Robert Wickens, CarlinRobert Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne have both secured Carlin’s first Formula Renault 3.5 Team’s Championship this weekend at Silverstone. Wickens also took his second victory of the weekend while Vergne collected some good points to secure Carlin’s title.

The Carlin men lined up next to one another on the grid with Wickens on pole, after a brilliant morning qualifying session for the team. As the lights went out both drivers got away cleanly and held position into the first lap.

Wickens and Vergne were battling with each other during the first few laps as well as ISR’s Daniel Ricciardo who was holding on to the Carlin men well. By the first wave of pit stops Vergne had pulled a lead over Ricciardo however both drivers pitted on the same lap.

Unfortunately a cross-threaded wheel nut meant that during the pit-stop the mechanic was forced to change wheel guns, a hold-up which allowed Ricciardo to pass Vergne and undo all of Carlin driver’s hard work.

Wickens pitted one lap later from first position and re-entered in ninth while Vergne’s unfortunate stop left him in P12, with several drivers still make to their mandatory stop.

Over the next few laps Vergne fought well with Ricciardo, constantly trying to find his way through however when Nathanael Berthon pitted from the lead (allowing Wickens to retake his earlier position) he re-entered the track in front of the duelling pair. Ricciardo quickly found a way past however by the time Vergne got on the back of Berthon his tyres were up to temperature and he just couldn’t make a move stick, putting Vergne in fifth.

In the final laps of the race the drivers held onto their positions well with Robert emphatically taking home his second race win of the weekend and Vergne collecting some great points for the championship.

This incredible result means that Carlin have already secured the 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Team’s Championship at their home event in Silverstone.

Race winner Robert Wickens said, “This is actually the first time I’ve been with a team who has just won the championship so the atmosphere is great here!

“I had a great start just like yesterday and got off the line well. After the pit stop the car was just phenomenal and I found I was able to control the race well. I’d like to thank the team for this weekend, we’ve been so strong all year and today was brilliant.”

The series gets back underway at the Paul Ricard circuit in France on the 17th and 18th September.