Pasma steps up to Bri­tish F4 with Carlin af­ter suc­cess­ful first sea­son in Fford 1600

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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.”

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