British team Carlin will enter a four car team powered by Volkswagen in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship, following the reduction of the British Formula 3 Championship to four rounds.
British racer Harry Tincknell will continue his relationship with the team and will be joined by Canadian racer Nicholas Latifi and British drivers Jann Mardenborough and Jordan King.
Circumstances have dictated that we now focus on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship
Despite a tough season, Tincknell finished fifth in the standings in 2012, following nine podiums, including four wins and a strong top ten result in the Macau Grand Prix in November, on his first visit to the winding street circuit.
Tincknell will be joined by Nicholas Latifi, who despite being just 17 years old has been quietly learning the basics in the Italian Formula 3 Championship. Latifi dovetailed his Formula 3 programme in Europe with karting in the US. Previously, Latifi was a front runner on the US and Canadian karting scenes.
Cardiff born racer Mardenborough makes his debut in single seaters this year, with only one season’s racing under his belt. The 21-year-old, who was the 2011 winner of the Nissan GT Academy, was a revelation in last year’s Blancpain Endurance Series and the British GT Series.
Completing Carlin’s line-up will be Formula Renault 2.0 driver Jordan King. 2012 was a busy year for King, who started off the season clinching the honours in India and also competed in the Toyota Series in New Zealand.
King continued in Formula Renault 2.0 after a strong rookie season in 2011, racing in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup and the Northern European Championship where he finished second thanks to nine podiums and a race win.
“While we did have drivers interested in the British Formula 3 Series, circumstances have dictated that we now focus on the FIA Formula 3 European Championship and I’m extremely pleased to have four such talented drivers with us for the season ahead”, commented Team Principal Trevor Carlin.
“Harry makes an extremely welcome return to the team and his experience of Formula 3 will be the key; we have high hopes for him this season. Nicholas is going to have a very steep learning curve, with practically every circuit a new experience for him.
This season will be about learning as much as possible for him, as it will for Jann, who let’s remember only has one season’s racing behind him. Jordan will also be a Formula 3 rookie, but despite it being quite a young team, I look forward to seeing what surprises they can deliver as they progress throughout the season.”