Team & Car
Fortec Motorsports Ltd is owned by ex-racing driver and businessman Richard Dutton. Having put his own racing career behind him, Richard began working for Fortec in 1993 and eventually bought the outfit two years later at the end of 1995. He also managed Brazilian racing driver Ricardo Rosset who was racing in Formula One at that time. The team began racing in the now defunct series Formula 3000 and Formula Opel and has grown over the years to become the biggest single seater race team in the UK. 2012 saw the team run twenty-three drivers across six racing formulas from Formula 1 feeder series Formula Renault 3.5 to one of the first rungs of the racing ladder BARC Formula Renault. Fortec finished in the top three of all six formulas they ran in and took the championship titles in the Formula Renault 3.5, Formula Renault NEC and Intersteps.
Fortec Motorsports provides complete single-seater transition from go-karting to Formula One. We aim to take on the finest go-karters and manage their transition into single seaters, where they will receive excellent guidance and support as they further their racing career. Once part of the Fortec team, we hope for our drivers to stay with us and build upon their success as they learn from our significant racing experience. Drivers are encouraged to rise up through the ranks with Fortec and by providing the complete package from BARC through Formula Renault 2.0 and Eurocup and British Formula 3 up to the prestigious World Series by Renault Formula Renault 3.5 team, we aim to consistently turn out top flight drivers who are in a strong position to earn a drive in Formula One.
Fortec Motorsports driver profile consists of many strong names and the team prides themselves on maintaining a great relationship with their drivers. The team’s most recent F1 graduate is Robin Frijns, 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Champion. Robin graduated from Formula Renault 2.0 to the 3.5 and went on to win the championship despite being in his rookie year. The Sauber F1 team, at a young driver test in Abu Dhabi, recognized his fantastic potential and Robin was soon signed as the team’s reserve driver.
As our profile in motorsport continues to rise, we intend to maintain and where possible improve our standing within the various Formulas in which we participate. With our outstanding racing pedigree and years of experience in the motorsport industry, we are a top choice for young drivers wishing to further their motorsport career and we take great pride in preparing all of our drivers both mentally and physically for the demands of Formula One. As our drivers grow and develop with us, they move up through the ranks with relative ease, receiving great support from the whole team and strong potential for a glittering career in Formula One.