Former Formula 3 racer Emil Bernstorff will graduate to the GP3 Series this season, partnering Macau champion Alex Lynn at Carlin.
The Anglo-Danish pilot moves up after taking 3rd overall in the German F3 Cup with Lotus, while also having scored a podium at the Zandvoort Masters with Prema Powerteam.
Bernstorff tested with the Carlin GP3 team at the tail end of last year, paving the way for a step up the ladder. According to Bernstorff’s presser: “Carlin is a team I have admired for many years and it is great to be racing with them this season. I’m now looking forward to the official testing which starts at the end of March. Until then, we will be working hard to make sure we are well prepared for the first race.”
The 20-year-old from Middlesex in England has taken something of an unusual route to GP3. Having begun car racing in the British Formula Ford Championship in 2010, Bernstorff swapped England for Germany where he finished runner-up in the ADAC Formula Masters category.
A move up to the Formula 3 Euro Series in 2012 (which also included the FIA European F3 Championship) saw the then ma-con driver take a podium at the Norisring on his way to 10th in the standings. However Bernstorff surprised many when he assumed a backward step to the German F3 Cup last year, albeit with the Motopark-run Lotus squad.