Carlin has announced that it has pulled out of the F3 Euroseries in order to focus its efforts more on the new GP3 feeder category, following a torrid season that yielded just a single victory for the multiple British F3 title-holders.
Indeed, whilst having been tremendously successful on home shores – with five drivers' trophies and three teams' crowns in British F3 since 2001, including the double with Daniel Ricciardo this year – Carlin has struggled in Europe, finishing just ninth out of ten in the standings in its maiden campaign in 2008 and scarcely much better in eighth place twelve months on, with Brendon Hartley's reverse grid Brands Hatch triumph and a podium for rookie Jake Rosenzweig at Zandvoort the only real highlights along the way.
Announcing the withdrawal of his eponymously-named team to turn his attentions towards GP3, Trevor Carlin contended that at least in an all-new series, there will be no inherent disadvantage from the outset in 2010.
“Something had to go and our weakest category was the Euroseries, so we won't be carrying on,” the Hampshire-based outfit's race director explained. “We're disappointed we couldn't get a grip on the Kumho tyres quickly enough. We were quick at times, but not when it counted. The other teams all started with the Kumhos years ago, so they had several seasons of experience before we even turned up.
“We're going to cut our losses and move onto different things. The Euroseries is a tough championship. I'm not expecting GP3 to be any easier, but we can't fight too many battles on too many fronts. With GP3 we're going into a new championship at the very beginning, so we'll be starting on a level playing field with the other teams.”
Meanwhile, Carlin admitted that the recent restructuring of the team following the buy-out by Graham Chilton's Capsicum Motorsport operation had saved the squad from financial difficulty as belts continue to be tightened across the motor racing world in response to the debilitating global credit crunch.
“I am delighted to have secured the backing of Capsicum that has allowed me to continue to do the thing I enjoy most – creating winning teams,” he enthused. “We probably could have struggled on, but Capsicum has come in and put us on a solid financial footing. Their expertise is in running businesses, mine is in running race teams – so it's the perfect marriage.
“I am especially excited about our prospects in the 2010 season, coming off the back of such a great performance in 2009. Our entry into the new GP3 series creates fresh challenges and opportunities for us, and I am already looking forward to the first races.”
“We have been very impressed by Carlin's ability to produce winning teams in Formula 3 and Formula Renault 3.5 races around Europe,” added Capsicum managing director Rupert Swallow. “We are excited by the prospect of creating this new joint venture and assisting in creating a successful business to support the racing activities.”