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Fresh off the back of the final round of the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, Carlin’s race winning team remain in Barcelona for two days of official testing at the Circuit de Catalunya. Joining the team will be 2012 British Formula Three International Series team mates Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Sainz Jnr. Both drivers had a strong year in the junior category with Vice Champion Jaafar coming close to clinching the title during the final round of the season.

The past season has seen the team tackle the challenges of a brand new car with two rookies at the helm in the form of Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens. Carlin now look ahead to this week’s first post-season test in Barcelona just days after the conclusion of the 2012
Formula Renault 3.5 Series, where both Carlin drivers took strong points in Saturday and Sunday’s races.

Malaysian racer Jaafar spent the 2012 season competing in the British Formula Three International Series where a strong year – which saw him take three British F3 wins and 15 podiums – ensured that he finished as Vice Champion. Going into the final weekend Jaafar was still in with a shot at winning the title however after three close fought races he missed out by just 13 points to his Carlin team mate Jack Harvey. Jaafar has tested the previous generation of World Series machinery however this will be his first taste of the new generation Formula Renault 3.5 car.

Having also competed in British F3, Carlos Sainz’s race packed year has seen him eligible for points in a total of three championships. Sainz spent the year combining his British F3 programme alongside the F3 EuroSeries and the FIA European Formula Three Championship – taking podiums in all three championships along the way. However tough competition and bad luck during the races led to a difficult year for the Red Bull Junior. This will also mark Sainz’s first time testing the more powerful new generation FR3.5 car.

Looking ahead to testing the car, Jafaar said ‘I’m really looking forward to driving the new car, I’ve tested the old generation Formula Renault 3.5 car and I’ve heard a lot of good things about it. The car has a lot more power and downforce than the previous one and even more so than the British Formula Three car.

‘I’m looking forward to continuing with a team where it feels as though I’m testing with family.’

Sainz Jnr added, ‘It’s going to be great to test such a fast car for the first time. I’ve spent the year working with the team so I know how well they work together. It’s my home track and I’m in a great car so what more could I want? I’m going to enjoy the test but most of all learn as much as I can.’

2012 British Formula Three Champions Carlin will be taking a total of six cars to the prestigious 59th Macau Grand Prix next month. Carlin will take the two most recent British F3 champions in the form of Jack Harvey and Felipe Nasr, and race winning F3 drivers Carlos Sainz Jnr and William Buller. Completing the team’s largest ever showing at the blue riband event will be GP3 front runners Antonio Felix da Costa and Daniel Abt.

Making his racing debut at Macau this year will be newly crowned British F3 champion Harvey, who sealed the 2012 title following an impressive double victory at Donington last month. The Racing Steps backed driver will be looking to carry the momentum from his season into the 59th edition of the Grand Prix.

“It’s great to go to Macau as the British F3 Champion,” says Harvey. “I went last year with Carlin to experience the atmosphere however I wasn’t racing so I can’t wait to get in the car this year. It’s possibly one of the biggest and most important one off races we see on the single seater calendar so to be able to go there as the most recent British F3 Champion means a lot to me. To take the win on my first visit would be extremely tough however I’m going to be pushing hard to finish my season on a high!”

Harvey’s team mate Sainz Jnr will race with Carlin in Macau for the first time in November, although the 18 year-old Spaniard raced on the challenging street circuit with another team in 2011. The Red Bull Junior, who has seen an initially promising season plagued with bad luck and incidents, is aiming to get back to his race winning ways and show his potential in Macau this year.

Sainz’s Formula 3 Euro Series team mate Buller is also Macau bound with Carlin. The Northern Irishman, who has been a race winner in both F3 and GP3 this season will be making his third visit, and is aiming to improve on sixth place in last year’s incident strewn race.

Making a return to Carlin’s F3 squad will be 2011 British F3 champion Nasr, who finished second in both last year’s Qualifying Race and Macau Grand Prix last year. Despite having moved up to GP2 this season, the Brazilian racer still feels there is unfinished business around the Guia circuit.

“I’m very happy to be returning to Macau with Carlin,” said Nasr. “We were quick last year so I’m very excited to be joining the team again for this race. It’s going to be a challenge for me after a year of GP2 where the cars are more powerful and will probably take a little while to get used to but I’m really looking forward to it because it’s such a special race.

“Winning at Macau has been a goal of mine since the start of my career so I’m going to push hard for this race and go for the win!”

