Reigning British F4 champion Jamie Caroline set to race in America

5 MARCH, 2018 – 2017 British F4 Champion Jamie Caroline has today confirmed that he is moving across the pond to contest the 2018 USF2000 Championship with BN Racing.

Crowned FIA British Formula 4 champion with the most race victories and highest points tally recorded in the history of the series, surpassing that of 2015 champion Lando Norris, Jamie finds himself looking to America to further his career.

Budget constraints leave Jamie unable to take the next step on the traditional British motorsport ladder. Determined not to give up on his career he has made the bold decision to take on America, setting his sights on the Mazda Road to Indy scholarship programme.

Jamie’s first outing in the USF2000 car is this weekend (9-11 March) at the season opener on the streets of St. Petersburg and without any pre-season testing under his belt, Jamie knows he has a steep learning curve ahead.

“I’ve always had my eye on racing in America. There seem to be more opportunities for young drivers, the competition is good, plus the whole Mazda Road to Indy scholarship is pretty exciting.” Jamie explained.

“When I heard from BN Racing I was immediately interested. The team looked strong in pre-season testing and with a British team owner I’m sure I will feel right at home. It’s not going to be easy racing on tracks I don’t know without any testing, but I’m definitely up to the challenge and I’m not going out there to make up the numbers.

“I am of course sad to be leaving the British motorsport scene and some of my UK-based sponsors behind, but the opportunities just aren’t available for me to race with a top team in the UK. This is the best career move for me and I hope to find some new sponsors to work with in the US.

“To compete in a Verizon IndyCar support series is awesome. I just want to race, it’s what I’m good at and I’m not ready to give up.”

“Jamie’s resume speaks for itself,” expressed BN Racing’s Bryn Nuttall. “He has had success with multiple teams in many different series’, ultimately topping the end of the year points battles in many of them. A quick study off the track and even faster on it, Jamie will be the final piece in a powerful BN Racing line-up for 2018.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing extend advantage with eighth win

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23 MAY, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline emerged from a dramatic fourth meeting of the 2017 F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford having extended his points lead with an eighth victory of the campaign.

The teenager made the trip to Oulton Park on the back of a stunning hat-trick of wins last time out at Thruxton, and was aiming to further cement his position at the head of the pack as the series heads towards the half way stage.

A tight battle with Carlin team-mate Logan Sargeant in qualifying ended with Jamie taking pole position by just 0.083secs, but he would then control proceedings when the lights went out in race one to secure another comfortable victory.

Breaking away on the run to Old Hall for the first time in challenging track conditions caused by heavy rain showers, Caroline was never troubled and took the chequered flag nearly four seconds clear of his closest rival.

Sixth on the grid for race two as a result thanks to the reverse grid draw, Caroline would be delayed by contact on the run to Cascades on the opening lap and then also ran wide at the high-speed Druids corner as he attempted to fight his way up the order.

Having climbed to fourth place, Caroline rapidly closed on team-mate Patrik Pasma ahead but contact between the two as Caroline made a move for position at Old Hall saw him go off into the barriers in spectacular fashion.

Despite the heavy nature of the accident, Caroline walked away unscathed after being checked over in the medical centre and leaves Oulton Park with a 90.5 point lead in the championship standings.

“Race one was really good and pretty straightforward,” he said. “I wanted to make a break at the start and it all went to plan as I could build a lead and then controlled things from the front; it was just a case of keeping the car on the track and not doing anything silly.

“In the second race, it all got a bit messy in the early stages but the car was stupidly quick and I was closing on the guys ahead at more than a second a lap. When I caught Patrik, I made a move on the inside into turn one and there was contact that launched my car and I ended up in the barriers.

“It’s not how I wanted the weekend to end, but I want to thank the marshals and the medical terms for their work, and also Mygale for producing such a strong car.

“Despite the retirement, I’ve extended my points lead and it’s also good to have matched [former champion] Lando Norris in terms of a wins in a season.”

Delays to the schedule during Saturday at Oulton Park meant that only two of the three British F4 races were run, with Round 12 of the season having been provisionally rescheduled to the Knockhill meeting later in the year.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing seek to maintain advantage at Donington Park

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12 APRIL, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will seek to maintain his early advantage in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost standings when the series heads for Donington Park this weekend for the second meeting of the year.

Caroline heads for the East Midlands circuit as the man to beat in the highly competitive single-seater series on the back of a fine start to his campaign at Brands Hatch earlier this month.

Two victories from three races, after qualifying on pole position, mean Caroline lies 19 points clear of his closest rival as he prepares to return to the scene of one of his most memorable on-track outings last year.

Then, in challenging wet conditions, Caroline produced an astonishing opening lap in the first race of the weekend to come from 15th on the grid to sixth; a drive that was reminiscent of Ayrton Senna’s 1993 European GP performance.

