Carlin completes its MSA Formula line-up

 

  • Romanian karter Petru Florescu named as squad’s third man for new championship
  • Joins Lando Norris and Colton Herta on driving strength

5 January, 2015 – Petru Florescu is today named as the Carlin team’s third driver for MSA Formula, Britain’s accredited FIA Formula 4 championship. Romanian Petru, 16, graduates from the Carlin Academy, the team’s junior programme, to join Briton Lando Norris and American Colton Herta in the Carlin squad for the championship’s inaugural season.

Forced to sit out the 2014 season after a karting crash in which he broke both his legs, Petru now feels ready to make his car-racing debut: “I am very happy to be able to race with Carlin in 2015. I feel at home in the team and the Carlin Academy helped me immensely. The comeback from my accident has been a difficult struggle, but I’ve worked hard and feel more prepared than ever. I am very much looking forward to the challenge.”

Florescu completed a bespoke programme with the team, making good use of its simulator and school cars as well as a physical rehabilitation programme with Carlin sports science partner Pro Performance. “The progress that Petru has shown since he first started testing with us in the Academy is quite staggering,” said Trevor Carlin. “From being unable to get himself in the car for a seat fit, he’s now applying the same brake pressure as his peers and demonstrating a competitive pace in testing. He has shown utter determination and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to help him through his period of recovery and back into a race seat again. I’ve no doubt that he will be a great asset to the team and will progress further as the 2015 season unfolds.”

Petru starting karting in 2009, and was the 2011 Rotax Mini Max Grand Festival winner. He raced with top Italian squad Tony Kart in the FIA World Junior Karting Championship in 2013.

Carlin is one of the largest teams outside Formula 1, with race-winning experience in a variety of championships including Formula 3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, A1GP, GP3 and GP2.

All 32 cars for the new championship have found buyers in the 12 teams which will contest MSA Formula – Powered by Ford EcoBoost, certified by FIA. Carlin’s rivals for the inaugural crown will be Arden Motorsport, Double R Racing, Falcon Motorsport, Fortec Motorsport, JHR Developments, JTR, MBM Motorsport, Richardson Racing, Scorpio Motorsport, SWB Motorsport and Team Pyro.

The opening rounds of the BTCC-supporting championship will take place in front of ITV4’s live cameras at Brands Hatch at the beginning of April.

Carlin signs Colton Herta for MSA Formula title bid

  • IndyCar race winner Bryan’s son set to be youngest on the grid for MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost
  • Bags second seat with Carlin alongside Lando Norris
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Colton Herta

19 December, 2014 – Colton Herta, talented son of IndyCar race winner Bryan, is today confirmed as the second driver on the Carlin team’s squad for MSA Formula, Britain’s accredited FIA Formula 4 championship. Californian Herta looks set to be the youngest driver on the 32-car grid for the exciting new Ford EcoBoost-powered series – he turns 15 just five days before April’s Brands Hatch opening rounds.

Despite his tender years, Colton has extensive competitive experience behind him, including many single-seater races in the USA. He started out aged seven, and claimed his maiden race win in his debut season. Since then he has gone on to collect several karting titles, including the IKF KPV2 Championship, SuperKarts USA TaG Cadet Championship, ProKart Challenge championship and International Kart Federation (IKF) Championship. In 2013 he placed second in the Skip Barber Summer Racing Series and, aged 13, won the Pacific F1600 Championship with 10 race victories. This season he contested USF2000.

“Colton is a real talent,” said Carlin boss Trevor Carlin, “and I think he will be a revelation to many people in Europe that maybe haven’t been aware of his racing before. We’ve seen his pace first hand in one of our test cars and from what we’ve seen Colton could be the next great American racing driver.”

Added Colton: “I’m really excited to be joining Carlin for the MSA Formula season. There is a ton of interest in the series and the competition will be incredibly tough, but I know Carlin will give me a great car and support to learn and develop my skills. So many great drivers have developed their careers with Carlin, this is exactly where I want to be. I can’t wait for the season to start.”

Herta joins 15-year-old Briton Lando Norris, the youngest-ever karting world champion, at Carlin; the identity of the team’s third driver is expected to be revealed soon. Carlin is one of the largest teams outside Formula 1, with race-winning experience in a variety of championships including Formula 3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, A1GP, GP3 and GP2.

Twelve teams will contest MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost in 2015, the 30-race championship offering live TV and a support-race slot alongside the British Touring Car Championship. Arden Motorsport, Double R Racing, Falcon Motorsport, Fortec Motorsport, JHR Developments, JTR, MBM Motorsport, Richardson Racing, Scorpio Motorsport, SWB Motorsport and Team Pyro will join Carlin on the grid, their drivers bidding to win a slice of the £30,000 cash prize fund and a Hankook-provided prize for the champion of a test drive with a leading FIA Formula 3 team.

Lando Norris joins Carlin for MSA Formula campaign

  • Youngest-ever world kart champion signs with Carlin squad for new Ford EcoBoost-powered championship
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Lando Norris

12 December, 2014 – Karting World Champion Lando Norris is today confirmed as the first driver to secure a seat with the crack Carlin team for next year’s MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost. The 15-year-old will be one of the youngest on the grid when Britain’s newest and most exciting junior single-seater championship blasts into action at Brands Hatch in April.

Said Lando: “I’m really excited to be driving with Carlin next year. They are a great team with a brilliant history and I can’t wait to get going. You have only to look at the list of names they have helped through the years – like Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo – to know you are in good hands with a chance to progress to the top.”

Norris, who first started competing in karts aged seven, enjoyed a brilliantly successful 2014 season, clinching the CIK FIA KF World Championship to make history as the youngest-ever karting World Championship winner. He also contested the Ginetta Junior Championship, taking four race wins and eight podiums on his way to third overall and the honours for top rookie.

“Lando is an amazing young talent and has huge potential,” says team boss Trevor Carlin. “We’re delighted to have him in the team and look forward to helping him reach his goals next season. It’s a testament to the MSA in making the championship eligible to 15-year-olds that we’re able to keep talent like Lando in the UK at the start of his single-seater career.”

Norris is the first of Carlin’s MSA Formula drivers to be revealed; the identities of his team-mates are due to be unveiled soon.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and will be the British Touring Car Championship’s single-seater support series, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. Twelve teams – Arden Motorsport, Carlin, Double R Racing, Falcon Motorsport, Fortec Motorsport, JHR Developments, JTR, MBM Motorsport, Richardson Racing, Scorpio Motorsport, SWB Motorsport and Team Pyro – have bought the 32 Ford EcoBoost-powered chassis available for the coming season.

The championship will be decided over 30 races; three at each of the 10 BTCC meetings to be held between April and October.

Carlin is one of the largest teams outside Formula 1, with race winning experience in a variety of championships including British F3, Porsche Supercup, World Series by Nissan, Formula Renault 3.5, A1GP, FIA Formula 3 European Championship, GP3 Series and GP2 Series. Some of today’s most successful drivers have passed through the team, including racers in F1, IndyCar, WTCC and DTM. F1 drivers such as Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo, Kevin Magnussen and Max Chilton amongst others, add up to a third of the current F1 field who are former Carlin alumni.