Also in the mix in the Volkswagen powered Carlin Dallaras will be GP3 front runners da Costa and Abt. Both drivers have raced wheel to wheel this season, with da Costa challenging for the GP3 title with Carlin, and Abt creating a thrilling season finale to finish just two points shy of eventual champion Mitch Evans. Both drivers have shown fantastic ability this season to lead from the front and fight their way through the field, which could be important in the typically incident packed Macau street races. Both drivers have experience of Macau, with da Costa suffering the misfortune of a broken first gear after qualifying second for last year’s event.

Trevor Carlin added, “Macau is an extremely important event on the motorsport calendar and one that is fondly remembered by all drivers who have competed there. With only the new 2012 F3 cars eligible for entry into Macau this year, it was more important than ever to support the event with a strong line-up to allow it continue as a highlight of junior motorsport for many years to come. With our 2012 team we have one of our best line-ups ever and the potential to produce a classic Macau Grand Prix.”

The Carlin British F3 team enjoyed a strong outing in qualifying ahead of this weekend’s races at Silverstone, with all five of the team’s drivers in the top eight. This morning’s qualifying session was for the majority a tussle between championship leader Jack Harvey and Jazeman Jaafar, with Harvey quickest for the first part of the session before Jaafar bettered his effort. In the end though it was Fortec’s Alex Lynn who stole pole in the closing minutes, but Jaafar, Harvey, Carlos Sainz Jnr and Harry Tincknell can be happy with second, third, fourth and fifth respectively, with their main championship rival Felix Serralles in seventh. Pietro Fantin unfortunately lost out on some running due to an engine misfire and qualified eighth.

Following several weekends of torrential rain, it was a welcome surprise when the British F3 drivers were greeted by a second day of sunshine and blue sky today. Recognising the need for a strong qualifying session points leader Harvey was the early man to beat and held provisional pole for the first ten minutes of the session.

Jaafar, Harvey’s closest rival in the Carlin team and the quickest man in yesterday’s practice session went quicker soon after though, and held the top spot until the final three minutes when Alex Lynn went fastest to steal pole.

With only this weekend’s races at Silverstone and a weekend at Donington to decide the 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series, the focus of the Carlin men has been on Lynn’s team mate Serralles, who currently lies second in the standings. With Serralles only able to manage seventh in this morning’s qualifying session, there is potential for Carlin’s title contenders to steal some valuable points at the penultimate event.

Harvey said, “It was pretty close between the Carlin drivers today, it’s very competitive this weekend. I expected Alex [Lynn] to be on pole at some point this season, he’s a quick guy and has been there or thereabout all season, so well done to him. We obviously have a quick car though so I’m feeling pretty confident for the races. In terms of the championship it’s good for us that Felix [Serralles] is down in seventh, but he’ll probably just go and win the reverse grid race!”

Team mate Jaafar was happy to near the front adding, “The car felt really good to today, so thanks to the team. It’s ok to be P2, obviously I would have preferred pole, but we’re starting on the inside of the track which is good. I’m just pushing for maximum points now, that’s my goal.”

Race one will take place later today at 15.15.

The 2012 Cooper Tires British F3 Series enters the final stages this weekend, as the teams head to Silverstone for the penultimate round of the season. Over half of the field are still mathematically capable of taking this year’s title, with Carlin’s Jack Harvey the current championship leader. It will be a level playing field for the Carlin drivers though, as team mate Jazeman Jaafar isn’t far behind and will be looking to put himself back at the top of the points table, while Carlos Sainz Jnr has also put himself back into contention with a strong points haul at Snetterton to move up to a close fourth in the standings. Race winners Harry Tincknell and Pietro Fantin are aiming to close in on a top three finish in the points standings.

With only six races to go over the two remaining weekends of the 2012 season, there is a tight championship battle between the Carlin men and Fortec’s Felix Serralles. Last time out at Snetterton, it was the Carlin drivers who enjoyed the upper hand, winning all three races in difficult on-track conditions.

Moving to Silverstone this weekend the championship makes its way back to a track where Carlin have experienced a high success rate in the past. The Northamptonshire circuit was the venue for Jean-Eric Vergne’s championship winning weekend in 2010, while Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Huertas shared the victories for the team at Silverstone last year.

Championship leader Harvey is feeling calm about the weekend ahead, “Silverstone is a track I’ve done well at throughout my single seater career. It’s a track that I enjoy and have been competitive at regularly. We’re carrying good momentum into this weekend, both myself and as a team. I’m feeling quietly confident that we can have a competitive car. Then the rest is down to me to get pole and win the races.”

