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A new team name will be present on the 2014 FIA Formula 3 European Championship grid this season in the form of Jagona Ayam with Carlin. Representing the team will be Indonesian Sean Gelael, Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and Briton Tom Blomqvist.

Sponsorship for the campaign comes from KFC Indonesia, Recapital (who recently purchased FC Inter Milan) and DMS Investama along with other high profile global companies. The three drivers will consequently race in the distinctive brand colours of Jagonya Ayam, in yellow Dallara F312s prepared by multiple F3 champions Carlin.

All three drivers have previous experience in the championship, with Blomqvist taking three podiums in 2013. Having contested two seasons in the championship, Blomqvist’s experience will be invaluable to both Gelael and Giovinazzi who enjoyed their first season in Formula 3 last year. Following a strong debut season in 2013, the Indonesian and Italian are looking to fight near the front next year.

Although the trio will make their racing debuts with Carlin this year, all three have experience of working with the team from winter testing in Jerez and Valencia in December.

“I am really excited to be joining Carlin,” said Gelael. “We had quite a few good days of testing in December at Jerez and Valencia. The team are so professional and give a young driver everything he needs to succeed.

“I will be part of a very strong team at Carlin so my aim is to learn as much as I can from my team-mates, and we can all move forwards together. I feel for 2014 I can start to focus on getting some good results and put Indonesia in the picture in one of motor racing’s most competitive championships!”

Trevor Carlin added, “We are very proud to be able to represent the Jagonya Ayam brand in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. We feel the combination of experience and potential of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin can compete for championship honours. This is a massive commitment from the sponsor and we are proud to be chosen as the team to take these Sean, Tom and Antonio forwards in their careers.”

The 2014 season will kick off with the first official test at the Hungaroring on the 4th April, with the first race of the season at Silverstone on the 18 – 20th April.

Antonio GiovinazziAntonio Giovinazzi impressed during the 23rd staging of the prestigious RTL GP Masters of Formula 3 race at Zandvoort in The Netherlands this afternoon, Sunday, 7th July, to seal a hard-fought top 10 finish for Double R Racing on his debut in the blue riband event.

In warm and sunny conditions at the famous Dutch venue, the Dallara-Mercedes driver started the encounter from 15th on the grid and although elbowed back a position after being held up into Turn One, Tarzan, he mounted a strong drive through the order.

Gaining a couple of places on lap five, after Lucas Auer and Sven Muller tangled at Tarzan, Giovinazzi piled on the pressure to local racer Dennis van de Laar and made the breakthrough on the seventh tour to take 13th place. Swiftly dispatching Josh Hill shortly after on the very same lap, the Double R man moved into the top 12.

Quickly reeling in Michael Lewis, Giovinazzi then spent the remainder of the 25-lap encounter trying to get by the overtly defensive American. Attempting everything he could to get alongside his rival, the Italian bravely tried to go around the outside of Lewis at Tarzan on lap 20 and managed to remain wheel-to-wheel as he nosed ahead into 11th place on the exit.

Edged wide onto the grass, Giovinazzi lost momentum for the next left-hander and so Lewis was able to re-assume 11th position. Retirement for Tom Blomqvist three laps from the finish, though, hoisted Giovinazzi into 11th before moving into the top 10 on the last lap when the relentless pressure finally told and Lewis slipped back a couple of positions. Notably, Giovinazzi set the fourth fastest race lap.

“Antonio did a great job”, said Double R Racing team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “He delivered impressive pace and was a real handful, it’s just a shame we couldn’t get ahead of van de Laar and Lewis sooner as Antonio had the speed. It’s a good result though for his first time at Zandvoort, and good experience for the European Championship race here in September.”

Team-mate Sean Gelael’s Masters of F3 debut came to an unfortunate and all-too-early end on lap 13 after an excursion while running in 18th position. Qualifying 21st on the grid, the Indonesian racer gained two places on the opening lap and did a good job of holding position despite strong pressure.

Moving into 17th place on lap five, as a result of the Auer/Muller incident, Gelael slipped behind the advancing Roy Nissany on lap six. He was then elbowed back to 18th position on the eighth tour prior to his unfortunate retirement soon after.

Tatiana Calderón finished her maiden Masters of F3 outing inside the top 20 after a consistent and controlled drive. Lining up on the last row of the grid in 24th place, the Colombian gained a position straight away and moved into 21st on lap five when Auer and Muller collided.

Fending off the attentions of Andre Rudersdorf for several laps, Calderón had to give best on the eighth tour but moved back into 21st following Gelael’s retirement and then climbed into the top 20 when Blomqvist retired with just three laps remaining.

“Both Sean and Tatiana performed well this weekend, it was a big challenge racing at the Masters for the first time and trying to learn about the Kumho tyres”, added Hieatt, “It’s a shame Sean’s race ended all too early, he’d been going well, but Tatiana’s top 20 was a solid effort.”

Double R Racing will be back in action next weekend, 13th/14th July, with the resumption of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship at the Norisring in Germany.

