Reigning British F3 champion Carlin Motorsport made an early start to the defence of its title with all four members of its new-look line-up completing a one-day test at Pembrey.

Henry Arundel, Max Chilton, Daniel Ricciardo and Oliver Oakes were all on track following the lengthy winter break, shaking both themselves and their cars down ahead of the first official test of the season, at Snetterton, next week.

All four drivers tried out the 2009-spec Dallara for the first time and, despite damp conditions in the morning, enjoyed a productive day, with fastest lap time being traded between them throughout the two sessions.

"The Pembrey test was about getting the drivers back in the cars and familiarising them with the work we did before the New Year," team principal Trevor Carlin confirmed, "Our 2008 team was fantastic, and last season will be remembered as one of the most successful and enjoyable for Carlin, but already our 2009 squad has gelled very well.

"All the drivers were very evenly matched at Pembrey, which is a good sign from a team perspective. The benefit of testing this week means we can head to Snetterton
with a good grounding and work further on developing our 2009 car."

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