Having shown his pace in the wet at Donington Park last season, Caroline has already shown himself to be just as quick in the dry having topped official testing at the circuit back in March.

It means that, with confidence on a high following his Brands Hatch results, the 18-year-old Surrey racer goes into the weekend hoping to create more headlines on his second meeting with the Carlin team that has taken the British F4 title for the past two seasons.

“Brands Hatch was a great way to start my season, and it means I head to Donington Park feeling confident and relaxed about my chances,” he said. “We had a good test there last month and with the pace we showed in the opening weekend, I’m confident that we’ll be right in the mix.

“Obviously Donington is a circuit that produced a memorable weekend for me last year but I’d be quite happy if things were a bit less dramatic this time around.

“If we can do what we did at Brands and qualify towards the front of the grid then we’ll be in a great position for race day, and there is no doubt that more race wins are the aim to maintain our championship lead.”

After qualifying on Saturday 15 April at 10.30, the first of three British F4 races will be at 14.40 later that day, with race two  following at 17.35. Race three then takes place on Sunday at 12.20

That third race will be broadcast on ITV4, with live timing and results from the weekend being available at www.tsl-timing.com

Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing eye British F4 title with Carlin deal

15 MARCH, 2017 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline will return to the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford for the 2017 season after agreeing terms on a deal to join reigning champions Carlin.

Caroline emerged as one of the stars of the 2016 campaign at the wheel of his distinctively liveried Pirtek Racing-backed car, with a series of eye catching performances on track that made light of his relative lack of single-seater experience.

The 18-year-old grabbed headlines throughout his first season in open wheel competition, which culminated in a break-through victory on Finals Day at Brands Hatch.

In total, Caroline secured five podium finishes en-route to tenth in the championship standings, with stunning drives in the wet at both Donington Park and Rockingham attracting interest from around the world having gone viral online.

On the back of his 2016 campaign – and an outing in the BRDC British F3 Winter Series – Caroline took time to evaluate his options for the new season before electing to return to British F4 with his sights firmly set on securing the championship crown.

With continued backing from Pirtek UK, Caroline will now join the Carlin team that has secured the title for the past two seasons with Lando Norris and Max Fewtrell.

Caroline has shown front-running pace during a number of test sessions with his new team in recent weeks as discussions about a potential drive continued, with a deal having been agreed that sees him complete Carlin’s four-strong line-up for the year ahead.

“I’m really pleased to have agreed a deal to join Carlin for this season,” he said. “The aim is to help them challenge for the title for a third year in a row. I wanted to return to British F4 this season to fight for the championship, and I’m sure that joining Carlin gives me an ideal platform from which to do so.

“Testing has gone well and it hasn’t taken long for me to get back up to speed in the car, so I’m confident that when we go to Brands Hatch to start the season, the Carlin-run Pirtek Racing car will be right on the pace, as it was during our recent test there.

“It’s going to be very close on track again this season and from testing so far there’s probably half a dozen drivers who can fight for the championship. But I’m ready for the season ahead and can’t wait to get started.”

Added Carlin team boss Trevor Carlin: “We are thrilled to have Jamie on board – he is a strong talent who we have been watching and enjoyed competing against last year.

“In pre-season testing he has been fully committing himself and working extremely well with the team. It’s going to be very exciting to see what he can achieve this season as we fully expect that he’ll be a title challenger.”

The 2017 season will be Caroline’s third running in Pirtek Racing colours, with Pirtek UK marketing manager Tammie Argent-Peters pleased to confirm the continued support for the talented teenager.

“There’s no doubt that Jamie is a spectacular driver on track who has a lot of support, and he has provided us with some brilliant coverage in the last few years,” she said.

“His new deal with Carlin gives him a fantastic chance to build on his results from last year and to fight for the title; something he has certainly shown he is capable of with his pace in pre-season testing.”

Commented EDGE Sporting Management who have played a pivotal role in guiding Caroline during his career: “We are really pleased that Jamie has secured a seat with the reigning champions. We hope that by working with Carlin he will have a great shot at being crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

“We started putting this deal together at the Silverstone meeting last year, so we’re over the moon the deal is finally done. Jamie has to be one of the favourites for the title.”

Caroline’s F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford campaign will kick off at Brands Hatch on the first weekend in April.

DRIVER NEWS: Jamie Caroline and Pirtek Racing take to the top step at Brands Hatch

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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – Pirtek Racing’s rising star Jamie Caroline brought the curtain down on his first year of single-seater competition in fine style with a stunning victory during the final rounds of the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford at Brands Hatch.

The talented teenager went into the season finale keen to try and return to the podium positions having fallen agonisingly short at both Rockingham and Silverstone, and the weekend looked set to start in the ideal fashion when he posted the quickest time in qualifying.

Unfortunately, a post-session penalty for a technical infringement meant Caroline was demoted to the back of the grid for races one and three, whilst he was also given a ten second penalty to serve before starting the opening 20 minute encounter of the weekend.

