2015 Ginetta Junior champion Jamie Caroline has decided to switch to single-seaters for 2016 after joining Jamun Racing in MSA Formula.
The seventeen-year-old, who beat Senna Proctor to the Ginetta Junior title on count back last season, had two successful tests towards in MSA Formula machinery towards the end of last year, and has decided to switch to single-seaters, at least for one season, before assessing where his career lies.
“A year in single-seaters is the best thing for an aspiring driver,” insisted Caroline. “I’m still young and it would not be a wasted year. Most professional drivers have done a year in single-seaters, Jason Plato has, Andy Priaulx has and so on. It allows you to get to grips with slicks and is of benefit later in your career.
“I’ve got the momentum from winning the Ginetta Junior title. I really enjoyed the Ginettas but they were a bit unpredictable. The F4 car is a car that does what you want it to do.”
Caroline is under management with Edge Sporting Management who commented: “We have worked very hard to try and piece all this jigsaw together…. we always knew Jamie was an exceptional talent ever since we first worked with him in 2014! He proved this in front of everyone at Thruxton in his 1st win. Then in 2015 when he dominated the Championship we knew we had to test him in a single seater!
“His pace blew us all away…. It would be a crime not to let this young driver have a chance on the single seater ladder. It’s taken some time to do the deal and there are still a few lose ends to tie up, but to have Jamun, Keltbray, Pirtek Racing and Jamie Caroline all working together is a fantastic achievement!”
The Jaman Racing name returns to MSA Formula after competing as MBM Motorsport in 2015 with both Jack Barlow and Toby Sowery racing partial schedules.