So in our first blog we told you what a demanding life being a racing driver can be – even in the off-season, and last week further proved that! It’s not just a case of the main seasons being over and now we can all sit back and relax until next season…the team and our drivers want to excel in every Formula that we compete in; we and the drivers are hugely competitive and want to be in the best possible position for next season and the best way to do that is to get back out on-track!
We all know the saying ‘practice makes perfect’…and that’s what we’ve been doing – practicing and practicing and practicing! Last week, almost every Fortec team was out testing – Alex Lynn collected his Formula Renault 2.0 UK Championship trophy in Oxford on Saturday night and on Monday morning he was at Rockingham Motor Speedway for another British F3 test, following on from a really successful test at the ever-popular Monza circuit. Scott Pye – who is currently trying to secure financial backing for the 2012 F3 season with us – joined the Fortec team on the Monday and thoroughly enjoyed his day while Lynn spent two days out on track, gleaning as much information from the car as possible as he looks to prepare himself as well as possible for the step up to F3 next year.
Lynn had one day’s rest and was then straight back in the cockpit for another two-day test at Silverstone. This time, the FRUK Champion was joined by a number of Formula Renault cars as the team looked to gain more experience in preparation for the Formula Renault UK Finals Series which begin at Snetterton this coming weekend. Although the dreary conditions were less than pleasant for the teams and drivers, they were in fact ideal preparation for the Finals Series as we’ve accepted that our Indian Summer is well and truly over…the heatwave of Brands is now a distant memory…maybe the name change from Winter Series to Finals Series was partly in the hope of having less wintry weather, we’ll see if it has any effect! The Formula Renault BARC guys, who will be taking part in the BARC Finals Series across the same two weekends, were also in action on Friday as the team headed down to Brands Hatch for a one-day test at the Kent circuit.
Rain in Spain came as something of a surprise to the World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 teams who were testing in Aragon on Thursday and Friday last week, compromising the testing sessions somewhat but today is looking a lot brighter in Motorland as F3 star Lucas Foresti tries out a Fortec WSbR 3.5 car at the Motorland circuit.