Harvey will have to beat team mate Jaafar as well as Serralles, with the young Malaysian feeling confident ahead of this weekend’s racing action. “It’s a circuit I love racing on, as it is fast, flowing and has plenty of challenging corners and I’ve had some good results there. My first goal is to overhaul Felix [Serralles], who is 16 points ahead of me, then I’ll go after Jack who’s a further four points in the lead. It might sound a lot of points, but there are 20 points on offer for a win, and another point for fastest lap, so it’s an achievable goal.”

Trevor Carlin added, “It’s great for the drivers that it’s been a relatively open championship this season, and with just two weekends to go we have three drivers who are still very realistically capable of winning the championship, and all of them are fighting to be at least in the top three. The fight from Fortec this year has really made the championship more exciting, but until it’s credibly not possible for more than one of our drivers to win, we’ll keep pushing hard for all our guys and make sure they have the equipment on track to decide the title for themselves. It’s certainly going to be an exciting, if tense end to the season.”

Track action will get underway with testing on Friday, before qualifying at 10.40 local time on Saturday.

Carlin’s British F3 squad will head back to Brands Hatch this weekend for the fifth round of the Cooper Tires British Formula Three International Series. Having made a strong start to the season, the team have a solid grasp on the championship standings with drivers Jazeman Jaafar, Jack Harvey, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Pietro Fantin and Harry Tincknell having all taken to the podium over the course of this year.

Currently sitting at the top of the 2012 championship standings, Malaysian driver Jaafar comes off the back of two successful race weekends in Pau and Rockingham both of which saw him take British F3 wins promoting him to the top of the standings. Not far behind him a great battle is developing between team mates Harvey and Sainz Jnr who are both within touching distance of toppling one another; while Fantin and Tincknell are locked together with the same tally of points.

Last time out the Carlin team took three wins out of three at the Rockingham Motor Speedway, also locking out the podium during the second race of the weekend. Harvey’s win in the third race became the biggest race winning margin of the year with the Lincolnshire native dominating the field to finish 22 seconds ahead of his nearest rival.

Consisting of nine corners the 4.206km Brands Hatch GP circuit is a regular feature on the British F3 calendar, always providing great action for track side spectators. Having played host to Formula One in the past the circuit is now a well renowned training ground for the stars of tomorrow.

Sainz, Jaafar and Tincknell have already visited the Kent circuit once this year, when the shorter Indy track formed a round of the F3 Euro Series calendar in May.

Already a victor around the track this year in the F3 Euro Series Jazeman Jaafar said, ‘Racing at Brands Hatch is always a special event, it’s a great circuit and the atmosphere is always amazing. I love the track but the biggest challenge this year will be set-up because the track can often be wet in certain parts and dry elsewhere. But we know we have a good car so I’m looking forward to getting out on track.’

Carlos Sainz Jnr added, ‘I’ve never raced around the GP circuit before, only the Indy configuration, so I’m looking forward to seeing what the full track is like. I think we can do well this weekend, from what I know of the track it’s great so I’m hoping for a good race and to collect more valuable points.’

Having taken his first ever British F3 win yesterday, Carlin’s Carlos Sainz Jr took victory again today, at a rain soaked Monza circuit in Italy. The 17 year-old Spaniard was unchallenged in his Volkswagen powered Carlin machine throughout the 40 minute Feature race, which was started behind the safety car. Jazeman Jaafar finished fourth, Harry Tincknell was sixth and Jack Harvey was eighth. Harvey and Pietro Fantin took second and third respectively in the morning’s Sprint race.

Sunday’s Sprint race turned out to be something of a wash out, after wet conditions meant the drivers started the 20 minute race behind the safety car. With the top 10 finishers from race one reversed, Fortec’s Felix Serralles lined up on pole with Harvey the top Carlin starter in third place.

Harvey was on a charge and was soon up to second place by lap four. By the time the drivers completed lap six, Fantin had moved up to fourth ahead of Jaafar in fifth, Sainz was eighth and Tincknell ninth. Fantin was on the move on lap seven, passing McBride for third place. With few laps of racing action in the 20 minute Sprint, the order remained unchanged to the chequered flag, with Harvey and Fantin making it a double podium for Carlin in second and third respectively. Jaafar took points for fifth, race one winner Sainz was eighth and Tincknell ninth.

