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Zip Kart launches Bambino Young Guns Team

April 15, 2010 at 1:05 PM

Martin Hines, the man who discovered Lewis Hamilton and many more top racing drivers through his Zip Kart Young Guns Team, has launched a new initiative to find a future Formula 1 World Champion – the Zip Kart Bambino Young Guns Team.

Martin – three time World, five time European and six time British Kart Champion – has signed his youngest protégés ever, as he begins to guide them to international sporting stardom. Running under the newly created Zip Kart Bambino Young Guns Team in 2010 will be two of Britain’s youngest hopefuls, 6-year old Leonardo Panayiotou and 7-year old Albert Carter.

Leonardo and Albert will compete in speed trails in a Zip Bambino Kart, getting expert driving tuition from Zip Kart’s resident professional race driver Luke Hines and learning the art of kart control and racing lines as they appear on circuits across the UK.

“Lewis Hamilton was eight years old when I saw him drive a kart for the first time, and I knew then what exceptional natural talent he had,” said Martin. “Racing drivers these days are getting younger and youngsters are more mature, and yesterday’s eight-year olds are today’s six and sevens.

“Leonardo and Albert have the raw talent, passion and support from their parents to reach the very top, and they are very eager to learn. It’s important not to put them under any pressure, but to guide their enthusiasm and love of motor racing in the right direction. This is what the Zip Kart Bambino Young Guns Team is all about.”

Albert added, “I will continue to practice in my Zip Cadet and do at least six Bambino events during 2010 and I want to get Gold awards at these,” says Albert. “In the long future I would like to be a good racing driver and a good pilot. I would like to say ‘thanks’ to Martin Hines, Ollie Walker, Gary Walker, all my sponsors and everyone who is helping.”

For more information, please contact Paul Evans on tel: +44 (0)77 10 74 31 67 / e-mail: