Robert Wickens will rejoin the Carlin Motorsport team this weekend in order to make his British F3 Championship debut at the first of the series' 'away day' rounds, at Hockenheim.
The Canadian raced with Carlin in last year's World Series by Renault campaign, before switching to the new F2 series for 2009, but will rejoin the team to complete its four-car line-up for the fourth round of the season. Wickens replaces Oliver Oakes to race alongside Carlin regulars of Daniel Ricciardo, Max Chilton and Henry Arundel, all of whom have finished on the podium in the first six races of 2009.
The former FBMW champion has made a strong start to his spell in F2, winning both races from pole at Valencia last weekend, and recorded four podiums and one race win in his time with Carlin in World Series.
“I'm looking forward to racing with Carlin again, as I had a good time with the team in World Series," the Canadian commented, "Hopefully we can get some good results together this weekend. I've already got some experience of the Hockenheim track from having raced there in F3 Euroseries, but it will be my first time in a Carlin F3 car and on Cooper tyres, so it will be quite a steep leaning curve.”
Team principal Trevor Carlin welcomed his former charge back to the fold, confident that he would be on the pace from the start.
“Robert demonstrated to us last year - and on his debut in F2 - that he is an extremely capable driver and, while F2 will remain his focus, we're delighted to have him in a Carlin car for a one-off race in Germany," he said, "We hope his experience from an F3 Euroseries round at Hockenheim will help the team and push us further towards the front. In Max, Daniel and Henry we've clearly got a very strong team and I'm expecting some good results from them in Germany.”
Carlin has already taken three wins, four pole positions and six podium finishes from the first six races in this year's championship, with Ricciardo currently leading the point standings, despite a disappointing weekend last time out at Rockingham. Arundel, meanwhile, took his first podium at Rockingham with a competitive second place in race two, while regular polesitter Chilton took home two strong points finishes.