The hunt for new talents in go-karting is on with the newly launched Sepang International Circuit (SIC) X30 National Karting Series.

The SIC is looking for drivers of 8-12 years old who have no international karting experience to take part in the shootout on April 21-22 to be selected as sponsored drivers in the SIC X30 series. Registration was closed on April 9.

As part of the new initiatives to unearth new talents in motorsports, the top 10 from the shootout will be selected as drivers under the SIC X30 programme to race in the series’ Rookie Cup. The SIC X30 series will run for three rounds, starting with Round 1 on April 28-29 in conjunction with X30 Asia Series at SIC go-kart circuit, Round 2 on June 30-July 1 (SIC go-kart circuit) and the final round on July 28-29 at Shah Alam go-kart circuit in conjunction with X30 Asia.

SIC Chief Executive Officer Dato’ Razlan Razali said the idea to have a talent search from go-kart competition stems from the need to have talents from the very bottom of the pyramid of motorsport. “In line with SIC Talent Development Programme where we have talents in various levels of racing, we want to have a pool of talent at the bottom of the pyramid. It is important to grow them into mature drivers that will soon be slotted into the next level of racing.”

The SIC X30 talent search programme is done in collaboration with Axle Motorsport, run by former Formula 1 driver Alex Yoong. From the X30 series, drivers will have the opportunity to climb up the ladder to race in the F4 South East Asia (F4SEA), the F4 European series and later on the F3 series in Europe. Ultimately, the aim is to race in the prestigious World Endurance Championship (WEC) and Le Mans 24 Hours in France.

Alternatively, drivers can graduate into the TCR Asia Championship. From there, drivers will have the opportunity to race in the TCR Europe Series before ultimately competing in the FIA World Touring Car Cup.

“This initiative is important to us as we aim to build a sustainable motorsport ecosystem in Malaysia. We must unearth the vast talent that we have out there and we at SIC are building a path for them to succeed,” added Dato’ Razlan.