Leading British motorsport squad, Carlin Racing, have announced a new academy programme to focus on developing young drivers.
Well known for nurturing talent throughout the years – including the likes of Kevin Magnussen, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniil Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne amongst others – the Farnham-based team have decided to formalise the process.
Headed by former racing driver turned commentator Tom Gaymor, the Carlin Academy intends to focus on developing drivers’ on track capabilities, alongside their education commitments, as they aim to take their first step onto the single-seater ladder.
Operating from the team’s facilities at Pembrey, the programme sets out to train young drivers about the machinations of braking and steering under the steady guide of engineer Stefan de Groot.
From there, academy members will partake in a simulator programme, before taking track sessions at the Pembrey circuit.
According to Gaymor, the desire to support young drivers through their key years was pivotal to starting the Academy. ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for drivers to learn as much as they possibly can during the time that they spend with us. Our aim is to take a young driver and deliver to them the necessary learning programmes in order to support them at being as good as they can possibly be.’
Gaymor added: ‘Having the Academy within Carlin means that we are able to welcome these young drivers into the Carlin family from a younger age and allow them to work closely with engineers, develop relationships and skills to take them further; giving them long term development and stability which will in turn provide a great platform for high performance’
Team boss Trevor Carlin also noted: ‘The motorsport industry can be quite daunting, but the aim of the Academy is to assist and equip young drivers with the skills they need to step into single-seater motorsport. We hope that this will be something that continues and produces some great talents over the coming years.’
Drivers will be announced shortly.