2 Seas Motorsport & ORM support driver development with new junior racing initiative
The path to top level GT competition for junior drivers has gained support from a venture by 2 Seas Motorsport with confirmation that the team will enter the BRSCC Junior Fiesta Championship in the UK. The initiative will see the Anglo-Bahraini GT3 team working alongside Oliver Rowland Motorsport (ORM) to help bridge the gap between karting competition and the world of sportscar racing with a single car entry for selected rounds of the 2022 season which gets underway at Brands Hatch, 8-10 April.
The junior racing initiative will see promising young kart racer Aaron Walker graduate to run in the 2 Seas Motorsport-entered BRSCC Fiesta Junior Championship race car. The selected races of the seven-date calendar will be an extension of the confirmed full-season return in the Intelligent Money British GT Championship, and the first time the team has competed outside of the GT3 class. New for the 2022 season, the team will race the next-generation Fiesta model developed by BTCC driver Josh Cook and his CookSport company.
2 Seas Motorsport will work with the ORM kart team, created by Mahindra Racing FIA Formula E driver Oliver Rowland, to help nurture young talent and provide a stepping-stone up into sportscar competition. Oliver and 2 Seas Motorsport team co-owner Nick Cristofaro previously competed against each other in karting, and this programme will see the two teams working closely to support youngsters starting out on the motorsport ladder and assisting them in gaining experience during the transition from karts to cars.
Nick Cristofaro, 2 Seas Motorsport team co-owner explained:
“I am really pleased to be able to offer this important additional rung on the ladder for young racers to move into the world of GT racing, working with ORM and the team at the BRSCC. Since starting 2 Seas Motorsport back in 2020, we have been keen to support promising and developing talent, and there has been interest from young drivers on how to gain track knowledge and obtain the necessary licence required for competing at the next level up from karting. We hope that this programme will help the next generation of drivers and make the transition from karting through to sportscar racing easier.
“Oli and I have been involved in motorsport for 20 years, working and racing together at different stages. Oli has been successful moving through the ranks up to the Formula E, but he continued support grassroots motorsport and give something back via his karting team. It is great to now be in a position to work together again, where 2 Seas Motorsport can offer young talent the option of a more GT-focused package career path.”
After winning numerous British and world championships in his early karting career Oliver was keen to pass on his knowledge and experience. As a result, ORM was formed and the passion to win and compete at the highest level has been transferred over. Commenting on the new venture, Oliver added:
“I am extremely proud to be able to help continue supporting youngsters who are looking for that next step in their motorsport career. I have been very fortunate to be able to progress through the ranks, and giving something back to those just starting out is very important, so this initiative together with Nick and the 2 Seas Motorsport team will hopefully mean we can continue to help and nurture some stars of the future and support them as they build a successful career.”