- Jamie Caroline will race in single seaters for the first time in 2016
- Secures seat with Jamun Racing
- Car to feature striking Pirtek inspired livery
10 February, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to join the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula Championship on the back of a hugely successful campaign last season in which he claimed the Ginetta Junior crown. He will race with Jamun, which competed under the moniker MBM in 2015.
Caroline explained the motives behind his switch to single-seaters and emphasised how the compliance of the Ford EcoBoost powered MSA Formula car was a major plus point: “A year in single-seaters is the best thing for an aspiring driver. I’m still young and it would not be a wasted year. Most professional drivers have done at least a year in single-seaters, Jason Plato has, Andy Priaulx has, and so on.
“It allows you to get to grips with slicks and is of benefit later in your career. Clios do not excite me as much and I think this is a good way to try to get my name out there.
“I tested with the team last year and got on really well with them and I loved the car. I have the momentum from winning the Ginetta Junior title. I really enjoyed the Ginettas but they were a bit unpredictable. The Mygale F4 chassis does what you want it to do.”
Said Jamun’s team manager, James Mundy: “We are delighted to have finally put this deal together. We have been determined to get Jamie in our car for the 2016 season ever since we first tested him. His raw speed and natural talent is something we haven’t seen for some time. It’s a great feeling to get that buzz back.”
Phil Glew of Edge Sporting Management, which represents the 17-year-old, is understandably excited about the prospect of Caroline getting the opportunity to compete in single seaters: “We have worked very hard to try to piece all this jigsaw together… We always knew Jamie was an exceptional talent ever since we first worked with him in 2014. He proved this in front of everyone at Thruxton with his first win.
“Then in 2015 when he dominated the Ginetta Championship we knew we had to test him in a single-seater. His pace blew us all away… It would be a crime not to let this young driver have a chance on the single-seater ladder. It’s taken some time to do the deal and there are still a few lose ends to tie up, but to have Jamun, Keltbray, Pirtek Racing and Jamie Caroline all working together is a fantastic achievement.”