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Familiar ground for Carlin.

Carlin Motorsport are hoping a good result on home ground will help them close the gap down to World Series by Renault leaders P1 Motorsport as the championship heads to Silverstone for the first time.

With Carlin's experience of the circuit through its many countless years competing in lower formulae likely to give it a small advantage over its rivals, the team are looking to build on their current second place position in the driver standings.

Mikhail Aleshin is the driver behind that second place and he is hoping he will be able to learn quickly as he sets about catching runaway championship leader Giedo van der Garde.

“I've never been to Silverstone before, but I think with the day's testing we have on Thursday, we will have plenty of time to learn the track and it shouldn't be too much of a problem.

“From what I've seen so far, it seems like quite a wide, sweeping circuit, and I've heard that it's quite fast, and I like fast circuits. It's always interesting to learn new tracks, especially big circuits such as Silverstone, so I'm looking forward to getting my first taste of it in testing.”

Although team principal Trevor Carlin is confident that Aleshin can maintain his consistent start to the season, he is also hoping Silverstone kick starts a revival for second driver Robert Wickens.

Indeed, the Canadian has suffered a run of bad luck so far this season, as shown by the fact he has scored just four points. Nonetheless, with Wickens having appeared in the Formula 3 Euroseries last weekend, Carlin believes he can get some good results on the board.

“Mikhail has shown that consistency is the key to strong season in World Series, but despite this he needs to be aiming for a podium finish this weekend.

“In many ways, Robert's season must start here. He's had terrible luck so far this year, but we'll keep producing a good, fast car and I'm sure Robert will keep pushing as hard as he has been in the last three events.”

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Mikhail Aleshin - Carlin Motorsport [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
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Start of the FR3.5 season opener at Monza [pic credit: Renault Sport]
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Marlon Stockinger - Lotus [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Will Stevens - Strakka Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]
Marco Sorensen - Tech 1 Racing [pic credit: Renault Sport Media]

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