Carlin’s race winning GP3 team embark on the first of two post-season GP3 tests this week, as the team head to Jerez in Spain for an official two day test. Fresh from the season finale a little over a month ago, which saw Antonio Felix da Costa fighting for the championship title, Carlin welcome 2012 British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey to the cockpit as well as Formula Renault BARC runner-up Josh Webster and multiple Formula Ford race winner Eric Lichtenstein.
2012 was Carlin’s most successful year in the championship to date taking four wins over the course of the year and finishing third overall in the team championship, Carlin now look ahead to the two day test in Jerez where they will bring two of their three cars to the circuit. British driver Webster will be in the car for the total duration of the test while Lichtenstein will drive on the first day before handing over to Harvey for the second.
The 2012 season saw 18 year-old Webster take an impressive five race wins in the Formula Renault BARC on his way to becoming Vice Champion. While Webster has experience of an F3 car following his participation in this year’s Masters of Formula Three at Zandvoort, this will be Webster’s first taste of a GP3 car and also his first visit to Jerez.
The first day of testing will see Formula Ford driver Lichtenstein in the second car for his first GP3 experience. 18 year old Lichenstein had a stunning first year competing in the EcoBoost UK Formula Ford Championship. The young Argentinian finished the season as the top rookie and won more races than any other driver, with 11 victories in total.
Taking over from him on the final day of testing will be 2012 British Formula Three Champion Jack Harvey. Harvey’s championship winning season with Carlin saw him take 13 podiums including seven wins to become the team’s fifth consecutive British F3 champion. Having spent the past two seasons with the British squad Harvey already knows the team well and has spent time in the factory since his championship win in preparation for this week’s test.
Looking ahead to the test, Josh Webster said, “It should be a great experience and completely different to the cars I’ve driven before but I’m looking forward to the challenge. It’s my first time working with Carlin but I’ve been to the factory and I’m glad to be with an established and experienced team for this test.
“It’s also my first time in Jerez but I’ve been on the simulator to learn the track so I’m confident that I should be able to get to grips with the layout fairly quickly and start concentrating on the car.”
The two day test will span the 24th-25th October.
Carlin Press Release