13 Feb Fortec Announce Huge Formula Renault NEC Entry
Top British team Fortec Motorsports announce biggest ever entry for the 2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup.
Reigning Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) Champions, Fortec Motorsports are today announcing the largest entry in the team’s championship history, expanding on their 2012 successes with a four car ‘Fortec Motorsports’ entry and a four car ‘Fortec Competition’ entry into the popular European one-make series.
Last season saw Jake Dennis wrap up the title and in the process scoop the highly coveted McLaren Autosport award too. His team-mates in 2012, Shahann Enginner and Josh Hill, also had promising campaigns, both finishing inside the top 10 standings.
Entering under the ‘Fortec Competion’ banner is Roman Beregech, Ryan Tveter, Alfonso Celis and Seb Morris. The ‘Fortec Motorsports’ entry will also field a four-car team with Philo Armand, Shahaan Engineer, Matt Parry and Jack Aitken.
Jamie Dye, Team Manager commented:
“With the UK single-seater scene in a state of flux, but demand from drivers still high, it made sense for us to expand our operations further into Europe. Our European F3 team continues to grow and we want to feed it with European young blood. Back in the UK, Formula Renault BARC is also getting bigger every year and we hope this continues and will grow further to assist Formula 3 too. Our ultimate goal is to create a platform for drivers to grow and develop their career with us from the moment they step out of a kart. Today’s news shows we’ve got the structure in place to do just that.”
Russian Roman Beregech moves to Fortec for a second season in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup .The 24-year-old will be hoping to use his knowledge of European circuits to contend the championship title.
Ryan Tveter, originally from New York, advances to the NEC after contesting a partial season in North America’s Star Mazda Championship in 2012. The 18-year-old is looking forward to a new Challenge.
Alfonso Celis moves into the Northern European Cup after a successful 2012 season in the Formula BMW Talent Cup where he finished fifth overall. Celis showed he not only has single-seater talent, but that he can also perform in endurance racing when he won the 24 hours of Mexico in 2012.
Ginetta-backed Seb Morris made a name for himself in the BTCC-supporting Ginetta Junior series, which he dominated in 2011. Last year saw Morris move into the hotly-contested Protyre Formula Renault BARC Championship with Fortec, where he finished third overall in the championship. Come Winter, and Morris was victorious in the 2012 Protyre Formula Renault BARC Winter Series, securing an outstanding third car racing title in as many years – and his first single-seater crown in his first season in single seaters.
Philo Armand graduates to the NEC after a strong showing in his rookie single-seater outing in the Formula Renault BARC Winter Series. The 16-year-old is one of the youngest to contest the championship but recent tests have show he has the pace and drive to be a real contender.
Indian racer Shahann Engineer remains with Fortec for the 2013 Formula Renault NEC after a successful debut season in single-seaters last year, finishing seventh overall in the NEC standings. Engineer achieved double poles mid-season and strong finishes along the way, including back to back podiums, giving him the strength and experience to attack from the start of the new season.
Reigning 2012 Intersteps champion Matt Parry graduates into the Formula Renault 2.0 NEC for the third year of his single-seater racing career and is yet another strong contender for the title.
Fellow Brit, Jack Aitken also remains with Fortec for a second year. Aitken moves into the Formula Renault NEC after a successful 2012 Intersteps season with the team, where he finished third overall in the championship.
2013 will be the eighth season of the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, and it will compromise a seven-weekend calendar. The first round will take place on 7th April in Hockenheim.
Ryan Tveter, Fortec Competition:
“I am thrilled to be joining Fortec for this very important year in my career. The Northern European Cup is definitely going to be a challenge. It’s my first full season of racing and my first year racing in Europe, and the high level of competition in NEC will be an excellent learning opportunity for me. The team is absolutely fantastic. The people are amazing and they have great resources and results. I’m looking forward to learning as much as I can. Fortec has high expectations and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
Shahann Engineer, Fortec Motorsports:
“I’m pleased to have re-signed with Fortec for this year, I had a great first season in cars with the guys last year and I know we can build strongly on that this season. The new car will obviously be a fresh challenge but one I’m really looking forward to, it should be an exciting year.”
Jack Aitken, Fortec Motorsports:
“It’s brilliant that I’m going to be spending another season racing with Fortec racing in the Formula Renault NEC Championship,” said Jack. “Fortec have a reputation for success which I intend to live up to this year, and I’m sure the team will be behind me every step of the way!”