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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.

Tom BlomqvistRed Bull Junior Team’s Tom Blomqvist climbed into the top six of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship driver standings at Brands Hatch Indy Circuit over the weekend, thanks to top six results in races one and two and a fifth place finish in race three.

As expected before the event, qualifying proved to be the most decisive part of the second UK race meeting of 2013 and, due to the confines of the tight and twisty 1.2-mile circuit, the 29-strong field was split into two groups to alleviate the impact of traffic.

Starting race one, round 10, from seventh on the grid, less than 0.2 seconds shy of pole position, Blomqvist made a great getaway but had to tuck back in to seventh through Paddock Hill Bend. With passing pretty much impossible in an F3 car at the Kent track’s shortest configuration, the Eurointernational driver held seventh until lap 35 when Sven Muller slowed with a problem.

Elevating the Briton into sixth, he remained there to the finish but a fantastic run out of Clark Curve on the final lap almost gave him fifth on the line – missing out by just 0.071 seconds.

Round 11 was a near carbon-copy of the first encounter although Blomqvist managed to leap from seventh to sixth through the first couple of corners. While another largely uneventful race, the Dallara-Mercedes driver did challenge for fifth late on but had to settle for sixth.

Sunday morning’s 12th round provided a sterner test for Blomqvist, beginning the encounter 11th on the grid, but he rose to the challenge and produced a faultless drive into sixth once again. Breaking into the top 10 off the start, the 19-year-old moved into ninth on lap seven and a mistake for Alex Lynn on lap 15 elevated Blomqvist into eighth.

Following a mid-race Safety Car period several competitors were served with drive-through penalties, for not slowing sufficiently during the recovery of Lynn’s car, meaning Blomqvist was able to deservingly climb into the top six. Post-race, an exclusion for winner Raffaele Marciello promoted Blomqvist into fifth to cap a consistently strong weekend.

Tom Blomqvist:
“It was an OK weekend, we scored good points so I have to be happy enough with that. Overall it’s not been so bad, qualifying for race three we didn’t maximise but in the end we came through – had some fortune with a couple of guys making mistakes – and got the points. We made progress, both me and the team, so now we need to keep pushing forward for the next one in Austria.”

Red Bull Ring will be the venue for rounds 13, 14 and 15 of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship season on 1st/2nd June.