Australian property development company Arise Developments have teamed up with British Cadet Champions Fusion Motorsport to offer a scholarship for young Australian kart drivers to compete with the team in the British Championships and Formula Kart Stars events in 2016, in a bid to un-earth the 'next' Daniel Ricciardo.
Based in Ricciardo's home City of Perth, Arise Developments specialises in the development of large commercial retail centres and industrial land development in Western Australia. Managing Director, Adam Lisle, who is a keen Motorsport enthusiast, himself competed in the regional Formula Ford Championship in 2014 under the banner of Arise Racing, the name that will be behind the Scholarship.
With the help of top WA kart team Flat Out Karts, Arise Racing will be monitoring the progress of Australian drivers between the age of 8 and 12 during 2015 and selecting one young hopeful to travel to the UK and receive a 3 day intensive training course and assessment by Fusion Motorsport. Following successful completion of the course, the driver will be given the opportunity to compete in the 2016 Championships with the team and will be supported by British Champion chassis manufacturer Synergy Racing Developments who will provide factory support.
Through their own commercial sponsors, Formula Kart Stars (www.formulakartstars.com) have agreed to offer the winner of the Scholarship a fully funded drive in the 2016 FKS Championship, which is backed by the Formula One Management group, giving the young driver the perfect platform to showcase their talents.
As part of the collaboration, Fusion will feature the Arise Racing logo on their karts, race suits and team clothing in 2015. Speaking about the link up, Fusion director, Dan Hazlewood commented, "Daniel Ricciardo's success in F1 has sparked a lot of interest in motorsport in Western Australia, which has filtered down to karting. It's widely recognised that the UK presents the toughest test and best training ground for a young driver, so it's great to work with such a prestigious company as Arise Developments to give one of them this opportunity."
More details on the Scholarship will be released later in the season.