Another season draws to a close

The end of another season is upon us here at Carlin. All five championships we compete in have finished and now testing has become the order of the day. This week our Formula Renault 3.5 team have remained in Barcelona for two days of official testing with Carlos Sainz Jnr and Jazeman Jaafar. While further south in Spain the first official post-season GP3 Series test will get underway in Jerez with Jack Harvey, Josh Webster and Eric Lichtenstein.

 

Over the course of the next few weeks the Carlin cars will be out, mainly in Spain, as they prepare for the coming year. Both the World Series and GP3 team have started their tests in Spain and the GP2 team will be departing shortly for Barcelona. Elsewhere the British Formula Three team will sure enough be making Pembrey their second home after the upcoming Macau GP marks the final race of Carlin’s year.

 

So as you can imagine back at the factory it’s full steam ahead for all our teams as they get their cars prepped for winter testing. For the Formula Three team, who still have one race two go, this time is spent getting all six of our cars ready – the biggest Carlin has ever taken to the event.

 

2012 British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey will be joined by the man who took the title in the previous year; Felipe Nasr. They will be joined by Red Bull juniors Antonio Felix da Costa and Carlos Sainz Jnr while GP3 race winners William Buller and Daniel Abt complete the line-up.

 

And so as the factory gets busier and busier, before becoming a ghost town, it’s time for us to leave and get ready for the huge amount of testing that awaits us. As always you can keep up to date with what’s happening back at base, and wherever we are in the world, by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter.

 

 

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British F3 Champions!

The Champion and Vice Champion congratulate each other

What a nail biting weekend! Two Carlin drivers and a Fortec challenger who could all have realistically taken the championship at Donington. Going into the weekend Jazeman Jaafar had the upper hand and was leading the way however Jack Harvey had just won his Silverstone appeal and gained 14 valuable points back. Meanwhile Fortec’s Felix Serralles was lying in second position as the final three races of the 2012 season loomed.

On Saturday morning Jack dominated qualifying – taking pole position for both the first and third races of the weekend putting him in prime position for the title. Jazeman was also as speedy as ever and ready to challenge for the title, out qualifying Serralles.

It got pretty dark as the team celebrated the win!

Race one saw Jack take top honours from his pole position start; leading from start to finish the Carlin man took the advantage as Saturday came to a close. On Sunday it was Harry Tincknell who secured his fourth win of the season in the reverse race of the weekend while Pietro Fantin was looking particularly feisty and making some of the bravest overtaking manoeuvres in the entire field!

However everything was still to play for going into the final race of the season but delays

A happy team

celebratingfrom earlier in the day meant that the race began as the light was beginning to fade. Leading from pole Harvey maintained his advantage looking after his tyres and keeping calm under the pressure. As darkness began to fall over Donington Park he crossed the finish line to clinch an emphatic win and a brilliant championship – our eighth British F3 title.

The entire team at Carlin would like to congratulate Jack on a great year on becoming the 2012 British Formula Three Champion. We’d also like to mention our deserving Vice Champion Jazeman who has also driven impeccably this year, while also not forgetting Tincknell, Fantin and Sainz who have all taken away some great results this season.

As the boys would say… ‘Bossed it!’

This leaves just one more round of the FIA European Formula Three Championship and the Formula Renault 3.5 Series to run before the 2012 season comes to a close – of course not forgetting the infamous Macau!  Stay tuned to hear more about our Macau line-up soon…..

With GP2 and GP3 also finished for the year we’d like to say a huge congratulations the entire Carlin team on another strong season (very nearly complete) which has seen every team take a win. Well done!

 

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There’s a title to be won

This coming weekend is going to be just a little busy for us here at Carlin, we’ve got three teams out racing and a championship up for grabs.

For our British Formula Three squad this weekend marks the final round of what has been another great season for the team. Jazeman Jaafar and Jack Harvey are both in the championship hunt while opposition comes in the form of Felix Serralles. And with just three races remaining it’s all to play for.

Jazeman currently leads the championship after a particularly strong weekend at Silverstone however the young Malaysian has a fired up Jack chasing him down for every point after a penalty-ridden weekend for him saw him fall down the order to third overall.