Antonio GiovinazziAntonio Giovinazzi secured his, and Double R Racing’s, first points in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in the UK over the weekend, 18th/19th May, ending the outing with a career-best ninth place finish in round 12 of the season.

Impressive in all three outings, the Italian started off by slicing his way through from 18th on the grid into 11th place in round 10, on a track notorious for its lack of overtaking opportunities in F3, and was credited with his first point of 2013 due to guest driver Daniil Kvyat being ineligible to score.

While round 11, wasn’t as fruitful, the final race of the weekend produced another star performance from the Double R driver and all after an unfortunate stall at the start. Recovering superbly from the back of the 28-car field, Giovinazzi raced through into the top 10 but post-race was elevated to ninth when winner and series leader Raffaele Marciello was excluded.

Team-mates Tatiana Calderón and Sean Gelael achieved best results of 20th position and 22nd place in rounds 12 and 11 respectively, finishes not necessarily indicative of the strong drives produced by both rookies at the tight and twisty 1.2-mile track.

While delighted for Double R Racing to have claimed the first championship points of its maiden season at European level with Giovinazzi, team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt believes the series organisers need to reconsider visiting Brands Hatch Indy Circuit in the future.

“It’s great to have scored our first points and just a shame Antonio stalled in the third race as we would definitely have had a few more”, said Hieatt, “The FIA and the other F3 people really need to look again at using this circuit [Indy Circuit], it’s unsuitable for our championship and I feel like the drivers and teams have been let down by coming here.”

Qualifying on Friday, 17th May, was split into two groups due to expected congestion during the all-important session and Giovinazzi emerged as the best of the Double R drivers starting 18th on the grid for round 10 with Gelael 25th and Calderon in 27th place.

Despite overtaking being at a premium, Giovinazzi managed to make outstanding progress to scythe his way through the order very impressively. Moving into 17th place on lap two, he remained there until just before mid-distance when taking 16th and latching onto a six car train ahead. From there he moved into 14th by lap 27, gained two more places on lap 35 and then took 11th to cap a great drive.

Calderón fought through from final row of the grid to finish in 22nd position, one place ahead of Gelael who had initially run ahead of his team-mate. Gaining two spots early on, the Indonesian slipped back to 25th after a slight moment out of Paddock Hill Bend on lap four before losing more ground at the same corner seven laps from the finish when running slightly wide through the gravel.

Round 11 proved to be more processional than the opening encounter and although starting in 14th place, Giovinazzi had to settle for 16th after being shuffled back on lap eight. Gelael made a terrific launch from 26th on the grid to surge through to the cusp of the top 20 on lap one alone but was then elbowed back to 24th on the second tour. The 16-year-old recovered to 22nd before the finish.

Colombian racer Calderón enjoyed a close battle with fellow lady racer Michela Cerruti and emerged on top on lap 22 with a good run out of Paddock Hill Bend up to Druids. Although served with a drive-through penalty, Calderón still managed to better Cerruti by finishing in 25th position.

Sunday morning’s 12th round began badly for Giovinazzi with his stall but his drive through the order was mightily impressive. Even though aided by a Safety Car period and drive through penalties for some of the front-runners, he was still in sparkling form and thoroughly deserved his ninth place.

Calderón started the final race of the weekend in 28th position but delivered a determined drive to end the encounter inside the top 20 – and all after making a mid-race pit-stop. At the finish she had battled back to within just 0.2 seconds of Cerutti.

Gelael raced well from 23rd on the grid into 12th place by lap 26 but was given a drive-through for not heeding yellow flags when Eddie Cheever went off at Druids avoiding Alex Lynn’s stricken car. Running in 20th place with six laps to go, Gelael then pitted to retire after suffering an arm spasm when hitting a kerb heavily.

“Sean and Tatiana both raced well this weekend”, commented Hieatt, “It’s so tough to try and make any progress at Brands Indy, they both did a good job and although the results weren’t what they would have wanted the experience they gained will be vital as the season moves on.

“I thought Sean was really unlucky to get a drive-through in the last race, he was behind [Eddie] Cheever when he went off so had cleared the area when the flags came out. After banging his arm, the safest and most sensible thing to do was pit as he lost all feeling in it.”

Red Bull Ring in Austria will host rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship a fortnight from now on 1st/2nd June. Double R, though, will be back on track next weekend, 25th/26th May, at Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit for the opening three rounds of the revitalised Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series.

Photo by Jakob Ebrey Photography.

Antonio Giovinazzi - Double R RacingItalian racer Antonio Giovinazzi delivered an outstanding performance for Double R Racing during officially timed FIA Formula 3 European Championship testing at Monza on Tuesday, 19th March, to conclude the outing a highly impressive fifth fastest overall, and top rookie, in his Dallara-Mercedes.

Just a few days away from the opening event of the 2013 season at the world famous Italian Grand Prix venue, the 19-year-old F3 rookie was consistently strong throughout on home soil. Lapping with the second fastest time in the morning session, 1m47.235 seconds, he was then fifth in the quicker afternoon run with a best of 1m45.789 seconds to end the day just 0.4 seconds shy of the pace.

