The new Cadet Honda and Senior Rotax classes in Formula Kart Stars will face new 'Challenges' over the course of the 2012 season.

The format for each Challenge is a ten minute qualifying session, two twelve minute heats and a 15 minute final on both days. Points will be awarded and the top three finishers will receive trophies.

Several prizes are on offer for both classes. Cadet Honda will have a prize supported by Red Bull-backed Alexander Albon, who was vice-champion to Nyck De Vries in the CIK KF1 World Championship last year. All the drivers will receive three tyre bags from Dunlop and be eligible to compete for a prize supported by BTCC driver Frank Wrathall and Bernie Ecclestone's Driver of the Day Award.

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For Senior Rotax, last month the class announced a shootout with MINI Challenge team Lohen for 12 drivers to compete for a scholarship to either race with the team in MINI Challenge or race in the Britcar 24 Hours in 2013. Other prizes are the new Daniel Lloyd Prize and the Bernie Ecclestone Driver of the Day Award.

More prizes will be announced in due course for the Challenge finale, which is scheduled to take place at Whilton Mill. It will be called the Golden Helmet and both classes will race on the same weekend as the FKS Championship.

To make the Challenges affordable, competitors can pay for all of them in advance for ?1300. Cadet Honda can also seal wet and slick tyres and use them for the next Challenge. Senior Rotax can use one set of slicks for both days and roll wets over for the next Challenge. Drivers can also enter for three Challenges at the cost of ?960. Those who compete in at least three Challenges get free entry for the Whilton Mill race.

Championship Director Carolynn Hoy said: "By offering free invites to Whilton Mill for all those drivers who enter at least three Challenge events I feel that we are taking some of the pressure off the new competitors, some of whom will be very young in Cadet Honda and some of whom will be studying for A Levels and College courses in Senior Rotax. Likewise for those who want to enter all five Challenge events, and lots of drivers have indicated that they intend to complete the full FKS season, I believe we have offered them an extremely competitive package that offers lots of track time, some excellent prizes, great value for money and all the other unique aspects that make up a normal Formula Kart Stars race weekend."

FKS Media Officer Henry Beaudette explained to about the inclusion of the new classes: "Over the last three to four years FKS has been asked by 40-50 drivers at least about running Senior Max as they want to stay in the championship when they graduate out of Juniors. Senior Max is certainly one of the most popular classes in the UK so it makes sense to offer it now, especially as KF3 isn't in the best of health.

"As for Cadet Honda, it is growing in popularity each year, especially when money is tight for a lot of people. It has always been a great class and I would say that it is the class with the most growth in the past three years of all the Direct Drive classes in the UK."

The full line-up of Challenge events is as follows:

April 6-8 Kimbolton May 18-20 Ellough Park June 8-10 Larkhall July 13-15 Glan Y Gors August 10-12 Nutts Corner September 7-9 Whilton Mill

by Simon Stiel