So with the championship finale fast approaching and two Carlin men up for the title, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for ‘delayed live’ coverage of all three races on Motors TV.

But this weekend we’ve also got our European F3 team out in Valencia and our Formula Renault 3.5 team out in Paul Ricard – that’s a total of eight races for our busy team to keep a track of!

Elsewhere within Carlin it was the final round of the GP2 Series in Singapore where Max Chilton had just been announced the reserve driver for the Marussia F1 Team. To add to his brilliant weekend he then qualified on the front row of the grid ahead of the Feature Race and took the lead into the first corner after a slow starting Luca Filippi failed to capitalise on his pole position. From then on, Max controlled the race extremely well and took his second victory of the 2012 season.

Here at Carlin we’re all extremely pleased with how our second year in the championship went and really enjoyed working with both Max and Rio, whose rookie year in the championship was impressive to say the least.

It’s not only the GP2 Series which has come to a head recently. Our GP3 team also enjoyed their most successful year in the series with Antonio Felix da Costa up for the championship at the final – and although he wasn’t able to snatch the title, he still finished an impressive third in the drivers’ standings. He, William Buller and Alex Brundle all had podium finishes throughout the course of the year and helped the team to third in the teams’ championship as well.

And that’s probably our cue to get ready to go racing and bring to a close another championship!

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Winning weekend for Carlin

It was a brilliant showing for Carlin’s GP2, GP3 and British Formula Three teams this past weekend with all three taking incredible race wins – on the very same day!

Friday afternoon had already seen a podium for Carlos Sainz Jnr and provided a maiden GP2 pole for not only Max Chilton but the Carlin team.

As Saturday dawned Carlin had three races in two different countries with eleven Carlin drivers all vying for positions off the start line. The first race win on Saturday went to the British F3 team at Spa – Sainz lined up in second position and took the lead on the third lap. A great lead which he would hold for the rest of the race, dealing with the safety car restart well, and taking maximum points away as he begins to chase down the leaders of the championship.

Just a little while later it was down to pole-sitter Max Chilton to make it two out of two – which he brilliantly did. Making a great start, his tyre strategy worked perfectly giving him a well-deserved lights to flag victory ahead of the main championship contenders. And the Carlin GP2 team had their maiden win too in complete and utter style. Great job all round team!

Then to add an absolutely brilliant day the GP3 team and Antonio Felix da Costa went and grabbed a win too, making it three out of three for Carlin on Saturday. All of the hard work paying off for the GP3 team after their quick turnaround between the back-to-back races.

And when we thought it really couldn’t get any better Felix da Costa did it again on Sunday morning writing himself into the history books by becoming the first GP3 driver in history to win both races in one weekend. Alex Brundle took a great third place during the race too – bringing home more silverware for the team.

Absolutely huge congratulations to the entire GP2, GP3 and F3 teams on their sensational weekend. 100% deserved.

Now, it’s time to catch our breath just a little as the summer break approaches. Not that Carlin HQ will be shutting its doors for one minute however, but as most championships take a short summer break, we’ll have some time to reflect on how the season has gone so far and work hard to secure some wins in the second half of the season!

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Winning at the Rock and a rare weekend ahead

Something very rare is happening this weekend. We’ve not seen it in months and we won’t see it again until August. So what is the rarity? It’s a weekend where not one of our five race teams will be at a race track.

But let’s start with the racing we’ve already competed in these past couple of weeks. It may have been wet and windy on Friday as pre event testing got underway for the most recent round of the British F3 championship at Rockingham but we didn’t let that dampen our spirits here at Carlin.

Luckily for everyone the weather did get better for the weekend’s racing and the Carlin team came away with a win in every race. And every one of our brilliant driver line up graced the podium across the three races we competed in. Jazeman took top honours in the first race while Harry and Jack clinched their wins in races two and three respectively.

Such a strong showing ensured that Jazeman now leads the championship ahead of Jack and Carlos while Pietro and Harry are tied together on their points tally.

Meanwhile back at base it was all systems go while the GP3 team geared up for their Valencia test. This marks the final test for the team before they take on the next race in the 2012 season, later this month, around the streets of Valencia. After two days of testing the team have gathered some great data and looked extremely strong around the Valencia Circuit with Will Buller setting the fastest time of the entire test.

