Fortec firms up drivers for double Mercedes squad

 Fortec Motorsports are pleased to confirm Benji Hetherington and Ollie Hancockwill drive the #15 Fortec Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 this weekend at Oulton Park. Driving the #14 Mercedes will be Jason Minshaw and ELMS race winner, James Walker.

Young guns Hetherington and Hancock last raced in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship at Silverstone in 2012, when Hetherington was driving a Porsche 997 GT3 R for Motorbase with Steve Parish and Hancock stood-in for the injured Olly Bryant at Ecurie Ecosse. Hancock had the better weekend then, taking a second-place finish alongside Alasdair McCaig in the team’s BMW Z4 GT3.

In the other Fortec SLS, Jason Minshaw, brother of Trackspeed racer Jon has signed up for the season to race alongside ex-Fortec F3 and World Series by Renault driver, Walker.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” said Minshaw. “I’ve not raced anything modern since the Fiestas about seven years ago. This has all come together a bit last minute, but I’m glad the first round is at Oulton, my home circuit, as I’ve done a lot of miles around Oulton and won the last two races I did here (one in a Jaguar E-Type, one in a Maserati Birdcage). I’ve only just met James, he seems like a good lad with a good pedigree and I’m really looking forward to getting on track tomorrow morning.”

Runner up in the GT category of the European Le Mans Series for the past two years, Walker is excited about racing in a big grid of GT cars:

“British GT looks like it is going to have one of its most competitive years in its history, so to be part of that is fantastic,” says Walker. “I’ve raced in International GT racing, but never on a grid of 30 plus cars and I’ve never driven a GT3.

“Richard Dutton at Fortec had literally just collected the car and asked me to shake it down at Oulton Park with a further run at Rockingham. Despite near freezing temperatures we were still able to get some productive running. Richard has put together a great team including experienced engineer Trevor Foster to run the car; it was an easy decision to make to race with Fortec again and Jason seems like a good chap! ”

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