Tveter to remain in FIA F3 with Carlin for 2016

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Rising American motorsport talent Ryan Tveter will remain in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship for a second year in 2016.

Tveter made his debut in the series with Carlin at the beginning of 2015 and recorded a best finish of ninth across the course of the season at points-scoring events.

Tveter also finished seventh at the Zandvoort Masters F3 Invitational event in September, as well as racing in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix at the end of the year.

The 21-year-old of Oyster Bay, New York will now spend a second year in F3 with Carlin, and is relishing the opportunity to build on the lessons learned from his rookie season.

“My rookie year in FIA F3 was only my third full season in any kind of motorsport, so I’m very excited to continue to work with Carlin, Volkswagen and Dallara for a second season of FIA F3 in 2016,” Tveter said.

“I learned a huge amount this year, and often there were only a couple tenths separating me and my teammate, Antonio [Giovinazzi], who was this year’s vice champion. Finding those last few tenths is a combination of hard and soft skills that comes with experience and letting the car do its work — not overdriving.

“I’m probably most happy with the progress we’ve made in that respect. Carlin and I have built a strong foundation together, and that’s been showing in winter testing, where I’ve been consistently at the front. I’m really looking forward to next season and the continuity of a second year with a great team.”

Team boss Trevor Carlin added: “A development year in FIA F3 is always tough, but I don’t think we’ve ever seen such a competitive season with as many serious incidents as 2015.

“Ryan was on pace, with some very close qualifying sessions and some spectacular starts during the season, and he did an excellent job of pushing forward. He managed continuous improvement despite some major setbacks, and showed the grit and professionalism we expect from drivers at this level.

“We are extremely happy to welcome Ryan back for 2016 and expect his results to match the potential he demonstrated throughout the year.”