05 Aug Fortec take two podiums in Assen
3rd – 4th August 2013, Assen – In front of a 78,000 strong crowd at Assen, Matt Parry and Jack Aitken both took a podium position for Fortec Motorsports, Aitken taking the second step on Saturday and Parry Sunday. The result sees Parry remain at the top of the standings with a 121-point lead. Fortec team-mates Mikko Pakari, Alfonso Celis, Sam MacLeod, Ryan Tveter, Philo Armand, Corrina Kamper and Roman Beregech also had solid races.
With Formula Renault Eurocup regulars Steijn Schothorst and Dennis Olsen (Josef Kaufmann Racing) starting on the front row, the pressure to get a good start was well and truly on. As the lights went out to mark the start of the first race, front-runner Parry made a quick getaway maintaining third from Aitken as he stayed in fourth. Shortly afterwards contact was made between Jakob Dalewski (JD Motorsport) and Beregech, seeing the Fortec racer limp back to the pits.
As the race continued the pace increased, and by lap four Aitken was the fastest Fortec man on track. The 18-year-old stormed Parry for third also taking Olsen for second, ensuring a spot on the podium for Aitken as he maintained his position and crossed the line in second. Parry had set his sights on Olsen but just as he started to close in his time ran out and he took the chequered flag in fourth.
Pakari had also had a strong race and finished just behind Parry in fifth. Team-mate Celis was the next Fortec man to cross the line in twelfth, MacLeod in thirteenth, Tveter sixteenth, Armand twenty-first and Kamper twenty-second.
The second race of the weekend formed the highlight of the 2013 Gamma Racing Day at Assen. Aitken made a great start and had jumped to take third from Parry by the end of the first lap. However Parry was on the charge and after running n fourth for the first few laps, he was able to repay Aitken with a pass for third place at turn one.
As the race unfolded Parry was on the charge and chasing Olsen in second, catching the Norwegian at the chicane with six laps to go. Parry was then closing in on Schothorst and battling for the win. However the clock was against him and he finished the race in second, just 1.7 seconds shy of Schothorst.
With all 27 drivers desperate to get into the top-ten and score points, the race saw many battles out on track. Pakari crossed the finish line in fifth, after a brief fight with Louis Deletraz (Josef Kaufmann Racing) Celis finished in eleventh. Behind, Tveter took the chequered flag in fourteenth, Beregech sixteenth, Armand seventeenth, Kamper twenty-third and MacLeod twenty-sixth after mechanical trouble.