Carlin withdraw from 2016 Formula V8 3.5 season


The British-based Carlin team will not compete in Formula V8 3.5 in 2016 in order to concentrate on its GP2 Series team.

The team previously missed the 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series due to a lack of funding, but returned to the series with Jagonya Ayam backing in 2015 with Tom Dillmann and Sean Gelael, but have withdrawn from the newly revamped series this year.

Carlin took Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens to back-to-back drivers’ championships in 2010 and 2011, but team owner Trevor Carlin feels it is better for them to focus their attention on GP2 in 2016, although neither driver for the team are yet to be announced, with German driver Marvin Kirchhöfer expected to fill one seat.

“We thank Jaime Alguersuari and all at RPM for their hardwork and support over the years,” said Carlin.  “Counting many of those colleagues as friends we wish them the very best of luck with the series in 2016. 

 “In the current market we’re seeing that drivers at the top end of the sport are limited and we have taken the decision to put all our efforts into the GP2 Series.  With a strengthened team for 2016 GP2 will be our absolute focus as our headline formula in Europe.”

Carlin still also have campaigns in European Formula 3, BRDC Formula 4, MSA Formula and Indy Lights in 2016, having already withdrawn at the end of the 2015 season from GP3.