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Fortec Motorsports joins the Duo BRDC Formula 4 grid for 2016

Wednesday, September 16 2015

Leading international single-seater team Fortec Motorsports will join the Duo BRDC Formula 4 grid from the 2015 Autumn Trophy onwards, after purchasing three of the new-for-2016 cars.

Fortec Motorsports is owned by former racing driver Richard Dutton, who started working for the team in 1993 before buying the outfit two years later. Fortec began racing in the Formula 3000 series and has grown to become one of the biggest single-seater race teams in Europe. It has successfully claimed both drivers’ and teams’ championship titles in Formula Renault UK and Formula BMW UK, with Robin Frijns securing the Formula Renault 3.5 championship, a major feeder series to Formula One, in 2012.

The Daventry-based squad currently competes in Formula Renault 3.5, plus Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The team runs four cars in the FIA European Formula 3 Championship and will compete in BRDC Formula 4 with the new-for-2016, 230bhp Tatuus-Cosworth car.

The Tatuus-Cosworth MSV F4-016 is a completely new car for BRDC F4, with a substantial package of enhancements including a more advanced aerodynamic package and a higher-powered engine, lifting its performance above current FIA F4 and MSA Formula cars, to make BRDC F4 a logical feeder category to F3 and GP3. The car will make its race debut at the opening round of the 2015 Autumn Trophy at Snetterton on 7/8 November.

Richard Dutton, Team Principal of Fortec Motorsport, said: “BRDC Formula 4 fits really well with what we are doing as a team in developing professional drivers. There is definitely a need for a single-seater series at this level. I am sure it is going to be a good championship, nearly as fast as the former British Formula 3 cars, and I think Jonathan Palmer has been very clever in putting this car together. It all makes sense so that’s why we have ordered three cars to run in the BRDC Formula 4 Championship.”

Jonathan Palmer, Chief Executive of series organisers MotorSport Vision, commented: “I am delighted to welcome Fortec to our BRDC F4 Championship with our new Tatuus-Cosworth car. Fortec are clearly one of the most successful single-seater race teams outside of F1 with huge experience and success. Their participation is a great endorsement of the appeal of our 2016 BRDC F4 Championship, which fits perfectly into the big existing gap between FIA F4 and FIA F3.

“Our new Tatuus-Cosworth is a superb state-of-the-art car that during a thorough development programme has proven to be quick and reliable. It is becoming increasingly clear that BRDC F4 is going to become the natural successor to the heyday of the old British F3, but at around half the cost, and become the perfect stepping stone from FIA F4 to either FIA F3 or GP3."

Prospective drivers interested in running with Fortec Motorsports should contact Team Manager Daniel Mitchell via email at daniel.mitchell@fortecmotorsport.com.