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.

Carlin confirm Sargeant and Roy for British F4

  • KFJ World Champion and Mini ROK World Cup victor Logan Sargeant joins British F4 with reigning champion squad.
  • German rookie Lucas Alecco Roy joins Carlin line-up for 2017 Ford EcoBoost-powered series.

2 FEBRUARY, 2017 – Logan Sargeant and Lucas Alecco Roy will race for Carlin in the 2017 F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. With official pre-season testing about to get underway at Oulton Park, two-time and reigning champions Carlin have confirmed two exciting prospects for the season as the team look to continue their form in the UK’s most competitive single-seater series.

Despite being just 16-years-old, Sergeant has already enjoyed an enviable career. Taking up karting at the age of eight, the young American has since won the prestigious SuperNational race in Las Vegas and the Mini ROK World Cup before going on to compete in the KFJ European Karting Championship in 2013. He continued his impressive karting career becoming KFJ World Champion in 2015; the first driver from the USA to do so since 1978.

Following his successful karting career, Sargeant has since made his car racing debut, currently racing in the inaugural UAE F4 Championship where he is gaining important mileage to aid his preparation to compete against the world’s brightest young talents in British F4. The 16-year-old currently sits second overall after three rounds, having taken an impressive nine podiums.

Sargeant said of the upcoming season, “It’s going to be a very exciting year and we are all going to be pushing to make it three titles in a row [for Carlin]; I will do everything possible behind the wheel to make that happen.

“Carlin has shown their dominance in the testing that I have done with them, and have been a very professional team to work with.

“We have a great environment around us with great people, now we just need to apply those things on the track and win another championship!”

Sargeant will be joined in the F4 British Championship by Lucas Alecco Roy who will be making his racing debut with Carlin for the 2017 season. 19-year-old Roy, a rookie to the sport, has previously competed to a high level in dressage. The German now switches from one type of horse power to another as he prepares to take on the F4 British Championship and his first ever race at Brands Hatch in April.

Roy said, “Obviously I’ve got a lot to learn this season so seat time is very valuable to me. I’ll be making the most of every moment I’m on track to make sure that I can get the experience and consistency I need throughout the season.

“I don’t know any of the tracks, so I have to make sure that I can get up to speed quickly, but I’m coming from one sport to another where the dedication required is the same; I’m a sportsman at heart and competing is what I love. I’m just going to be pushing hard to get to the limit and looking forward to the challenge.”

Added Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are thrilled to be able to confirm both Logan [Sargeant] and Lucas [Roy] for the season in what we hope to be another strong showing for Carlin.

“We have a mix of experience levels, but a young and exciting line-up. Lucas comes from a competitive sports background so the mentality and dedication is the same as we look for in our more experienced drivers.

“Logan meanwhile has been working with us over the past few months in anticipation of his European racing debut. We’re very much looking forward to seeing them both on track when the season gets underway in April.”

Sargeant and Roy join Carlin’s British F4 team alongside previously announced driver Patrik Pasma for the 2017 season. All three drivers will be on track at the first official pre-season test of the season tomorrow at Oulton Park.

The Ford EcoBoost-powered action can be followed via live timing and British F4 social media channels.

Pasma to contest 2017 F4 British Championship with Carlin

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11 JANUARY, 2017 – Finnish driver Patrik Pasma will race in the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford for reigning champions Carlin in 2017. Pasma has already tested with the team in 2016 and competed in multiple series during last year in preparation for the UK’s leading single-seater series – most notably in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Pasma is the first driver to be announced as part of Carlin’s 2017 British F4 line-up.

16-year-old Pasma enjoyed a busy season over the course of 2016 taking on a number of races in the BRSCC Formula Ford 1600 Championship. Pasma’s season saw him finish in a strong seventh position overall in the Post 89 National Class of the Formula Ford 1600 National Championship and third overall in the Triple Crown event which comprised of races at legendary circuits Silverstone, Brands Hatch and Donington Park.

Pasma has wasted no time in getting to grips with the British F4 car in pre-season testing and immediately impressed with his ability to learn the 1.6-litre Ford EcoBoost-powered racer so quickly. Carlin now look forward to the commencement of 2017 testing next month before the opening race of the season gets underway at Brands Hatch on 1/2 April.

Said Pasma: “I’m pleased to be racing this season for Carlin in British F4. It is obviously a good step for me to take and it is a competitive championship with great circuits and a strong field. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team. We have been testing together which has been going well so we now look to continue that momentum throughout pre-season testing and ahead of the first round at Brands Hatch.”

