Introducing Thunderhead Carlin Racing

Jack Manchester, Thunderhead and Carlin Racing are pleased to announce the full driver line-up racing under the new Thunderhead Carlin Racing banner for the 2019 European Le Mans Series, with fellow British drivers Harry Tincknell and Ben Barnicoat joining Jack at the wheel of the Dallara P217 LMP2.

As Harry Tincknell will miss the opening round, the very talented Olivier Pla will join the team next week in Le Castellet.

Jack, the first driver announced in Carlin’s debut LMP2 programme, said,

I am very excited to be racing with Ben and Harry, two incredibly talented fellow British drivers. We all get on extremely well, already there is a great team spirit and to get the opportunity to race with Olivier at Paul Ricard is a real bonus. It is going to be an exciting debut season for Thunderhead Carlin Racing.

Barnicoat added, “I’m delighted to be joining Thunderhead Carlin Racing for the 2019 European Le Mans series season. I’m extremely grateful to both Thunderhead and Trevor Carlin for giving me this opportunity to test my skills in the Dallara LMP2 machinery against some of the best drivers out there. I’ve been close with Carlin for many years but never had the opportunity to represent the team, I am extremely excited. I have great team mates in both Jack, who’s progressing rapidly, and Harry, who I am a big fan of and greatly respect, so I’m confident we will be a force to be reckoned with.”

Tincknell, who will race for the team from Monza onwards, said, “I can’t wait to get started with Thunderhead Carlin Racing at Monza. Jack and I are good friends and he’s really going places in sportscars, while Ben is already very established. As a trio, and with Carlin’s pedigree, we have an exciting year ahead! It’s great to be back racing with the team that guided and coached me back in my Formula 3 years, I wouldn’t be where I am now without them. I am sure Carlin’s debut sportscar season in the Thunderhead colours will be the start of something very special.”

Substituting for the opening race, Pla said, “I am looking forward to joining Thunderhead Carlin Racing for their debut in endurance racing in the ELMS championship and sharing the car with Jack and Ben. It will be a new experience for most of the team and I look forward to helping them in Harry’s absence.”

Team Principal Trevor Carlin said, “Together we have created an exciting team of drivers. Jack, who is a very promising driver at the start of his career in sportscars, will have a great mentor in Harry who we know from our days together in Formula Three. Similarly, Ben is an extremely exciting driver who has made a big impact in testing and we have the best super sub you could wish for in Olivier for the first round. It’s going to be an exciting season.”

Follow Jack on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for updates as he prepares for his on-track debut in the Thunderhead Carlin Racing Dallara P217 at Circuit Paul Ricard in Le Castellet, France next week.

22 Apr 2018 Round 2 / Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup


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