Tom Blomqvist joins Carlin for 2014 Formula 3 European Championship
|By Marcus Simmons||Monday, January 20th 2014, 10:00 GMT|
British-born Formula 3 ace Tom Blomqvist will line up with Carlin for this season's Formula 3 European Championship.
The 20-year-old Anglo-Swede, who has lost his place on the Red Bull Junior scheme, is part of a new trio of drivers to join the Hampshire-based team, along with Italian Antonio Giovinazzi and Indonesian Sean Gelael.
British F3 runner-up Giovinazzi, 20, and Gelael, 17, undertook their maiden F3 seasons with Double R Racing last year.
The duo ran in the colours of fast-food giant KFC, one of the Gelael family's big business interests in Indonesia.
Now Blomqvist, Giovinazzi and Gelael will be run under a new banner - Jagonya Ayam with Carlin - in their Dallara-Volkswagens. 'Jagonya ayam' is Indonesian for 'tasty chicken'.
They join former McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award winner Jake Dennis and reigning European F3 Open champion Ed Jones in the Carlin squad, with British F3 champion Jordan King expected to complete the team.
Team boss Trevor Carlin said: "We feel the combination of experience and potential of Jagonya Ayam with Carlin can compete for championship honours.
"This is a massive commitment from the sponsor and we are proud to be chosen as the team to take Sean, Tom and Antonio forwards in their careers."
Blomqvist has contested two seasons in European F3, both with small teams, beginning with Ma-Con Motorsport in 2012 and then with EuroInternational last year.
He was the Formula Renault UK champion in 2010.