Added Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are pleased to welcome Patrik to Carlin for the upcoming season in the F4 British Championship. Patrik has already been testing with the team and has been working really well in both his approach to the season and also getting used to a new car. Patrik will no doubt make a great addition to Carlin and we look forward to the season getting underway with him on board in April.”

DRIVER NEWS: British F4 race winner DeFrancesco graduates to Euroformula Open with Carlin for 2017

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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.”

Max Fewtrell: FIA British Formula 4 Champion in profile

12 OCTOBER, 2016 – The 2016 instalment of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford saw no driver steal a march on a super-talented field. As unpredictability became the norm it was fitting that this year’s “Mr Consistent”, Max Fewtrell, was crowned FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

The Carlin ace was consistency personified whilst his competitors’ form fluctuated throughout the season. A remarkable total of 16 podium finishes, more than any other driver, the foundation of his title triumph.

Three of those podiums saw him stand on the top step. His first victory coming at only the second meeting of the year at Donington Park. His last undoubtedly the most special and important. Winning the season finale and with it the title having been chased home by the formidable and more experienced Sennan Fielding.

Explained Fewtrell: “It was the icing on the cake to win the final race and clinch the title. A huge weight off my shoulders with everything going down to the last race. I’m really pleased for the team and everyone who has helped me.

“In British F4 there are so many great, fast drivers all competing at the front. To be battling with Sennan who is such a brilliant and experienced driver until the very end was incredible. It all makes winning the title feel even more special, having done it against such close competition.

“As a driver you always want to take as many wins as possible and I think I had the pace to do that, but with the way things played out this season I stayed consistent and tried to get as many points and podiums as I could. My level of consistency was very good throughout the year and that definitely helped me seal the title.

“Becoming FIA British Formula 4 Champion is the biggest achievement of my career. It’s been such a great year. Coming into the season there were so many quick drivers and it’s been so close throughout 2016. I really didn’t know who was going to take the title.

Fewtrell’s metronomic consistency also played a pivotal role in Carlin winning the Teams’ Cup for a second consecutive season, with team boss Trevor Carlin full of praise for the 17-year-old. “I’m very happy we have been able to do the double and I’m so pleased for Max. To get pole and lead every lap in the final race under a lot of pressure was a champion’s drive. Max is a great driver. He is his own man and the sky is the limit. He is an amazing and worthy champion.”

Look beyond the remarkable podium and points scoring statistics and you find what has really made Fewtrell so brilliant: composed, calm and calculated on track and an utter professional off it. Meticulous in his preparation, fiercely determined and more than capable of rising to the task under immense pressure.

His success in 2016 came as no surprise to those in the know, following his performance in pre-season testing where he was frequently found towards the very top of the timesheets.

Said Gerard Quinn, Senior Manager, Ford Performance Europe: “Congratulations to Max. It’s a huge achievement when you consider that there were six contenders going into the final meeting who could have taken the title.

“As a company Ford has been involved at this level of motorsport for almost 50 years. To be able to give people like Max and all the other drivers on the grid the opportunity to go racing, but also aspire to a future career in motor racing is so important.

“We have had previous champions like Ayrton Senna and Jenson Button and hopefully in the future we will see a name like Max Fewtrell in Formula 1.”

Fewtrell’s season has in a many ways embodied what the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is all about; a series which nurtures and develops the talent of young drivers. A fact that championship manager David Lowe is all too aware of when giving his take on Fewtrell’s performance: “Max has shown that you don’t have to be up the front winning all the time. Strong placings can give you an advantage. Max has driven a steady year, gained the points and he’s capitalised on that in the end.

“This is a learning championship and Max’s season is a perfect example of how you should approach this series. He has moved forward and developed throughout the year on the back of a lot of hard work. To have put together the year he has and finish it off with a win is a shining example of how an FIA British Formula 4 Champion should perform.”

Commented Paul Fewtrell the father of the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion: “For Max to win it the way he did with Sennan who was pushing him all the way was incredible for the series and for Max. He has done so well and we are really proud of him.

“The whole F4 British Championship: the community; all the championship staff; how the championship is promoted; the way drivers are looked after; it’s all amazing. I have brought a lot of friends and sponsors to race weekends and they are so impressed by the level of professionalism.

“British F4 is a big stepping stone. It’s part of the journey. It’s been amazing for Max’s career and for him as a person. He has grown through this experience and we have as a family. I’m old and thought I had seen it all, but after this year I definitely haven’t!”

