The Racing Steps Foundation is a private, not-for-profit fund that provides and finances competition and performance development programmes for young British racing drivers and motorcycle racers.
The backing is provided for those with the exceptional talent and determination needed to climb to the top of the international motorsports ladder but who have neither the funds nor the all-important management and mentoring needed to get there.
The Foundation, set up in 2007, aims to fast-track them to the point where they can turn professional.
In 2016 four drivers and two riders (see panel) will race in UK, European and International race series with backing from the RSF.
In parallel with its own driver / rider development programme, the Foundation will also continue to provide funds to help other young British drivers via a substantial support package for the Academy run by the Motor Sports Association, the FIA's approved governing body for motorsport in Britain.
The Academy is responsible for young driver support initiatives, performance master classes, an Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence, and Team UK - a national squad comprising some of the country's best up-and-coming drivers.
The man who founded and underpins the RSF programme is Graham Sharp, a successful businessman and benefactor.
Sharp is supported by the Foundation's ambassador, the multiple ex-world motorcycle and Formula 1 world champion John Surtees and Derek Walters, chief executive of WorldSport Management.
WSM manages the RSF's entire driver development and racing programme in addition to Graham Sharp's substantial commitment to the Elite Engineering Programme via his Helsington Foundation.
The private sector EEP aims to promote engineering as a rewarding career choice for talented young British people through a range of initiatives in schools and higher education.