Following a solid debut weekend in the 2019 European Le Mans Championship Thunderhead Carlin Racing are fired up for the next event in the competitive championship with the 4 Hours of Monza just around the corner. The second round of the season will see British racers Jack Manchester and Ben Barnicoat return to the cockpit of their Dallara P217 while Harry Tincknell joins the team for the first time this season having missed out on the opening round of the season, in Paul Ricard, due to prior racing commitments.
The 4 Hours of Monza race this upcoming Sunday will see the three talented Thunderhead Carlin Racing drivers take to the iconic Italian circuit for four hours of frenetic racing. However, preparation has already begun in earnest with a two-day test last week taking place for the British squad – this great foundation was built upon with a further pre-season test day yesterday around the Italian track. The team will now have a day to continue their preparation before heading out for free practice one on Friday ahead of the race weekend.
Manchester said, “I’m really looking forward to the weekend! Monza has always been a personal favourite of mine, and it’s great to finally have Harry with us too. He’s a great guy with a wealth of experience which will be invaluable this weekend. As a team, we’re looking to learn race-by-race and move forward together in our debut season. We’ll see what the weekend brings!”
Barnicoat said, “I’m feeling very excited and confident heading into round two at Monza. The first race was a big learning curve for us all so having that experience behind us will be huge in helping us move forward this weekend as I’m hoping we will get some decent points on the board with a solid top ten finish. It’s great to finally have Harry in the car with us now who will be partnering myself and Jack for the remainder of the season.”
Tincknell said of joining the team, “I’m really looking forward to making my debut for Thunderhead Carlin racing this weekend at Monza. It’s been six years since I last raced for Carlin and I am incredibly excited to be back. The whole team did a great job at Paul Ricard; setting up such a big program in a short amount of team is no mean feat and to come away from the first race fully reliable and with important experienced gained was a great start. We are looking to push on this weekend and have already had some positive testing since Paul Ricard. Jack, Ben and I have been working hard on the simulator and the team have also been flat out since the first race. There’s a lot of potential to come and I am sure we will see another good step forward this weekend.”
Qualifying for the 4 Hours of Monza will take place on Saturday before the race itself gets underway on Sunday at midday.