As many continue to be impressed by Jamie Caroline‘s efforts in the F4 British Championship, the 17-year-old has taken the brave decision to leave his current Jamun Racing team with immediate effect. He’ll join Fortec Motorsport for the remainder of the season.
Caroline has already achieved four podiums this year, including two at a very promising last round at Oulton Park. Unfortunately, bad luck has regularly befallen the Pirtek-sponsored driver and a change of scenery may propel Caroline towards the front of the grid.
“Going forward it’s going to be exciting to see what Jamie can do with a big team like Fortec who have done a particularly good job with Alex Quinn this year.” said a statement from EDGE Sporting Management, who manage Caroline.
“It will be interesting to see what Jamie can bring to the table and what Fortec can give to Jamie. It should hopefully be a good partnership. They have been testing this week at Anglesey and I’m hoping that will help to accelerate the development of the relationship.”
The deal comes as a result of Ross Martin‘s reluctant withdrawal as he failed to find sufficient funding to last him the whole season. The young Brit was running second in the rookie championship, with the move having almost guaranteed Quinn the rookie title.
Fortec Motorsports team manager Dan Mitchell commented, saying; “We’re really happy to have Jamie with us. It was a shame things couldn’t come together for Ross Martin, but luckily Jamie was available.
“Jamie has shown great pace and we hope to be able to put him on the top step of the podium pretty soon. He knows Frank Bird from Ginettas last year. They get on really well. I think he will work brilliantly with Alex too. They will help push each other.
“Carlin seem pretty strong. They are 1-2-3 in the championship at the moment and it would be good for us to get to the front. Jamie can help us do that. I think we can start off on the right foot at Croft on 18/19 June and be strong from the outset.”
While it might be too late for Caroline to put in a serious bid for the championship, the change of outfits could help him finish the year strongly, or set up for a competitive 2017 campaign.