With the rain refusing to ease, race three of the weekend also started behind the safety car, with pole sitter Sainz leading the field. After one lap in safety car conditions the racing began in earnest on lap two, with Sainz making the most of good visibility at the front to pull out an early gap. Behind him, Jaafar had moved up to fourth place while Fantin, Harvey and Tincknell were all fighting for seventh.

The team mates raced cleanly and closely, with Harvey passing Fantin for seventh on lap seven. Fantin disappeared from the timing screens shortly after however, when an electrical problem possibly caused by the torrential rain ended what had otherwise strong weekend for the Brazilian.

At the front, Sainz was controlling the race and had pulled out a gap of nearly nine seconds at the half way point.

Pushing hard to pass Pipo Derani, Harvey was closing the gap to the Fortec driver. Team mate Tincknell passed the Racing Steps man on lap 13 however, briefly taking seventh at the chicane, but gave the position back a lap later in order to avoid a possibly penalty.

By lap 16, Sainz had increased his lead to nearly 16 seconds, with Jaafar holding station in fourth. Behind the leaders Harvey was again piling pressure on Derani and was all over the Fortec man’s rear wing.

On Monza’s long straights the order remained changeable however, and Tincknell passed Harvey for seventh on lap 18, and Derani a lap later to make a superb late dash for sixth place. Harvey was able to take the chequered flag in eighth. At the front, Jaafar just missed out on the podium in fourth, while Sainz romped home with a 16.7 second lead to take his second victory of the weekend.

A delighted Sainz said, “The car was perfect today, so a big thank you to the team. The conditions were very tricky today, but I just focused on my own race and not making any mistakes this afternoon and pulled out a gap bit by bit. It’s been a fantastic weekend, and to take two races wins at such an important circuit as Monza in such challenging conditions means a lot.”

Trevor Carlin added, “Carlos drove a perfect race this afternoon, he didn’t make a single mistake in very difficult conditions. All five drivers have shown a very high standard of driving today, despite the weather, and Harry’s overtaking manoeuvres at the end of the race were fantastic to watch. Once again the team have done a great job to take five podiums from nine this weekend. There is still a lot of work to do however, and we will all be working extremely hard in the next few weeks as we prepare for the next round in Pau.”

The Cooper Tires British F3 International Series continues at the street circuit of Pau on 12th May.

Carlin’s Carlos Sainz Jr stormed to his first victory in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series today, in an eventful opening race at the Monza circuit in Italy. The Red Bull Junior emerged from the pits first after the entire field pitted for wet weather tyres after the green flag lap and was unchallenged to the chequered flag. Jazeman Jaafar claimed another podium in third place, while Jack Harvey was fifth and Pietro Fantin was seventh. Harry Tincknell was unable to finish after running wide over the kerbs.

With the grid for today’s race set by the second fastest laps in qualifying yesterday, Sainz Jr lined up second, with Tincknell sixth, Jaafar seventh, Harvey eighth and Fantin ninth. All the drivers were on slick tyres, despite very light rain over the circuit..

Grid positions soon became irrelevant however, when heavy rain on the green flag lap prompted the entire field to dive into the pits for wet tyres. Following some great work by the Carlin crew, Sainz emerged from the pits first and took the early lead, with team mate Fantin moving all the way up to third.

Sainz wasted no time in building up a gap from second placed man and Double R driver Fahmi Ilyas. Fortec’s pole sitter Pipo Derani found some pace on lap three as he passed Fantin for third, and then Ilyas for second in an attempt to catch Sainz. The F3 rookie was setting the pace however, and had built up a gap of 4.3 seconds by lap four.

Behind the leaders the action continued in an eventful race which saw plenty of overtaking. PETRONAS backed man Jaafar was up to fourth place on lap six having been six on lap one, while Oulton Park race winner Harvey had climbed to eighth. Jaafar continued to push hard and passed team mate Fantin for third a lap later, while Harvey had passed Ilyas for sixth.

Harvey soon found himself defending from Hannes van Asseldonk who found a way past on lap eight to relegate the Racing Steps man to seventh. Carlin man Tincknell was also enjoying a busy race and was involved in a close battle with team mate Fantin for fourth. The British racer moved up to fourth on lap 10, but Fantin claimed the place back a lap later. With both drivers fighting hard for position, Tincknell made a rare mistake and ran wide over the kerbs and sustained a bent pushrod, sending him into the gravel and out of the race.

At the front, Sainz had increased his lead to 6.6 seconds from Derani while Jaafar was still third and Harvey was fifth having passed Fantin, who was fighting hard to maintain position.