Despite that, Caroline made the most of an early Safety Car period to battle his way through the field in a damp opening race; taking the flag in seventh spot and lapping more than two seconds quicker than anyone else on track.

That put him at the front of the grid for race two thanks to the reverse grid draw, and Caroline produced one of his most measured drives of the year as he drove away from the pack behind to take a commanding victory by nearly five seconds.

Ninth place from the back in race three helped Caroline to cement his top ten championship position, with the 31 points scored being his best weekend score of the year.

“It’s great that I’ve been able to finish the season with a victory, and it was the perfect way to come back from what happened in qualifying,” he said. “The issue with the car didn’t affect the performance, which I think was shown in how strong we were in the races, and without that penalty, we could have got even more from the weekend.

“In the first race, I was able to make the most of the conditions to make it into the top seven and in race two, the car was just unreal. There was no way I was going to lose that race and I just drove away from the guys behind. The change in circuit conditions caught us out a bit with the tyres in race three, but we picked up some good points and it was nice to end the year having been back on the podium as we were unlucky to miss out on quite a few occasions.

“Overall it’s been a season of ups and downs after a promising start, but I think I’ve shown that I have the speed and I’d love to come back and challenge for the title next year.”

Jamie Caroline and Fortec Motorsports join forces to take F4 British Championship challenge up a gear

  • Fan favourite Jamie Caroline switches from Jamun Racing to Fortec Motorsports in a move that could prove pivotal in the Ford EcoBoost-powered championship.

8 JUNE, 2016 – Jamie Caroline is to race the remainder of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford season for Fortec Motorsports. The news comes after a hugely promising start to the 2016 campaign with Jamun for last year’s Ginetta Junior Champion. His electrifying starts, audacious overtaking manoeuvres and numerous battles through the field have captured the imagination of many, seeing Caroline become a real hit with fans.

His father Lee Caroline, who is no stranger to motorsport success as 2003 TVR Tuscan Challenge Champion gives a fascinating insight into his son’s season so far: “In December it didn’t even look like Jamie would be racing because the budget wasn’t there. Then Jamun got Keltbray sponsorship for the team and we also had Pirtek come on board.

“Without Jamun and Keltbray at the start of the season we wouldn’t have even been on the grid so I just want to express how grateful we are to them.

“Because we have had a good showing in the first part of the year and unfortunately Ross Martin has lost his seat at Fortec due to budgetary reasons; it has put us in a positon where Fortec would really like us to help them take the fight to Carlin.

“Jamie has got quite a few fans now. It’s funny really because you see people walking around with flags and things with Jamie on it. A lot of that is thanks to the Pirtek relationship and how great the car looks in their colours.

“People within motorsport know we are on a limited budget and therefore we haven’t been able to do much testing, but you look back at the races at Donington and Thruxton this season and Jamie has made them exciting. I’m proud he’s doing so well in the F4 British Championship.”

Caroline currently lies eighth in the standings with 95 points and 4 podiums to his name. The Warlingham racer is still very much in contention for the title with 18 rounds remaining. He will no doubt be hoping that the switch to powerhouse team Fortec Motorsports, who have already helped super-talented rookie Alex Quinn to his maiden British F4 victory, can make his title ambitions a reality.

Added EDGE Sporting Management who have played a pivotal role in guiding Caroline through his motorsport success: “There’s an element of sadness with Jamun not carrying on this season. They’ve been very successful in this world of Ford powered single-seat motorsport for a very long time. It was nice to end on a high with James [Mundy] and his Jamun team with two podiums at Oulton Park.

“Going forward it’s going to be exciting to see what Jamie can do with a big team like Fortec who have done a particularly good job with Quinn this year. It will be interesting to see what Jamie can bring to the table and what Fortec can give to Jamie. It should hopefully be a good partnership. They have been testing this week at Anglesey and I’m hoping that will help to accelerate the development of the relationship.”

The move represents something of a coup for Richard Dutton’s Fortec Motorsport’s team. Caroline’s performances have caught the eye of many in the motorsport fraternity. He will be a welcome addition to a team which boasts an enviable wealth of rookie talent in the form of Nicolai Kjaergaard and Frank Bird who race alongside Quinn.

Commented Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell: “We’re really happy to have Jamie with us. It was a shame things couldn’t come together for Ross Martin, but luckily Jamie was available.

“Jamie has shown great pace and we hope to be able to put him on the top step of the podium pretty soon. He knows Frank Bird from Ginettas last year. They get on really well. I think he will work brilliantly with Alex too. They will help push each other.

“Carlin seem pretty strong. They are 1-2-3 in the championship at the moment and it would be good for us to get to the front. Jamie can helps us do that. I think we can start off on the right foot at Croft on 18/19 June and be strong from the outset.”