Eastwood, from Belfast, Northern Ireland, has built an impressive resume over the past 10 years, predominantly in GT and Endurance competition. During this time, he became the 2017 Porsche Carrera Cup Great Britain champion, 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup (Pro-Am) champion and won the European Le Mans Series – LMP2 Pro-Am in 2022, as well as the Asian Le Mans Series - LMP2 earlier this year. He has also held several reserve and development driver roles.
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"I’m absolutely buzzing to drive the GEN3 car at the Berlin Rookie Test," says the 27-year-old. "I’ve been fortunate enough to attend some of the races earlier this season, and I really like the championship. I love the complexity of the series, as well as the car itself. I’ve had a taste of it on the simulator and I am sure there will be a lot to learn on the day. I’m super excited and can’t wait to work with the team."
Browning, from Kingsley, in the UK, is the 2022 Autosport BRDC Award winner. In his short career, he’s already clinched the F4 British Championship in 2020, as well as the 2022 GB3 Championship.
"I’m really looking forward to be jumping into the NEOM McLaren Formula E car," says the 21-year-old. "I’m grateful for the opportunity to gain some experience in very different machinery than usual. I’ll be looking to pick up as much as I can from the successful and experienced team I will be surrounded by. It will be a different style of driving compared to what I’m used to – I don’t doubt I have a lot to learn, but I’m eager to pick it up as quickly as possible. I'm really looking forward to the 24th!"
"I am happy to be able to host an official rookie test again this season," adds Team Principal Ian James. "It is a good way for us as teams to give talent the opportunity to get a taste of the Gen3 machinery, while being able to evaluate them at the same time. Our line-up is an exciting combination of Charlie, who we’ve been working closely together with for a while now, and Luke, who is an emerging talent. It will be great to see both of them out on track. "It's good to see significant interest in the series, from both up-and-coming talent, as well as established drivers."