THE next Lewis Hamilton could be given a helping hand, thanks to a go-karting fan who is following in his millionaire brother’s footsteps.
Will Tew, 28, of Cricklade, has set up the British Schools’ Karting Championship and hopes all senior schools around the country will compete.
Will’s brother Alex, originally from Cricklade, founded the Million Dollar homepage in 2005 because he needed money to study for a degree, offering pixels of advertising for $1 each and soon exceeded his goal.
Despite 150 schools having signed up so far, Will’s scheme has not proved popular with any local schools.
“It’s making it as easy as possible for teenagers to take part in the sport,” said Will.
Will’s aim has been to promote the sport, but he hopes to extend this into a sponsorship deal.
“It’s taken quite a few years and a lot of money to get it going,” he said.
In his quest to bring go-karting to the young masses Will wrote to the headteacher of every school in the country and has left leaflets in many of the karting tracks across the country.
“It would be great to get the message out there to schools who might not have heard about the championship,” he said.
He hopes to encourage others to take up motorsport and take their skills to the top level.
Will’s love of karting began when he went to university at Imperial College, London where there was a karting club and set up a university karting championship.
He said: “When I was at school I wanted to race go karts because I watched Formula One and knew they all started in go-karting. But there was nothing available.”
The championships will be held at 27 locations around the country, including Swindon Karting Centre in Wroughton, and three teams from each will go on to seven regional finals with the top 21 racing in a national final in Milton Keynes.
The competition runs from January to March and the winning team will get a trip around the Williams Formula One Team museum.
Entrants should be between 13 and 18 and over 5ft 2ins. Teams must be made up of three people from the same school or college and costs £42.50 per driver, which pays for a compulsory practice and the semi-final race.
Taking part in the regional final and grand final will be free of charge. For information log on to www.bskc.co.uk.