We’ve been all over the place recently and it’s not about to stop any time soon! In just seven days, our various teams have been in Macau, Jerez and…Norfolk and we’ll be out in Spain again next week for some more WSR testing!
We arrived back from Macau with mixed feelings; yes we did a great job and the whole team should feel extremely proud of its efforts but we missed out on the chance to really showcase our full potential at this fantastic street circuit. Racing for Fortec were our top finishers in the British F3 series William Buller and Lucas Foresti and both were desperately unlucky to run into traffic and yellow flags on their all-important hot laps in Friday’s qualifying session. Consequently the duo started well down the order for the qualifying race but neither driver was to be discouraged and they fought hard in the qualification race to secure a far stronger starting position for the Sunday’s main race. The guys did a great job with some expert driving, keeping out of trouble as they eventually wound up in sixth and seventh place in an incident-packed race on Sunday.
To gain so many places and show such strong pace inevitably makes you wonder what might have been had the drivers got some clear track on Friday, but the result is all the more encouraging given where they did qualify. One thing is for certain, the Macau GP was, as ever, a fantastic experience which provides an atmosphere that doesn’t compare with anywhere else on the F3 calendar and it’s definitely worth the journey and organisation!
The travelling doesn’t stop there – our Eurocup team headed out to Jerez on Sunday ahead of a two-day test on Monday and Tuesday. Back in England, our Formula Renault UK team drove down to Brands Hatch on Tuesday for a one-day test and are today at Donington Park for another test session, while the British F3 squad travelled down to Snetterton, joined by a BARC and an InterSteps car at the Norfolk track.
Alex Lynn may well win the award for the busiest Fortec man at the moment. The 18-year-old who will race in F3 with us next year was last week chosen for the FIA Young Driver Excellence Academy after a rigorous assessment in Vienna, he today takes part in the F3 test at Snetterton before heading off to Spain for a test in the World Series car, but there’s one thing he has to do first… You see, sandwiched in between Alex’s busy test programme is the TOCA Night of Champions where both Lynn and Oliver Rowland are to be honoured for their achievements this year. It’s set to be a fantastic night, and well, it’s not a bad way to split up a testing programme!
Joining Alex in a Fortec car will be Carlos Huertas. Both form part of a lineup of drivers who have been invited to test a Formula Renault 3.5 car at Motorland, Aragon on Monday morning. The lineup includes the top-three British F3 finishers, the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup Champion Robin Frijns and many more. While Lynn will only test on Monday, Huertas is set to test for all three days and joining Fortec on Tuesday and Wednesday will be Robin Frijns so it’s all go for us!
Oh and one more thing…we’ve got a fancy iphone app, two in fact…If you’re having racing withdrawal symptoms and you miss the noise of being at a race track, or you’ve never been and want to know what it sounds like download the Pocket Fortec app. For those of you that just want to be kept up to date with all the latest Fortec news, download our free Fortec Motorsports app. Links to both apps can be found to the right of this post.
Stay tuned for more news….we might fit one more blog in before December when we’ll really have to face up to the fact that Christmas is almost upon us…we even had our first Christmas card this week!