Carlin set to withdraw from GP2 Series for 2017 season

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Carlin is poised to end its program in the GP2 Series ahead of the 2017 season in order to focus on other racing commitments.

Carlin has raced in GP2 since 2011 as part of its extensive junior racing interests that also sees it field teams in FIA Formula 3 and Indy Lights, with a future move up to IndyCar also being mooted.

Team boss Trevor Carlin has helped to further the career of many young drivers, including IndyCar’s Max Chilton and Mikhail Aleshin, recent F1 racers Rio Haryanto and Felipe Nasr, plus up-and-comers Lando Norris and Devlin DeFrancesco.

However, Carlin’s GP2 operation will no longer continue into the 2017 season, with the team not appearing on the series’ website under the list of entered teams for the new campaign.

Autosport reported earlier this week that a source from within Carlin had said: “We’ve come to a point where we have fulfilled our contract with GP2 Series, a championship in which we have enjoyed great success including numerous podiums, race wins, and been championship contenders.

“The time has now come to move on to focus on other areas of our race programs.”

Carlin has already firmed up one of its seats in Indy Lights for 2017, with Garth Rickards joining the team.