Formula BMW graduate Jack Harvey will join Carlin for the 2011 British F3 International Series, it was announced today. The 17 year-old will follow in the footsteps of fellow Racing Steps Foundation drivers Oliver Turvey and James Calado, who have both raced and won races with Carlin in British F3.
Harvey finished this year's Formula BMW Europe championship as vice-champion following an intensely close fight with eventual champion Robin Frijns. The Racing Steps man racked up an impressive 13 podiums, 7 race wins, 8 pole positions and 7 fastest laps in a title fight that went down to the final race of the season in Monza.
This year, Harvey makes the step up to British F3 and will have his first experience of F3 machinery this week at Pembrey with Carlin. Harvey's signing with Carlin marks the fourth year of the team's relationship with the Racing Steps Foundation - a benevolent foundation established to sponsor and support young British racing talent.
Carlin's record in British F3 is a formidable one. In 2010, the team claimed 20 race victories and its sixth F3 title with Red Bull Junior Jean-Eric Vergne. All six of Carlin's 2010 drivers have finished on the podium at least once this season and four have taken a race victory.
Speaking about his new team, Harvey said, "Carlin's history speaks for itself, it's probably the best team in F3. All you can ask for as a driver is to be part of a good team so I want to thank the Racing Steps Foundation for their support again next season and for putting me with Carlin. The step up to F3 from FBMW is probably the largest of my career, but I know that the levels of professionalism within Carlin are very high and they give drivers such a good package that we will be competitive from the start."
Speaking about the newest signing to the Carlin team, Trevor Carlin said, "We're delighted and very proud that the Racing Steps Foundation has once again chosen Carlin as the team to look after one of their most promising drivers. Through our involvement in GP3 on the F1 support calendar, we've been able to watch Jack's racing first hand in Formula BMW and have seen some incredible drives from him this season. This year will very much be a learning curve for him; the jump from Formula BMW to F3 is quite considerable, but we've no doubt that Jack has the natural talent to be able to adapt very quickly."
Harvey will take part in his first Formula 3 test on Thursday 30th September at the Pembrey circuit in South Wales.