Carlin pulls out of Formula V8 3.5 to focus on GP2

Carlin has withdrawn from this year's Formula V8 3.5 Championship, the British team has announced

Carlin pulls out of Formula V8 3.5 to focus on GP2

The outfit took Mikhail Aleshin and Robert Wickens to Formula Renault 3.5 drivers' titles in 2010 and '11 and fielded the likes of Sebastian Vettel, Kevin Magnussen and Jean-Eric Vergne since entering the series when it was known as the World Series by Nissan in 2003.

After sitting out the 2014 season, it returned with Tom Dillmann and Sean Gelael last year, with Dillmann taking two podium finishes.

Carlin took part in post-season Formula V8 3.5 tests with drivers including Dean Stoneman, Ben Barnicoat, Jake Hughes and Pietro Fittipaldi, but without any drivers signed has elected to leave the series and focus on its GP2 programme.

"We thank Jaime Alguersauri and all at RPM for their hard work and support over the years," Trevor Carlin said.

"Counting many of those colleagues as friends we wish them the very best of luck with the series in 2016.

"In the current market we're seeing that drivers at the top end of the sport are limited and we have taken the decision to put all our efforts into the GP2 Series.

"With a strengthened team for 2016 GP2 will be our absolute focus as our headline formula in Europe."

One of three teams yet to confirm GP2 drivers for the 2016 season, Carlin ran Marvin Kirchhofer and Will Buller in Wednesday's first day of pre-season testing, with Rene Binder taking over from Buller today.

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