Winter is here and Christmas is nearly upon us – that means three things for us here at Fortec. One, a last dose of winter testing before the Christmas break, two, a bit of a re-paint, and three, it’s nearly time for the Christmas party…we know that one of those is sliiiightly less exciting than the other two, but the boys made it fun all the same.
We and the drivers have had our fair share of early Christmas presents, but they keep on coming with some great results from our last test in Valencia. It hardly felt like Christmas out there though, with temperatures up in the late teens, while back home in Daventry it’s felt positively arctic at times!
A whole host of Fortec cars headed out to Valencia this week for some valuable testing time. Out on track were the British F3 cars and they were joined by the Formula Renault 2.0s and a couple of BARC cars. We’re not going to lie, we had a pretty phenomenal test out in Spain – a great end to an incredible 2011.
Why so great? Well let’s start with the F3s; Alex Lynn finished as the fastest man of all on the third and final day of testing out in Valencia. The youngster finished just under one-and-a-half tenths clear of Carlos Sainz Junior, with Felix Serralles in fourth place and the pair has been impressively consistent all week, mixing it up with the more experienced F3 drivers and we’re very proud of them for doing such a great job and keeping the focus in the run-up to Christmas!
The Renault 2.0s had a similarly impressive week, and they have one more day’s testing today. So far, Oliver Rowland has been the best of the bunch, finishing top of the timesheets in both sessions, leading a Fortec one-two from Mikko Pakari in the first session, and heading an impressive 1-2-3-4-5…7(!) on Tuesday.
If you missed it, this week saw the announcement of another driver for 2012. We’re delighted to welcome Mikko Pakari to the team for next year. The young Finn will make the step up from karting to race in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup team in 2012. He’s been remarkably quick in testing and we’re really excited to see what he can do next year.
Back home in Daventry…
While you could be forgiven for wondering if the drivers out there in Valencia know it’s Christmas time at all (apologies, couldn’t resist), the Christmas cards and chocolates have been pouring in (sorry boys, we’ve eaten them all now…even the Turkish Delights have been gobbled up) and although the guys haven’t had any cars to prep, they certainly haven’t been slacking. Oh no, Christmas time back at base means it’s time for a re-paint – it’s no fun, but racing can’t be fun ALL the time – to some fabulous Christmas songs and some quite remarkable renditions from the lads….Last Christmas was particularly special and had we had a video recorder to hand, we could well have released it and really given ‘Little Mix’ and others in contention for Christmas number one a serious run for their money.
That’s about it from us for this week…This time next week we’ll be recovering from the Christmas Party, when we’ll finally all be together again after a manic month!
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