Rodin Carlin have become the second team to secure their line-up for the inaugural F1 Academy season. The British squad confirmed that Megan Gilkes will be partnering Jessica Edgar and Abbi Pulling for the upcoming campaign.
Canadian racer Gilkes moved into single-seaters in 2017, finishing third and second overall in consecutive seasons of the Canadian Formula 1200 Championship. In 2019, Gilkes competed in W Series, winning the non-Championship race in Assen and becoming the series’ youngest-ever race winner.
Last year, the 22-year-old raced in the UK’s GB4 Championship, claiming two wins and a further podium finish on her way to sixth in the Standings.
Reflecting on her move to F1 Academy, Gilkes said that joining a highly successful team like Rodin Carlin was an incredible opportunity.
“I’m thrilled to announce that I will be driving this season for Rodin Carlin in the inaugural F1 Academy series. I can't wait to take my learnings from racing in GB4 last season into this exciting new international venture backed by Formula One. The opportunity to join a truly world class team with a fantastic winning record across multiple junior formulae is amazing, and I can't wait to get started.
“I want to thank Rodin Carlin and my sponsors for making this possible, and I will be proudly carrying the Maple Leaf to recognize the support I’ve received from Canada. Between now and the first event, when I’m not engineering at work with Aston Martin F1, I will be doing everything I can to make this coming season my most successful so far.”
Alongside racing, Gilkes also works for the Aston Martin F1 Team as a trackside support engineer during her placement year at university.
Team Principal Stephanie Carlin added, “Megan is a fantastic signing to the team. She is a proven racer on track with race wins to her name and also brings an off-track element that I think will really help the team from a set-up and engineering perspective. She is a true professional and together with Abbi and Jess we have a great combination of strengths and talent within the team that really creates the full package.”