The Formula Renault 3.5 series will come to a dramatic conclusion in Barcelona next weekend as Carlin team mates Robert Wickens and Jean-Eric Vergne battle it out to be crowned the 2011 champion. There is just two points separating the drivers as they head to the Catalan circuit. Carlin previously secured the team championship at their home round in Silverstone in August.

Paul Ricard last time out brought Vergne back into contention after he was handed back points from his win in Monza on appeal, and claimed two podiums including a race win at his home circuit. Vergne’s points haul now ensures that both Carlin drivers are within touching distance of the crown as they head into the season finale.

Vergne won the first race of the weekend at Paul Ricard with Wickens just behind in second and the final race of the weekend saw Vergne on the podium while Wickens saw his race ruined after a puncture left him at the back of the field.

Next weekend will see both drivers battling it out at the Circuit de Catalunya. The track has played host to the Spanish round of the Formula One season and saw the finale of last years Formula Renault 3.5 series – which was won by Carlin driver Mikhail Aleshin who was crowned 2010 champion.

The 4.655km track is a challenge for all drivers, it is known for being extremely difficult to overtake on however its long straights and chicanes do provide some great wheel to wheel action for spectators to enjoy throughout the weekend.

With only Carlin drivers Wickens and Vergne mathematically able to take the title, the race weekend in Spain will be straight fight as to who can finish ahead of their team mate in both races.

Currently leading the championship by two points Robert Wickens said, “Paul Ricard didn’t go how I had planned however I still have the points lead. I’ve reset the system and worked on a few things and Barcelona will be a better weekend for me.”

Chasing him down, team mate Jean-Eric Vergne said, “I’m really looking forward to the finale. I’ve always loved moments where you have to give everything in racing – and Barcelona will be one of those. I love being the one who has to do the chasing!”

Trevor Carlin added, “We go into this weekend knowing that whatever happens we will finish first and second in the championship. This is an incredible achievement by both the drivers and the team. We will endeavour to provide the drivers with equal opportunities so they alone can decide the outcome of the championship.”

The season final will take place from 7 – 9 October.