Jamie Caroline has made the switch to single-seater racing and will be competing in the MSA Formula in the upcoming season. The 17-year-old spent the past two years competing in the Ginetta Junior championship, winning the title last season.
“A year in single-seaters is the best thing for an aspiring driver,” said Caroline. “I’m still young and it would not be a wasted year. Most professional drivers have done a year in single-seaters, Jason Plato has, Andy Priaulx has and so on. It allows you to get to grips with slicks and is of benefit later in your career.”
Caroline’s title rival, Senna Proctor, turned to Clios for his 2016 season, but Caroline said that option didn’t excite him as much as the single seaters did, and he believes this will be a better chance to get his name “out there”.
Last year, Caroline tested a few times in the single seater for Jamun Racing, and was immediately on pace. It was then Jamun knew they wanted the teenager.
“We are delighted to have finally put this deal together,” said James Mundy, Jamun team manager. “We have been determined to get Jamie in our car for the 2016 season ever since we first tested him. His raw speed and natural talent is something we haven’t seen for some time. It’s a great feeling to get that buzz back.”
Caroline also tested for Fortec, but chose to move to Jamun as they will only be racing the one car this season, and so all the time will be spent on getting Caroline.
Testing will continue next month, with the first race of the championship in April.
Feature Image Credit: Caroline Rhea