By Karting1 ~ September 16th, 2011. Filed under: Kart Racing News.
According to the French karting website Kartcom, GP2 & GP3 team ART GP are introducing a new kart and race team to the market. It marks one of the first real attempts by an established single-seater car team to venture into the kart market beyond merely sponsorship. Their chassis has apparently already been homologated and is named the TS-01. Details of the chassis design and manufacturer are yet unknown.
In recent years a trend has shown car teams becoming keener to integrate more into kart racing so they have more direct involvement in developing young drivers.
Nicolas Todt who co-owns ART said ”I am really proud to add another milestone in the development of the ART Grand Prix company. The Karting panorama has always been an ultimate breeding ground, where all the greatest drivers made their first steps. For our company, the decision to join such a valuable environment makes a lot of sense and has synergies with our existing activities. Having Armando Filini on board from day one is a great asset and should enable us to accelerate our learning curve. We are facing this challenge with a lot of humility, enthusiasm and determination. As a drivers’ manager, being involved in kart racing will give the chance to get in touch with the most promising drivers early in their career, with the aim to properly prepare them for their future steps.”
Armando Filini is the team manager and is formally known from his work with Maranello Kart ”I am thrilled to join such a successful company like ART Grand Prix. We will be facing this challenge with the same dedication and professionalism that ART Grand Prix has showed in all the categories it entered. In my karting career, my goal has always been to help young drivers to prepare themselves for their next step in open-wheel racing. I strongly think that this brand-new project will definitely provide them with a significant support. We are working hard to reach strong results.”
It remains to be seen whether cementing karting as a purely first step on the ‘racing ladder’ is healthy for the sport overall.
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