Reigning British F3 champions Carlin will field a two car team for round two of the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship at Silverstone this weekend. Carlin’s Peter Li Zhi Cong will be joined by Russian racer Egor Orudzhev.
Orudzhev will make a one-off appearance in British F3 this weekend, when he joins Carlin at the home of British motorsport – Silverstone. The 18 year-old Russian has already made a strong start to his 2014 season, taking one podium and two fastest laps from the opening round of the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Championship. The Saint Petersburg native has also competed in the Toyota Racing Series taking eight podiums including three wins earlier this year.
Orudzhev follows in the footsteps of fellow Russians Mikhail Aleshin and Daniil Kvyat who both raced with Carlin during their junior careers. Aleshin claimed the Formula Renault 3.5 title with Carlin and now competes in the prestigious IndyCar Series. Kvyat meanwhile raced in Carlin’s FIA Formula 3 European team last year before stepping straight into a race seat at the Toro Rosso F1 Team.
Speaking about the weekend ahead, Orudzhev said, “I’m really looking forward to my first experience of a Formula 3 car this weekend. I have heard good things about F3 and I’m excited to drive the car myself at Silverstone. It has been a good start to the season for me so far, so I’m hoping that I will be competitive, even though it is my first F3 event. The main aim though is just to learn as much as possible and experience a different car to the Formula Renault. Thanks to my sponsor and Carlin for giving me the opportunity to race at Silverstone, I think we have all we need to get the most out of the weekend.”
Trevor Carlin added, “We’re very pleased to welcome Egor to team this weekend, the latest young talent to come out of Russia. We really enjoy working with young drivers and taking them through their first experience in F3. Egor has an impressive record of racing in FR2.0 and I’m sure he will get the most out of this experience this weekend.”