Leading single-seater race team, Fortec Motorsports, have today announced their intention to expand into GT racing, and are currently evaluating different options in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
After seventeen years of success in single-seater racing, guiding young stars including Heikki Kovalainen and Juan Pablo Montoya on their way to bright careers in the sport, Fortec are now looking at options to expand operations into GT racing.
The Daventry-based team are intending to run a pair of Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 race cars, which would see them further extend relations with long-term Formula 3 engine partner, Mercedes, in either the Blancpain Endurance Series or Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
Leading race engineer Trevor Foster, previously a Team Manager for Fortec in the British Formula 3 from 1994 to 1996, has been confirmed to return to run the new GT team. Trevor, who is based in the UK, has vast experience in the motorsport industry from working with the BAR Honda F1 team, Zytek Engineering and, most recently, GT team United Autosports as a consultant race engineer on their Audi R8 LMS and McLaren MP4-12c GT3 in the Blancpain Endurance Series and Avon Tyres British GT Championship.
The decision to move the team into sports car racing comes off the back of an extremely successful season, where the team took three titles, most notably the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series with Robin Frijns, who has recently joined the Sauber F1 team as a reserve driver for the 2013 season.
Richard Dutton, Team Owner:
“I’m extremely pleased to be getting into GT racing. It’s a big step from single-seater racing but I’m confident we’re ready for it and having Trevor on board to look after the team will be a great start. We have worked with SRO, who organise the Blancpain and British GT championship, for many years in British Formula 3 and are looking forward to strengthening our relationship. Running the AMG SLS GT3 Mercedes was an obvious choice; we have a great relationship with the manufacturer and have used their engines for numerous years in our Formula 3 cars. This expansion marks a new chapter for the team and we can’t wait to get started.”
With all options still being considered, any interested parties are invited to get in contact over the coming weeks and contact the team by calling the main office on 01327 879999.
Source British GT
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