Just like his father, the magnitude of what he has achieved this season is certainly not lost on Fewtrell. The prize of a fully funded test with leading FIA F3 European Championship team Motopark courtesy of British F4 series partner and tyre supplier Hankook, 12 FIA Super Licence Points, as well as his newfound status as FIA British Formula 4 Champion are sure to propel him up the FIA single-seater pyramid.

“This is such a great championship to make the transition from karting to racing cars,” said Fewtrell. “Taking the title will increase my profile and will hopefully make more people take an interest in me. It opens doors which can usually be quite hard to open.

“I just want to enjoy this incredible feeling. There’s some hard work ahead for next year, but hopefully plenty more success too.”

DRIVER NEWS: Magnificent Max crowned 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion

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3 OCTOBER, 2016 – In sensational, nail-biting fashion, Max Fewtrell fired his way to become the 2016 FIA British Formula 4 Champion, with an electrifying lights-to-flag victory in the final race. The 16-year-old Carlin driver secured his first single-seater title, following an unbeatable maiden campaign.

With it all to fight for in the final round, fearless Fewtrell gave a supreme charge from pole position to clinch the title, just 0.8s clear of nearest rival Sennan Fielding. Wrapping up the constructor’s and driver’s title, for a superb second year in a row for the Carlin outfit.

Heading into the season finale, Fewtrell lay three points behind Fielding, following a difficult penultimate meeting at Silverstone. With the title on the line, Fewtrell harnessed every ounce of his talent and hunger, to give a champion performance throughout the final three races. Earning two podiums and a win, the formidable youngster proved his place as one of most promising young drivers in single-seaters.

Following the exclusion of Caroline’s provisional pole position times from qualifying, Fewtrell’s weekend got off to the perfect start, lining up in pole position for both race one & three. Struggling for grip off the line in race one, Fewtrell pushed hard to maintain the lead, losing out to teammate Pull as he cut across to take the position into Druids. Unflustered by the tricky conditions, the collected racer swept his way around the 2.4332-mile circuit, battling to keep the car on track and maintain his position. With more experienced racer Fielding hounding the back of his Ford Ecoboost charger in the dying minutes of the race, Fewtrell relented to the JHR driver’s late lunge on the final lap.

With his focus firmly on the long weekend ahead, Fewtrell reflected: “Sennan was two seconds quicker at the end and his experience definitely helps him in these kind of situations. I saw the rate he was coming at me and I felt there was no point in risking a shunt.”

Starting from 5th in race two, a four-way battle for second, gave a thrilling display of nose-to-tail racing. With Fewtrell firmly in the thick of it, he powered his fast-paced Carlin to challenge Florescu for the duration. Managing to hold off the chase of Martins & Fielding behind, the four separated by only less than a second. Fewtrell powered across the line, clinching third by a whisker.

On pole position for the title decider, Fewtrell launched from the start to a supremely executed lights-to-flag victory. Treated to tense 20 minute race, Fielding powered from sixth, but was unable to find a way passed Simmons in 2nd place. As the chequered flag dropped on the 2016 season, a jubilant Fewtrell punched the air as crossed the line to a superb race win and the championship title.

“I’m over the moon; I’m a bit shocked as it was so close and the fight went down to the wire, but to pull it off with a win is the icing on the cake, I couldn’t be happier.  Obviously it was a mega job by the team, who were always up there all year. It just feels fantastic.”

Speaking about the season, Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin added: “Once again we’ve seen how competitive the F4 British Championship is and the fight this year, with various drivers and teams has really proven what a great proving ground the series is for young drivers.  I’m incredibly proud of the guys for clinching  teams’ title once again, which has truly been down to the hard work of every individual team member and driver.  Max beat a number of very talented drivers and when it mattered, he drove like a champion and thoroughly deserved the title after a very consistent season.”

With 358 points across 30 races, Max Fewtrell was crowned champion of the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford. Adding an illustrious 12 FIA super licence points to his name, Max looks ahead to a prize FIA European F3 test with Motopark courtesy of F4 British Championship partner and tyre supplier Hankook.

British F4 racer James Pull to make step up to F3

22 AUGUST, 2016 – James Pull is to make the step up to F3 in it’s final round of the season at Donington Park with Carlin and will replace last season’s FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain Lando Norris who cannot attend the event. The 16-year-old’s move to the next stage up the single-seater ladder another shining example of how the F4 British Championship certified by FIA – powered by Ford is the ideal starting point in single-seaters; testament to British F4’s ability to prepare and propel drivers up the motorsport ladder.

