Carlin is pleased to confirm Dion Gowda as the first driver to be announced in the team’s 2023 British F4 line-up. The announcement comes just one day after Carlin wrapped up the 2022 Teams’ Championship in the highly competitive junior series. Gowda will compete in his first season of single seater racing with the British team and has already started a thorough test programme ahead of the first round in April.
14-year-old Gowda has already been making a name for himself despite his young age. Racing in multiple kart championships the youngster has finished fourth in the ROK Cup Singapore and also competed in the X30 South East Asia Championship.
Born in India, but racing under a Singaporean flag, Gowda made the commitment to move to the UK to continue his racing career having fallen in love with the sport. Joining forces with karting legends Ricky Flynn Motorsport since the 2020 season, Gowda has been learning his craft in multiple championships.
Gowda has already begun his preparations for the 2023 ROKiTF4 British Championship certified by FIA season having embarked on a full pre-season testing programme, including simulator work at Carlin’s Farnham factory, before the opening round of the year gets underway in April at Donington Park.
Speaking about the season ahead, Gowda said, “I’m hugely excited to join Carlin for my F4 racing debut. Carlin is one of the most successful racing teams in the world, so of course I was thrilled to confirm my place with them in British F4.
“I have built a great relationship with the team already and preparations for 2023 are well underway. There will be a lot to learn in my first season stepping up from karting but I’m confident we will be competitive, and I can’t wait to go racing.”
Racing Director Trevor Carlin added, “Dion is a very promising young driver with exactly the right attitude. He’s keen to learn as much as possible at every test and has a fantastic approach both inside and outside the car. For every rookie there is a lot to learn in the first season of single seaters but we’ve no doubt that Dion will adapt well to that challenge and be a great asset to the team.”