Pasma steps up to British F4 with Carlin after successful first season in Fford 1600
Finnish driver Patrik Pasma will drive for Carlin in the F4 British Championship this season after moving up from a year in Formula Ford 1600.
The 17-year-old Finn drove a Mygale SJ08 for Enigma Motorsport in the BRSCC FF1600 National Championship and at the Formula Ford Festival and Walter Hayes Trophy. Pasma is the first driver confirmed to race for Carlin in the championship this season after testing extensively with the team before Christmas. “I’m pleased to be racing this season for Carlin,” said Pasma. “It is obviously obviouslyy a good step for me to take and is a competitive championship with great circuits and a strong field. I look forward to seeing what we can achieve as a team. Testing has been going well so we look to continue that ahead of the first round at Brands Hatch.”
Carlin won the 2016 F4 title with Max Fewtrell, who will race in the Formula Renault Eurocup this year. step up from the Lotus championships that can put our drivers on the path to Le Mans, and British GT is logical.
“We could have stayed with Lotus or Aston Martin, but we wanted one of the new generation cars and I like the fact that the Mclaren is heavily detuned [from the road version]. In the past we’ve had to pay out for performance upgrades, but if Mclaren want to make the 570S GT4 faster, it’s a more simple process so it’s future proofed for a good few years.
“As a team both drivers work very well. They’ve raced against each other for the same team and have shared data before. Adam Mackay is a really exciting prospect and his move from single-seaters to GTS has been exceptional. Adam Balon is a very disciplined, intelligent driver, who rarely makes mistakes.
“This is a two-year programme for us, but we want to acquit ourselves well and challenge for podiums and the GT4 championship.”