Carlin Motorsport's new rookie pairing of Jaime Alguersuari and Oliver Turvey are setting their sights on a podium challenge ahead of their World Series by Renault debut in Spain.
The 2009 edition of the Renault-based championship begins this weekend around the Circuit de Catalunya, with Carlin keen to launch a title challenge after struggling to show consistent speed with Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens last season.
Promoting both their British Formula 3 Championship winner and runner-up Alguersuari and Turvey, team manager Trevor Carlin has high hopes that his rookie pairing can launch a title challenge straight away.
“It's great to be carrying on our relationship with Jaime and Oliver, who are both fantastic talents for the future and we hope to enjoy many more successes with them this season.
“World Series is a very competitive championship. The qualifying system and the reverse grids mean that the championship can be very open and consistency really is the key. Both drivers have been very quick in testing, and we know from last season that they are both great racers. They will need to be focused from the start and should both be aiming for the podium this weekend.”
Of the two, Turvey has been the most consistent performer during testing and is considered to be the quickest rookie heading into the season. He says there is no reason why he cannot target the podium straight away.
“I'm really pleased to be racing in World Series and staying with Carlin for another season. Our pre-season preparations have gone well; I've been the quickest rookie in testing.
“I'm confident that we will have a strong weekend, we need to get points towards the championship and there's no reason why I shouldn't be aiming for a win, or at least a podium in my first weekend. I'm really looking forward to the season and can't wait for the racing to get underway now.”
Alguersuari, meanwhile, is looking forward to getting the chance to make his debut in front of his home fans
“I'm very excited to be racing not only in my first World Series race but also in my home town. It means a lot to me and the great supporters I have in Barcelona. It won't be easy to win our first race, but we will give it our best shot.
“The main thing is to score as many points as possible, increase our understanding of the car and build up my relationship with my engineer. If we score good points and build a good base for a championship challenge, I'll be happy.”