Carlin is pleased to confirm that John Bennett joins the team for the upcoming 2023 GB3 Championship season. British racer Bennett took his maiden podium in the competitive championship at the last round at Donington off the back of a strong year which saw his consistency rewarded with eighth in the overall standings. The 19-year-old joins Carlin for the upcoming season, marking only his second year racing in single seater cars.
Prior to racing in the GB3 Championship, Bennett had a fantastic season competing in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge. A brilliant showing of five race victories and ten podiums saw him crowned the 2021 Vice Champion in only his second year of car racing. Following his success, Bennett made the switch to single seater racing in 2021.
Bennett took his experience of British racetracks from his Ginetta racing and applied it well to his maiden season with the Tatuus MSV-022chassis. Proving his consistency, Bennett was a frequent top five finisher and collected regular points to secure his position of eighth in the GB3championship. A podium in the final round at Donington further highlighted his great form as the championship concluded.
Bennett has already been testing with the team in a string of post-2022 test days as he looks to prepare himself for the upcoming season and get to know the team further. Visiting the factory, he has also spent time on the Carlin simulator as he aims to build on the solid foundations he set this year.
Bennett said of the upcoming season, “I'm really excited to be joining Carlin for the upcoming 2023 GB3 season, they are one of the most prestigious teams in motorsport and their history of success within this championship, and many others, is undeniable. My goal for next year will be to win the championship - I am very confident that I will have everything at my disposal to be able achieve this and I can't wait get racing again next year! In the meantime, we will be undergoing a strong winter testing programme to ensure that we are in the best possible position to hit the ground running at round one.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin added, “We are thrilled to welcome John to the team for the 2023 season. John had a strong 2022 season and it was great to see him pick up that podium in the final round – he has shown a clear consistency and we have no doubt he can continue this momentum into next season.”
Bennett will continue pre-season testing with the team before the season gets underway April next year at Oulton Park over the annual Easter Weekend opening round.