17 years of success in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series have set the tone for Fortec Motorsports, with all four of its drivers finishing inside the top ten final standings for the 2012 season. It will retain a presence of sorts within the championship, but now yesterday confirmed its expansion into the European series for 2013.

With the team looking to field four cars in the category, two drivers who competed for Fortec last year in the British Series, will now join the impressive ranks of the 2013 grid. First up is Puerto Rico’s Felix Seralles, who surprised everybody this year, by securing third in the overall standings, and is well deserving of his place within the team for next year.

Seralles is clearly excited about what is to come next year, and is pleased to be staying with the outfit, run by Richard Dutton, not to forget the challenge of some new tracks to handle: After a great year in British F3, I’m looking forward to trying out some new circuits and am confident that I will be able to challenge from the off next year. It’s going to be a whole new experience but one I can’t wait to get underway.”

Brazil’s 19-year-old race ace, Pipo Derani, will also be making the transition to the F3 European series alongside his British F3 team-mate, and looks to also be in with a chance of the title. The series is starting to look incredibly competitive, with the likes of Tom Blomqvist and Alex Lynn also racing alongside the two Latino drivers in a series that supports the DTM, WTCC and WEC at tracks around the world.

Dutton, along with the rest of Fortec, is looking forward to the challenge of the FIA F3 European Championship, with Derani and Seralles showing their skills to good effect, hence the reason they are being put forward as a great duo to charge for the title, as well as their development for the future: “They raced with us in the British Formula 3 and showed their potential and pace, now it makes sense for them to move into Europe and develop on some different circuits. We will still be contending the British F3 International Series but I wanted to expand into the European championship and the time is right to do so.”

At this time, we’ll have to wait, until Fortec Motorsports unveil the remaining two drivers for their 2013 F3 European Championship line-up, which could be very exciting indeed.