Fortec Confirm Pairing For Baku World Challenge

by James Broomhead
The Fortec Mercedes has become a familiar sight on UK tracks this season (Credit: Jakob Ebrey Photography)

Fortec Motorsports will round out their first season of GT racing with a single car entry in the Baku World Challenge event (November 24).

The Daventry based team, a leading squad in single seater racing, entered the GT fold this season, completing a full season in the Avon Tyres British GT Championship with a Mercedes SLS GT3, with Benji Hetherington partnering Jason Minshaw for much of the ten race season.

Hetherington was also part of the three man driving line-up for Fortec’s entry in the Silverstone round of the Blancpain Endurance Series. For the Baku race Hetherington will be joined by Oli Webb who drove for Fortec in this year’s Formula Renault 3.5 campaign as well as joining the GT arm of the teams for the two hour British GT race at Rockingham, as well for July’s Total 24 Hours of Spa.

“I am really looking forward to the Baku World Challenge, a new challenge and new track that should even the field out for newcomers like myself and Fortec,” said Webb. “It seems fairly tight so it will be a challenge for us In the Mercedes SLS GT3 car but I’m sure myself and Benji will be able to get ourselves right in the mix with the top GT guys. I’ve never visited that part of the world either so it will be a new experience all round.”

“Having worked with both drivers this year, this is an event we are all looking forward to,” said team manager Trevor Foster. “Oli and Benji are a very strong pairing and they get on very well, having a very similar hard working ethic. It will be another new challenge for Fortec in the GT series and we will be pushing as hard as possible to achieve a strong showing at what we believe will be a fantastic event.”

Also present on the 31 car entry list for the Baku World Challenge are two Porsches from British GT front runners Trackspeed, including one to be shared between Phil Keen and Porsche works driver Nick Tandy. The entry is led by the Mercedes SLS of HTP Gravity Charouz, shared between Alon Day and Blancpain Endurance Series champion Maximilian Buhk.

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