To no-one's great surprise following his pace-setting performances in last week's Barcelona test, Australian Will Power has been confirmed as Carlin Motorsport's second signing for the forthcoming World Series by Renault.
Power, who contested the British F3 Championship and tested a Minardi F1 car in 2004, set a new World Series lap record on his first acquaintance with the Circuit de Catalunya, backing up the speed he showed when posting top three times on a previous outing in the WS car at Paul Ricard. The Australian will join Germany's Andreas Zuber in the Carlin line-up, which will aim to better the second position it achieved with Tiago Monteiro in last year's World Series by Nissan.
"We selected Will from four potential drivers, and his first few laps in testing at Paul Ricard proved that it was a good decision," team principal Trevor Carlin said from Australia, where he is overseeing the Midland-owned Jordan F1 team, "Will and Andreas are an ideal signing - they work well together and will push each other to race wins this season."
Power, who has faced the traditional Australian driver's problem of not having enough sponsorship for past campaigns, was delighted to have secured a competitive seat for the new season.
"The World Series was always my objective for this season, and I am pleased, not only to have secured a drive in the series, but to be driving for Trevor Carlin," he said, "Our initial tests have been so good, and I am very confident of delivering great results for me and for the Carlin team."