At the chequered flag, Sainz took his first Formula 3 victory by nearly 10 seconds, while Jaafar made it a double podium for Carlin in third. Harvey took solid points for fifth, while Fantin crossed the line in seventh.

Reflecting on his race, Sainz said, “It’s always special to take your first win in a series, especially as I said before at a historic circuit like Monza. There was very light rain at the start and we thought we might have to stop for wet tyres but then it started to rain more on the green flag lap which made conditions really tricky. The team did a great job on the pit stop; it was perfect and got me out of the pit lane first.

“From the start I was focusing on looking after the tyres and being patient with them and building out a gap little by little. I had one scary moment on lap 4, but with so many breaking points it is easy to make a mistake here. To score my first F3 win in these conditions feels really great.”

Carlos Sainz Jr has stormed to his first British F3 pole position in a tense qualifying session in Monza this morning. The Red Bull Junior was competitive throughout the session, but waited until the final minutes to post a time that could not be beaten. Team mate Pietro Fantin was the next highest Carlin runner in sixth, with Harry Tincknell seventh, Jazeman Jaafar eighth and Jack Harvey ninth.

Following mixed conditions in free practice yesterday, conditions were damp as the second qualifying session of the season got underway in Monza this morning. The track soon began to dry however, as the F3 cars began the fight for pole position.

Current championship leader Harvey was quickest on his first flying lap, until several other drivers lowered the benchmark. Jaafar was also on the pace and was third quickest five minutes into the session.

At the half way point the Carlin men were closely matched, with Sainz third, Jaafar fourth, Harvey fifth, Tincknell sixth and Fantin seventh. Sainz continued to push and set the quickest middle sector of all to improve to second, only 0.005 seconds behind provisional pole man Fortec’s Pipo Derani.

With 10 minutes to go, all five Carlin drivers were back out on fresh rubber for a second assault on pole. With five minutes to go, Sainz was third but was still improving. The Spanish racer took provisional pole with only a few minutes to go, although was soon relegated to second as Felix Serralles went quicker. Sainz responded with just over one minute to go with a 1.46.575, a time that would remain unbeaten in the final seconds.

“I’m really happy to secure pole at such a special circuit,” said Sainz. “We spent quite a long time last night thinking about changes to our set-up which have taken us in the right direction so a great job by the team. Qualifying went smoothly for us; it was a little damp at the beginning but as it dried out the car got better and better.

“For sure the Fortec cars are fast on the straights so it will be a tough race, but we are very quick in the high speed corners. It is a question of getting the right balance on the car and that is something we will work on ahead of the first race.”

Race one will get underway later today at 15.00 local time.

British race team Carlin have enjoyed a successful start to the 2012 season, with the team’s British F3 and GP3 squads topping the time sheets in pre-season testing. Carlin’s GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 teams have also clocked up times in the top three to mark a strong start to the season over the last two weeks.

British racer Harry Tincknell topped the timesheets in the second day of British F3 testing at Rockingham today, as the team continued to develop its Volkswagen powered 2012 Dallara F3 car. Tincknell’s time was the fastest of the test overall, after fellow Carlin driver Jack Harvey set the pace at Rockingham yesterday. The Carlin men have locked out the top five positions at both the Rockingham and Snetterton pre-season tests, with their team mates Jazeman Jaafar, Carlos Sainz and Pietro Fantin over the last two weeks.

While the British F3 team finished two days of testing at Rockingham today, Carlin’s Formula Renault 3.5 team brought to a close two days of collective testing at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. Kevin Magnussen and Will Stevens both completed a successful test in the brand new FR3.5 car, with Magnussen setting the third fastest time of today’s running.

The Carlin GP3 team also enjoyed a successful outing this week, with Portuguese racer Antonio Felix da Costa setting the quickest time of the official two day test for Carlin. Will Buller was also in the top ten while Alex Brundle continued to make big improvements ahead of his first season in the series.

Preparing for the 2012 GP2 Series, Max Chilton and Rio Haryanto were out on track last week, at the Barcelona circuit in Spain. A consistent front runner in pre-season testing, Chilton set the second fastest time on the first day in Barcelona while Haryanto was seventh. The Briton and Indonesian continued to put in a strong performance in the final test before the season opener in Malaysia later this month.

Reflecting on a positive start to the 2012 season, Trevor Carlin said, “With 12 cars to prepare for the 2012 season across four championships, it’s a great testament to the team that all four squads have had such a strong start to the season. To finish each test within the top three is extremely encouraging and shows the hard work that has gone in over the winter period.”