01 May Minshaw and Hetherington to contest full British GT season with Fortec Motorsports
1st May, Daventry – Fortec Motorsports are pleased to confirm that Jason Minshaw and Benji Hethrington will join their GT team for the rest of the season. The duo will contest the Avon Tyres British GT Championship together, starting from the second round at Rockingham this weekend, in the Fortec run Mercedes AMG SLS GT3.
Minshaw and Hetherington each raced a Fortec run Mercedes in the opening round of the British GT, at Oulton Park back in March. Both showed they had the pace as Hetherington, then partnered with Ollie Hancock, took pole and a third in race one and Minshaw, partnered with James Walker, a seventh in race two – an impressive showing for the team’s debut, both in the series and in GT racing.
Trevor Foster, GT Team Manager commented: “Following a very successful first outing at Oulton Park we are delighted to have signed Jason and Benji for the remainder of the 2013 British GT Championship. Jason and Benji will be paired together from Rockingham onwards and we firmly believe that they will be a very competitive force based on their individual stints during the first event, We are very pleased with our early impressions of the Mercedes AMG SLS GT3 car and having an opportunity to complete a couple of dry days testing since Oulton Park means we are looking forward improving our results at Rockingham”
Young-gun Hetherington is no stranger to the British GT paddock, the 21-year-old contested the championship in 2012, firstly with his brother Freddie in the JMH prepared Nissan GT-R GT3 then racing in the Snetterton and Silverstone rounds with Steve Parish in the Motorbase Porsche 997 GT3 R. Hetherington also raced in five British GT rounds in 2011, taking three wins and a second place.
For Minshaw, GT racing is a whole new experience but one he is enjoying every minute of: “Racing the Mercedes is going to be a big change for me as I have only raced historic cars like Jaguar E-Types before, having wings and grip is a whole new thing for me! I’m loving every minute of it, it’s taking some time to get used to things but we’ll get there. We’ve been testing a lot, and in some previous tests I’ve been a couple of seconds quicker than the other bronze level drivers so that’s promising. Rockingham will be our first chance to show the pace we have and I’m confident for a good result. I’ve not raced on the GT layout before but I’ve raced there with the Historics before and won.”
Fortec will also run a second Mercedes at Rockingham this weekend. Oliver Webb, who is currently contesting the Formula Renault 3.5 series with the team, will be sharing driving duties with Paraguayan racer Danny Candia.