Malaysian racer Jazeman Jaafar has signed with Carlin for the 2010 British F3 International Series season.

The 17-year-old, who races with the backing of Malaysian national oil company PETRONAS, moves up to British F3 following a strong season in the competitive Formula BMW Europe championship in 2009.

"I'm delighted to be with Carlin this season," he said. "I've known Trevor for quite a few years and to be now driving for him in British F3 is a dream come true. I would also like to thank PETRONAS for giving me this opportunity for to bring me to a higher level in my racing career. It will be important to learn as much as possible this season; there are new tracks as well as a new car for me to learn, but I'm confident that I can get up to speed quickly.

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"British F3 is a very competitive championship and has a very prestigious history and I can't wait for the season to get started."

Carlin race director Trevor Carlin added that he expected big things from his rookie driver during 2010.

"Jazeman is a great young talent and a driver we have been watching for some time," he said. "We're delighted that he and PETRONAS have chosen Carlin as the team with which to continue his career.

"We were very impressed with him in testing, both in terms of his performance on track and his attitude out of the car. It's going to be a steep learning curve for him; racing on tracks that are unfamiliar to him, but I'm sure he's going to provide some impressive results in his rookie season."