Harry Tincknell switches from Fortec to Carlin for 2012 British F3 title bid
|By Ben Anderson
||Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 12:40 GMT
Harry Tincknell will switch from Fortec Motorsport to Carlin for a second season racing in British Formula 3 this year.
Tincknell, 20, suffered a potentially career-ending injury to his right hand in a testing crash with Carlin at Spa last November. He has undergone an operation and extensive physiotherapy to repair the knuckle joint, which was damaged when he hit the wall at the fast left-hander before Pouhon at 70mph.
He scored a reversed grid race win and finished 11th in the championship in his rookie season with Fortec last year. He hopes to be fit for the first official pre-season tests in March and mount a challenge for the title after officially joining the team that has run the past four British F3 champions.
"The plan is to hopefully get out on track in a junior car towards the end of the month to make sure my hand can cope with the vibrations and stresses, and then to progress from there," Tincknell said. "I'm confident that by March I will be back to top form.
"There hasn't been a British champion in British Formula 3 for too many years now - my aim is to put that right. I'm really happy to be going with Carlin: it's the sort of opportunity that no driver can refuse.
"I've visited the new factory and it's great to see Carlin's commitment and professionalism. You have only to look at their past drivers to see that the whole team is driven to succeed in this series - I want to be another of their successful names."
Tincknell joins Red Bull Junior driver Carlos Sainz Jr, the son of World Rally champion and Volkswagen ambassador Carlos Sainz Sr, and Racing Steps Foundation-backed F3 sophomore Jack Harvey in Carlin's planned five-car Dallara-VW line-up for 2012.
Team boss Trevor Carlin added: "It's great to have Harry on board with us as one of our five drivers for the 2012 season. He has impressed in all the categories in which he has competed previously and we're looking forward to testing with him and the new car shortly.
"We believe Harry is capable of fighting for victories and ultimately the championship with Carlin this year."