2013 marks the start of a new lower-tier racing age in motorsport. Following a decline in competition numbers over recent years, and a number of high profile series drawing to a close, including the likes of the prestigious Formula Renault UK Championship (won by Kimi Raikkonen and Lewis Hamilton) and the F2 Championship, this newly structured racing tier may bring life back into the motorsport world.
Well renowned car manufacturer Caterham have targeted the grass roots of racing by introducing a low-cost yet high-value karting series aimed at drawing more youngsters into the sport. Formula Ford, which has long been the starting point for drivers making the jump to car racing, has a new car for the season hosting a raft of upgrades including front and rear wings. The evolution will bring the series back up to date and will accommodate the new talent breaking onto the car racing scene. A new Formula 4 series has also been unveiled and the championship looks set to take up the position of feeder series to the higher level championships (F3, WSR 3.5 and GP2).
In addition to the revised racing categories, a number of sponsorship initiatives have paved the way for fresh talent to progress up the motorsport ladder. Drinks company, KX energy, have announced a stable of 7 drivers it is supporting through various tin-top series under the watchful eye of Jason Plato (two-time BTCC Champion), whilst the Racing Steps Foundation continues to support several drivers from Karting all the way to GP2.
On the dawn of the 2013 season we can be sure of an action-packed year marking a sustainable motorsport resurgence from affordable lower tiers.