The GP2 team are also preparing for their races around Valencia. Coming off the back of a great second position with Max Chilton in Monaco the team are hoping for another strong weekend in Spain to add to their solid 2012 season so far.

The Formula Renault 3.5 team have also recently got back from Spa where Kevin Magnussen took two brilliant poles and one stunning win in tricky wet conditions. Well it is Spa, what do you expect other than rain?!

And so although this week has still been busy for the entire team, as it always is, with no racing this weekend it’s time to take stock at how the season’s gone. And judging by the trophies which have been added to the desk after this weekend I think we can safely say that every team should be pretty pleased with the efforts so far.

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Trophy tradition

What an eventful Monaco weekend for us!

Two podiums sounds like a pretty good time in the Principality. Yes, there were a couple of shunts but we won’t hold that against the most challenging and glamorous track in the world!

Here at Carlin HQ we have a little bit of a tradition when it comes to our trophy collection.  Every year we take all the trophies as we win them throughout out the season and line them up on Trevor’s desk. So far we’re looking like this.  

At the end of every season the desk is cleared and the trophies are put in a more permanent position around the factory. The empty desk at the start of the season motivates us to keep pushing every year, and so we never take for granted those shiny pots that our drivers bring back!

And already this year we’re pleased to say that each one of our five race teams has walked away with trophies from their respective championships. Which is a nice haul considering that we’re only just into June!

Max Chilton added silverware to the collection around the narrow streets of Monaco this weekend with a strong second GP2 race of the weekend to finish on the second step of the podium. His highest ever finish in the feeder series now sees him move up to fourth in the championship standings.

The GP3 boys also had a weekend which saw them on the podium. A strong second race for Antonio Felix da Costa also ensured that he took home a trophy for second place. His team mates unfortunately bore the brunt of the challenging circuit with Buller and Brundle both retiring from the final race of the weekend after a collision at St. Devote.

The Formula Renault 3.5 team were also out competing in Monte Carlo, with Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens, however Magnussen was squeezed on the first corner – (again at St. Devote – now renamed Carlin Corner) forcing a retirement while Will battled well in the mid-field coming through to finish 12th.

And so the cars made their way back – well, two thirds of them did. The Formula Renault 3.5 cars took off for Spa where they’ve been on track today. Also out in Europe is the Formula Three team who are in Austria for the next round of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship. And joining championship regulars Sainz and Buller will be Jazeman Jaafar who picked up his first win in the series last time out at Brands Hatch, becoming the first Malaysian to win such an event in the process.

So another busy weekend awaits us. Isn’t that always the way? Although we wouldn’t change it for the world.

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Time for Monaco!

It’s that time of year again when the principality of Monaco welcomes the motorsport circus to town and this year Carlin are extremely excited to have three of our teams out competing against the glamorous backdrop this weekend.

Not only have our GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 teams been zipping their way through the tight street circuit but new for this year the GP3 team have joined them – which means a grand total of seven Carlin men out on track this weekend. What a lot of racing to keep track of!

Spread over four days the Carlin teams will be out on track 11 times; three free practice sessions to learn the track, three separate qualifying sessions and a total of five races – that’s a lot of on-track action for any of you who are heading over to witness one of the glitziest race weekends on the calendar!

And so we hit the track for the first time, bright and early at 08.30 yesterday, as our World Series boys, Kevin and Will, had their first taste of the famous circuit. The GP2 and GP3 teams made their way out a little later on for their first sessions – and took to the streets once again today.

Tomorrow the Carlin teams are out for Formula Renault 3.5 qualifying in the morning, while the afternoon will see the second races of the GP2 and GP3 programme.

Back at base it’s been a busy few weeks as always for the entire team. The British Formula Three team has hardly been around the workshop recently as they attend races and tests. In fact the workshop was completely empty just a few short weeks ago as every team was out on the road. Eerie when you’re used to the sound of a roaring engine echoing through the factory.

And so from a quiet factory in Farnham and a busy paddock in Monte Carlo we’ll leave you to the delights of the Monaco Grand Prix weekend – enjoy.

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