|Ricky with his Dad Rob Collard|
15 year old Eversley karting star Ricky Collard (son of British Touring Car Championship driving ace Rob Collard) will be racing in the KF2 class in 2012, driving for the Racing Steps Foundation-backed Zip Young Guns karting team, who have now joined forces with renowned the French single-seater squad ART Grand Prix for the upcoming season.
Looking forward to the season Collard said “The reason why I am racing KF2 karts this year is because I have been given a fantastic opportunity to drive this year in the Zip Young Guns Lotus ART kart team funded by Racing Steps Foundation.”
Collard will be driving one of ART’s own-design ART TS-01 kart for the year, as it gets set to make its international kart racing debut in the KF, KZ and mini-kart categories. He will be racing with the ART chassis in UK, European and CIK-FIA events. He will compete with the ART Grand Prix factory team in the CIK-FIA U18s World Championship and the RSF Zip Young Guns in the MSA KF2 Championship in the UK, as well as the WSK Euro Series.
With a lot of interest in Collard from both karting and junior sports car categories he also was invited to test a Ginetta Junior sports car at the Bedford Aerodrome testing venue and managed to set the fastest time, by over a second, against other 14 & 15 year old drivers. On the back of that he then drove the car for Wired Motorsport in the Live Action Arena at the Autosport International show in January, which he enjoyed and was grateful for the opportunity.
|Ricky in action|
“This year I would like to be in the top three in any of the championships I am competing in and I feel this is possible because of the fact that Racing Steps Foundation has merged together two great teams, Zip Young Guns and Lotus ART and I think that the outcome this year will surprise a lot of people. Also to prepare my self for the step up Racing Steps Foundation organised a training camp at Bath University to make sure that I am 100% ready physically for the challenge.
Ricky Collard’s younger 11-year-old brother Jordan will also be karting in 2012 and will be competing in the MSA British Cadet championship.
RSF founder Graham Sharp said: “ART Grand Prix is one of the most successful teams in single-seater racing outside Formula 1 and the Zip Young Guns have an equally impressive record in international karting. By dint of this arrangement our drivers will now benefit from the technical and competitive strengths that each brings to the partnership.”