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21 NOVEMBER, 2016 – Following an impressive debut year in the world’s leading FIA Formula 4 single-seater series, Devlin DeFrancesco will graduate to the highly-competitive Euroformula Open in 2017 with top British racing team Carlin.
The 16-year-old Canadian drove for the Surrey-based squad in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered Ford this year; helping them win the Teams’ Cup and narrowly missing out on the drivers’ title despite three wins and 10 podiums.
The step up to Euroformula Open continues DeFrancesco’s progression and he is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m really looking forward to getting going and am very happy to continue my partnership with Carlin, who have offered me a huge amount of support,” DeFrancesco said. “It will be a challenge, but I’ve been working very hard so that I’m in the best possible position when the season gets underway.”
Carlin demonstrated the qualities that have made them one of Britain’s most successful racing teams by becoming double British F4 teams’ champion and winning on four occasions in their maiden Euroformula Open campaign in 2016. DeFrancesco has no doubts that they can carry that form into next year.
“It was a very promising campaign for the boys in blue and the way they adapted so quickly to Euroformula Open demonstrates the amazingly high level this team performs at,” DeFrancesco continued. “They had an awesome second half of the year, winning four of the last eight races, and I’m sure that we’ll be at the front fighting for victories at every round in 2017.”
DeFrancesco met with Team Principal Trevor Carlin on Monday, and he is delighted to continue their winning partnership for next season.
“Devlin has been part of the team in one way or another for the past two seasons so we’re extremely happy to have him on board as the first driver announced in our Euroformula Open line up,” Trevor Carlin said. “Devlin is a fantastic asset to have in any team and will no doubt show himself well from the very start of the 2017 season as he gets to grips with a new car and a new challenge. He’s been working incredibly hard this past season in British F4 and I can’t wait to see what he is capable of in the Euroformula Open car.”