Off the back of a similarly impressive outing during official testing at Barcelona in Spain just over a week ago, Giovinazzi has certainly hit the ground running ahead of his – and the team’s – maiden season in the pan-European championship which begins this weekend, 23rd/24th March.

Team-mate Sean Gelael, at 16-years-of-age the youngest and, by far, least experienced driver in the championship, also made significant improvements between the two sessions. Lapping in 1m49.029 seconds in the morning, the Indonesian sliced 1.5 seconds off that in the four hour afternoon session to end the test with a quickest time of 1m47.548 seconds.

Female racer Tatiana Calderón, like Giovinazzi and Gelael embarking on her first ever season in F3, managed to improve by 1.6 seconds between the two sessions to end the day with a fastest lap time of 1m48.203 seconds. The 19-year-old, from Bogota in Colombia, is one of two lady racers in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship this year but was comfortably the quickest of the pair.

Running on day one of the test, Monday, 18th March, was cancelled due to unseasonal snow and ice and although yesterday’s action did have a delayed start, six hours of track time was available to the competitors with Double R team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt pleased with initial progress.

“We’re glad to have been so competitive, Antonio was quick all day and for a rookie to have been so consistently fast was very impressive”, said Hieatt, “He’s certainly made a great start and we’ve got high hopes for the weekend’s racing.

“Sean had a couple of moments during the day but he did a good job, and improved throughout. As the youngest driver in the championship it’s a massive step and learning curve, but he’s on the right path. Tatiana had a decent test too, there were a few issues with braking but we sorted those out during the day and she made good progress. At this early stage, we feel it’ll be a good season.”

Double R will be back in action at Monza on Friday, 22nd March, for free practice and qualifying ahead of the opening three rounds of the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship. Race one will take place on Saturday, 23rd March, with two further races on Sunday, 24th March.

Live timing throughout the Monza weekend will be available at www.fiaf3europe.com while live television coverage of the action will be screened on digital satellite and cable channel Motors TV.

Giovinazzi and GelaelReigning Formula Pilota China Champion Antonio Giovinazzi and fellow category race winner Sean Gelael will graduate to the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series next year after today, Tuesday, 18th December, finalising their respective 2013 deals with Double R Racing.

Indonesian 16-year-old Gelael and Italian Giovinazzi, who celebrated his 19th birthday last week, will each drive a Mercedes-powered Dallara F312 in the headline class of British F3 as both – who are part of the same ‘Sean GP’ management stable – make the move into the ultra-competitive world of Formula 3 after just a single season in cars.

“It’s fantastic for us to have filled two seats already for 2013, we’re absolutely delighted to have Sean and Antonio onboard and really looking forward to working with them over the winter and into the new season”, commented team principal Anthony ‘Boyo’ Hieatt, “I’ve been out to Malaysia a few times to watch them both in action and they’ve been very impressive.

“They’re very quick, very talented young drivers and did a sensational job in their first season in cars this year. Sean’s performances, at such a young age, belied his limited experience and Antonio’s results tally speaks for itself – he dominated the championship. Both have a strong pedigree from karting and, in testing with us at Pembrey in the F3 car, they showed a great deal of promise.”

Born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia, Gelael is a true rising star of Asian motorsport and made a huge impact during his debut season of car racing in Formula Pilota this year. Ending the campaign fourth overall in the championship, and second in the ‘Best Asian Driver Trophy’, the youngster brilliantly achieved his first win during the season finale at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Gelael also competed in the last three races of the 2012 Formula Abarth Championship at Monza in Italy and delivered an excellent series of performances, securing a best result of seventh place and a hat-trick of top 10 finishes.

The youngster’s karting debut came in 2008 in the ranks of Senior Rotax, having already been a champion co-driver in Indonesian National Rallying, and just two years later he claimed his first title in karts with victory in the Senior Formula 125 Asian Karting Open Championship. The following season, Gelael was third in the Asian Karting Open before making the move into cars.

Giovinazzi secured several race victories and numerous podiums on his way to the Formula Pilota China Championship title this year, sealing the crown a full 50 points clear of experienced British single-seater racer Dan Wells.

Like stable-mate Gelael, the Italian also debuted in Formula Abarth at Monza in September where he won two of the three races during a rain-hit final weekend of the season. Starring on his first outing, Giovinazzi scythed his way through from the back of the grid to claim a maiden win in the opening encounter before capping off the weekend superbly with another victory in race three.

His motorsport career began in karting in 2006 where he won the Italian National Trophy 60cc title and the Euro Trophy before graduating into the ranks of KF3 where he was second in the Torneo Industrie and Copa Campeones Trophy contests in 2008.

Finishing third in the KF2 class of the Trofeo Andrea Margutti in 2009, Giovinazzi was a consistent front-runner at European and World level over the next two years in KF2 – finishing second in the 2011 Bridgestone Cup and third in the CIK-FIA World Cup.

Oulton Park in Cheshire will host the opening three rounds of the 2013 Cooper Tires British F3 International Series across Easter weekend with the action commencing on Good Friday, 29th March, and then concluding on Saturday, 30th March.