About the Racing Steps Foundation

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 2017 two drivers and two riders (see panel) will race in 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 established and underpins the RSF programme is founder 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 / rider development and racing programme in addition to Graham Sharp's substantial commitment - via his Helsington Foundation - to the Engineering UK-run Tomorrow's Engineers EEP Robotics Challenge.

The school curriculum-linked programme aims to engage students between the ages of 11 and 14 years in team-based, real-world engineering, technology and computing challenges.

2017 RSF line up