Zac O’Sullivan will join the BRDC British Formula 3 championship with Carlin after a successful maiden season with the team in the 2020 British Formula 4 championship.
15-year-old Brit has announced that he will be continuing with British based outfit, Carlin, graduating from British F4 to British F3 after an impressive first season in single-seater racing.
In O’Sullivan’s rookie season he took 9 race wins, 18 podiums and 3 pole positions. He ended his season finishing 2nd in the standings after an action-packed championship final at Brands Hatch. He was a mere 4 points behind the season champion and fellow Brit Luke Browning.
Carlin has had a successful season in both British F4 and British F3, taking the 2020 championship in F3 with Kaylen Frederick and the Formula 4 Vice-Championship with O’Sullivan. He is the team’s first driver to be announced for the 2021 season.
Speaking on the upcoming season O’Sullivan has said: “My long-term goal is to reach Formula One and after a successful first season together, I’m delighted to be staying with Carlin as I take my next step towards that aim. I’ve already had three tests in the car and have really enjoyed it every time. It’s a sizeable step up from the F4 car and I always enjoy jumping into something quicker.
“On the face of it, the calendar is quite similar to last year but we get to run on the GP versions of circuits and we also go to Spa, which will be really cool. I’m really looking forward to that – I’ve driven it a lot on sims but never raced on it in real life. Last year went really well with Carlin and I’m looking forward to continuing that.”
The team’s CEO, Trevor Carlin, has said: “We are thrilled to keep Zak in the Carlin family and take him to the British Formula Three Championship where he will doubtless hit the ground running. He’s already been impressive in winter testing and has used everything he’s learnt in his brilliant debut season in 2020 and is applying that knowledge in the more powerful British F3 car. I can’t wait to see what he can achieve in 2021.”