must register, then show what they can do by achieving the fastest possible lap on the TeamKarting indoor circuit. The fastest 50% of participants will be invited to the second stage which will take place on an outdoor go-kart track in the fall.

The three entrants deemed the most promising overall will all receive amazing prizes, with the winner receiving the fully funded season.

X-Kart owner Matty Street said: “We are delighted to launch this talent search competition and look forward to meeting some of our nation’s newest racing talent.

“This award is incredible – having a full year of support and funding in one of the UK’s top karting championships will be the perfect way to help a new kart enter the racing world.

“Partnership with the HARD team. Racing makes this all the more amazing – the team have a great reputation in British motorsport and will be able to offer the highest quality advice, guidance and support through the proposed scholarship.

“I encourage anyone who is interested to get in touch, learn more and consider coming to show us what they can do at TeamKarting.”

The HARD team. Racing Business Development Manager Claire Murdoch said: “I am really excited to be able to launch this new exchange.

“We are relatively new to the world of karting so it’s great to be able to rely on Matty and his team to get up to speed.

“We love helping people get on the right track and living their dreams and passions, and this is just one more step to making motorsport more inclusive for everyone.”

The tough. The X-Kart scholarship is now open and is available to anyone between the ages of 12 and 15. For more information, please visit the HARD. X-Kart website.

Participants must pay an entry fee of £99, followed by a £50 fee for each Stage 1 session. Participants can register their lap times to TeamKarting any time before August 30.