British single-seater powerhouses Carlin have launched a new young driver academy, based at Pembrey circuit in South Wales.
Led by former racer Tom Gaymor, the Carlin Academy will focus on teaching and developing drivers on-track and in the classroom, giving them a foundation in driving ability, fitness and mental strength.
Carlin have enjoyed huge success in junior single-seater formulae over the years with race-winning success in Formula 3, GP3, GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5. Seven former Carlin drivers currently compete in Formula 1.
The team currently race in GP2, GP3, European Formula 3 and British F3, with bright young British talents Alex Lynn, Jordan King and Jake Dennis amongst those driving for them.
The Pembrey circuit will host bespoke track sessions for the Academy drivers, with Carlin engineers and mechanics on hand to support them. The drivers will supplement this with a structured simulator programme.
“We’re pleased to have this exciting Academy within the Carlin fold,” said racing director Trevor Carlin. “The aim of the Academy is to assist and equip young drivers with the skills they need to step into single-seaters. We hope this will be something that produces some great talents over the coming years.”
“This is a fantastic opportunity for drivers to learn as much as they possibly can during the time they spend with us,” added Academy director Gaymor. “Having the Academy within Carlin means we are able to welcome these young drivers into the Carlin family from a younger age, and this gives them long-term development and stability, which will in-turn provide a great platform for high performance.”
This is the latest development for the Pembrey circuit, after it was recently granted its FIA track license to allow international testing to continue at the venue.
“I’m delighted that Carlin has chosen to set up its Academy at Pembrey,” commented circuit manager Phil Davies. “We’re confident we can help to produce many more world-class drivers together. It’s a great coup for the circuit and I’m sure will prove to be an extremely beneficial partnership for both sides.”