It’s been a crazy few weeks for the Fortec family, with teams all over the place and it’s nearly December…we don’t know where the time has gone!
First of all let’s bring you up to speed on the Finals Series action from last weekend. The Finals Series is extremely demanding; with nine cars running and two races per day, the whole team worked flat out to ensure that all cars were prepped and ready to go. Arriving back at base on Sunday after Snetterton, the Renault mechanics had less than 48 hours before they were heading up the road to Rockingham for two days of testing ahead of Friday’s free practice and the final two rounds of the series on Saturday.
We arrived at Rockingham with healthy leads in both the 2.0 and the BARC classes. Much of the talk at Snetterton surrounded Josh Hill, who was blisteringly quick at the Norfolk track, taking four poles from four but it was Oliver Rowland who led after the first weekend having taken victory in three of the four races. It’s been a fantastic few months for Ollie and it’s great to see him develop as a racer, while it was lovely to see Josh Hill show his true talents and take his maiden FRUK victory. As Fortec’s sole representative in the BARC class, Archie Hamilton did a stellar job at Snett, but things didn’t quite go to plan for the 20-year-old at Rockingham.
We all said that consistency would be the key to Finals Series victory and it proved heartbreakingly true for Archie who missed out on the title by just three points to Victor Jimenez. Archie was taken out in the final race and as the calculations were made, Victor’s consistent high finishes secured him the title, despite not taking victory in any of the six races. It’s a tough result, but that’s racing and the team takes heart from its strong performances throughout the series.
In the 2.0 Class, the team has enjoyed a fantastic year and what better way to top it off than Rowland winning the title with a race to go and Josh Hill leading home a Fortec 1-2-3 in the final race of the Series. When a team works so tirelessly, it’s great to see them rewarded.
The last racing of the year takes place this weekend in Macau and it’s set to be a thriller! It’s always a great event, with 30 cars taking to the street circuit and we’re in with a good shot this year with Will Buller and Lucas Foresti both having enjoyed strong British F3 seasons. They’ve both raced in Macau before and Will won there in Formula BMW so they’re both familiar with the track. The one big issue for Macau is the time difference – the British F3 guys are used to racing in the UK and Europe where the time zones don’t vary much, but Macau is a whole eight hours ahead of us which takes a bit of getting used to. That’s why the team made it out there nice and early to acclimatise, soak up the atmosphere and get prepped for what’s sure to be an action-packed weekend.
We’re already well into preparations for next year – the exciting and the not so exciting…the exciting is we have lots of testing planned – next up is the Eurocup guys who are heading out to Jerez for a test on Sunday. Then there’s you guys – our lovely fans, it’s always great to hear from you and we’ve had lots of e-mails and letters from you recently! Rest assured you’ll be hearing from us soon, complete with autograph cards for you all! The not so exciting is all the logistics – everything needs to be organised well in advance to ensure that it all runs smoothly and when you’re as big a team as we are, it pays to be the early bird!
There’s no signs of anything calming down in the near future and it may well be our Christmas Party before we get everyone in the same country for more than a couple of hours!