12 Sep Top ten finish for Fortec GT squad in Zandvoort
It was a weekend of highs and lows for Fortec Motorsports GT team as British drivers Benji Hetherington and Jason Minshaw took to the track of Zandvoort in the Netherlands for the penultimate round of the season. Race one saw the #14 Fortec Mercedes out of the race after contact with Jelley and Hughes in the final laps of the race. Following their disappointment, race two saw a more promising finish in tenth place, picking up some much needed points.
The rain poured as the first qualifying session got underway. Making it through to the second session, Hetherington was topping the times for Fortec until he was pipped by Barff, Keen and Osbourne. The session drew to a close; Minshaw and Hetherington settled for twelfth place.
After preparation for a wet weekend from a damp morning test session, the weather cleared making for a dry track. Ready to start their half an hour stint, the cars made their way to the grid. A clean start for Fortec’s first driver Minshaw, put him up into the first point of the race in tenth place. With just over ten minutes before the opening of the pit window, a safety car was deployed due to a heavy shunt from car #44 of Rick Parfitt.
As the safety car lights were switched off signaling the restart of the race, the pit window was opened. A quick change of driver in the pits put Hetherington in the drivers seat for the second half of the race. With just fifteen minutes before the chequered flag, Hetherington made contact with Jelley and Hughes giving him a right rear puncture and sending him out of the race.
With the disappointment of race one looming, the team were looking forward to getting back out on track ready to gain some important points. Hetherington was the first of the two drivers in the car – quick to make up some places, Hetherington made a successful move on Jelley putting him into eleventh place. On the hunt to gain some points, Hetherington was up two places by lap twelve and now in ninth place, the pit window opened and Hetherington handed the car over to Minshaw in eighth. After some exciting battles and a clean stint from Minshaw, the Fortec Mercedes crossed the line in tenth place ending their weekend on a positive note.
The final round of British GT will take place at Donington Park on the 5th & 6th October.