In 2016 Pull has been one to watch with Carlin in the F4 British Championship and currently sits joint fourth overall in the standings with nine races still to come this season. His speed and consistency has been further underlined by an impressive tally of six podium finishes and two fastest laps over the course of what has been a competitive year in the F4 British Championship. He lies just 22 points adrift of top spot and is firmly in contention to become the FIA British Formula 4 Champion.

Said Pull ahead of his first taste of Formula 3 machinery: “It’s going to be a challenge but I’m ready for it. I have done some testing in an F3 car and my times have been good so I’m excited to be getting this opportunity. The race is at Donington which is my favourite track so that’s an added bonus for me. If I can get a couple of good results I’ll show my potential for next season.”

Said Carlin racing director Trevor Carlin: “We are delighted to welcome James [Pull] to the British Formula Three team in place of Lando [Norris] who cannot be with us. We’ve watched James develop and drive well over the course of the season in the British Formula 4 car and we’re pleased to give him the opportunity to race with us at Donington in the British Formula 3 car.”

Fraser Sheader, director of performance and management team ADD Motorsports added: “It’s a great opportunity for James to sample F3, as it’s certainly one of his options for next year. He’s had a brilliant season, finishing consistently on the podiums and he is in with a real shout of the title. We think he’s ready for the step-up and confident he will hit the ground running.”

Florescu continues with Carlin for 2016 Ford MSA Formula season

  • Florescu completes super-talented driver line-up for reigning champions Carlin.
  • 17 year-old aiming to take advantage of his wealth of experience in quest for title.

19 March, 2016 – Petru Florescu will remain with Carlin for his second season in Ford British F4. The Romanian was a regular top ten finisher in the Ford EcoBoost powered series in 2015 and has undertaken an extensive testing programme during the winter. Florescu is the final driver to be confirmed in Carlin’s four car squad alongside Max Fewtrell, James Pull and Devlin DeFrancesco.

Said Florescu: “I am very happy to be able to stay with Carlin for a second season. I learned a lot last year and I am eager to fight for the top spots in the series this year.”

Trevor Carlin added: “I’m pleased to have Petru with us for another season in Ford British F4. He is a great driver to work with and has developed extremely well within the team.

“Petru always works hard with the engineers and I have no doubt that this season he will be fighting at the front. We’ve seen the determination he has since he joined the Carlin Academy two years ago. We’re looking forward to starting the season with our strong four car line-up.”

Florescu will commence his Ford British F4 title assault at Brands Hatch on 2/3 April.

Champion team Carlin signs James Pull for 2016 MSA Formula squad

  • Carlin’s first signing of four is experienced MSA Formula racer
  • Team expects Pull to be a championship contender

3 DECEMBER, 2015 – Sixteen-year-old James Pull has been named by reigning MSA Formula champion team Carlin as the first driver for its four-car squad of Ford EcoBoost-powered machines for the coming season of competition in the UK’s leading junior single-seater series.

Singapore-born and Hertfordshire-based Pull has a season’s experience of MSA Formula under his belt already, thanks to podium-scoring appearances for the JTR team at the start of 2015 and late-season outings in a Fortec car. He finished his maiden full season of car racing in 10th place overall in the championship.

“I’m very excited about the season ahead,” says James. “I had some good results last year in my first season and I know we can build on that in 2016 to put together a real championship challenge. I’ve already completed some tests with the team over the last few weeks which have gone really well. We’ll be working hard between now and the first race in 2016 and already I can’t wait for the racing to get underway.”

Carlin team principal Trevor Carlin added: “We’re very pleased that James has joined the team. We could see last year that he had a good turn of speed and lots of potential. We expect to see James as a championship contender in 2016. He has been very quick and very professional in the small amount of testing we’ve done with him already.”

Carlin drivers Lando Norris and Colton Herta between them claimed a total of 12 MSA Formula race wins in 2015, with Norris taking the title FIA Formula 4 Champion of Great Britain and Herta finishing third overall in the championship.

MSA Formula – Certified by FIA, Powered by Ford EcoBoost is Britain’s official version of the FIA’s Formula 4 concept and was introduced this season as a supporting series to the British Touring Car Championship, enjoying live TV coverage and bumper raceday spectator attendance. The 2016 opening rounds are scheduled for Brands Hatch in April.