BTCC squad Motorbase Performance has expanded its support of young British motorsport talent with the announcement of a new kart team for the 2013 season.

Following on from last year's test day with local teenagers Jake Hill and Tom Grainger, and its newly formed partnership with Dunlop that will see two young Formula Ford drivers and Renault Clio Cup champion rewarded with a test in its Ford Focus touring cars; the Kent-based squad will be supporting 13-year old kart racer Bethany Abbott as she competes at club level in the MSA MiniMax class.

London-based Abbott, who first started karting at the age of eight, makes the transition from four-stroke Honda power to compete in the more powerful two-stroke Rotax engine machines for 2013, and will be working alongside driver coach and engineer Matt Cooley with additional support from the Motorbase squad.

As a former Ford saloon racer himself, Motorbase team principal David Bartrum
knows all too well just how hard it can be to break into motorsport and strongly believes that teams have a duty to assist young talent looking to break through into the higher ranks of British motorsport. Nowhere has this been more evident than in the team's recent support of young drivers.

"As a front-running team in the BTCC and British GT, I strongly believe that we have a duty to assist young drivers looking to take the first steps in their motorsport career," Bartrum said, "I know first-hand how tough it can be for young drivers to get the funding and support needed to succeed in motorsport but we need the talent to keep coming through, so it's up to teams like Motorbase to help them make their mark.

"2013 is a big year for us in every aspect of what we're involved in and everyone at Motorbase is behind Bethany 100 per cent. Hopefully, with our support, she can achieve her goal and make that step up to next level of racing."