Callum Ilott has left Carlin to join Van Amersfoort Racing for the 2016 FIA European Formula 3 championship.
The British driver ended his rookie Euro F3 campaign 12th in the overall drivers' championship and seventh in the rookies' standings, with the highlight of a maiden rostrum coming in race one at the Nurburgring. To his credit Ilott was the only driver on the grid to produce a classified finish in every single race of the 33-race season.
The 17-year-old has recently lost his Red Bull sponsorship backing for 2016 but is looking forward to a fresh start and build upon his rookie campaign in Euro F3.
“Teaming up with VAR for 2016 is an ideal move and I have a good feeling about them,” Ilott said. “They have come close to winning the F3 Championship over the last 2 years and are pushing very hard to improve. The fact that famous F1 names are putting their sons with VAR also says a lot about the team culture.”
Team boss Fritz Van Amersfoort says Ilott had been a target in 2015 after stepping up from karting as a European champion and hopes his new addition will be fighting at the sharp end of the grid this season.
"Callum was on our radar from the very first pre-season test last year," Van Amersfoort said. “The transition from go-karts to single-seaters worked very well for him, despite his young age. During the first test with us in early November Callum already showed true racing spirit - our main goal will be to help him in his ambition to be a frontrunner during his second season in auto sport."
Ilott joins the already announced Pedro Piquet at Van Amersfoort Racing for 2016 with a third driver expected to be revealed in the coming weeks.