Multiple British F3 and Formula Renault 3.5 champions Carlin are to launch Test Week, a new kind of test event designed to give young drivers guidance on all aspects of junior motorsport. The Surrey based squad will have several F3 and 2011 Formula Renault 3.5 cars on offer during a three day test at Valencia from 15 – 17 October. The team can also offer driver coaching, media, fitness and nutritional guidance to drivers assessing the next step in their careers.

“The aim of this test event is to help young drivers assess their progress and give advice and experience to help them decide the next step in their career”, said Trevor Carlin. “We have a lot of experience in running young drivers for assessment purposes, for sponsors and F1 teams, and we can apply the same kind of feedback for those drivers who require it. For others, it can just be chance to get some mileage in a F3 or FR3.5 car. We have exclusive hire of Valencia and we won’t be publishing the results, so it really is a closed shop to allow drivers to assess what level they’re at.”

In addition to providing the technical expertise that has seen Carlin secure seven British F3 and three FR3.5 titles, the team will also be offering open access for drivers’ film crews for promotional and media filming. The team will also have a photographer on site to provide free high resolution images, with drivers able to apply their own sponsors’ stickers to the cars which will be in standard Carlin livery. Drivers will also be able take advantage of a sports science consultant on driver fitness and nutrition as well as warm-up, cool down exercises and injury treatment and prevention.

“We aim to offer our race drivers a one stop shop; a general package to help them both on and off the track,” adds Carlin. The idea of our Valencia test is to offer all this to drivers outside the team. We don’t normally get a chance to do this at official tests, and with testing and media opportunities so restricted now, we believe this is a great opportunity for drivers to tailor the package to their needs.”

Interested drivers should contact Andy Constable on