Carlin embarked on their LMP2 programme in 2019 competing initially in the 2019 European Le Mans Series, followed by the 2019/20 Asian Le Mans Series, with drivers Jack Manchester, Ben Barnicoat and Harry Tincknell. The British based team, which has a long relationship with Dallara through its single seater programmes, races the Dallara P217 with the operation running from Carlin’s Farnham workshop.
The team’s first year in the European Le Mans Series proved to be a steep learning curve. However, the experience gained was highlighted in the following Asian Le Mans Series, with the Thunderhead Carlin Racing team taking two wins, two poles positions and only missing out on winning the Championship by a single point. Thunderhead Carlin Racing were also awarded “Team of the Year” for its performance in the Asian Le Mans Series in the team’s first season of prototype racing.
2020 is an exciting year for the Thunderhead Carlin Racing team, recently accepting an invitation to compete at the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans with drivers Jack Manchester and Ben Barnicoat confirmed for the event. The team will also return for its second year of the European Le Mans Series, with Jack Manchester as the first driver announced.