William Buller
Nationality:
Northern Irish
Date of birth:
17th September 1992
Hometown: Scarva,
Northern Ireland



William enjoyed a great second season in British F3 and was unlucky to miss out on a top three spot in the overall Drivers' Standings after a hugely successful year.

Recent career history:
2011: British Formula 3 with Fortec Motorsports (4th overall)
2010: British Formula 3 with Hi-Tech Racing (8th overall)
2009: European Formula BMW with Fortec Motorsports (10th overall)
2009: Formula BMW with Eurointernational (won Macau)
2009: Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand (4th overall with 3 wins)
2008: European Formula BMW with Fortec Motorsports (11th overall)
2008: Formula BMW UK Winter Series with Fortec Motorsports (5th overall – one podium)
2008: European Formula Renault Winter Series with Fortec Motorsports (4th overall – one podium)

For more information about Wiliam
please visit his website www.williambuller.com

Harry Tincknell
Nationality: British
Date of birth:
17th September 1992
Hometown: Exeter, UK







Harry has had a solid first season in British F3, with one win and many points finishes and he's proved his abilities with some exciting wheel-to-wheel action over the course of the season.

Recent career history:
2011: British Formula 3 with Fortec Motorsports (11th overall)
2010: Formula Renault 2.0 UK with CRS Racing (5th overall)
2009: Formula Renault 2.0 UK Graduate Cup Winner with CRS Racing
2009: Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series Champion with CRS Racing
2008: Formula Renault 2.0 Portugal Winter Series with CRS Racing (6th and 8th)
2008: Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series with CRS Racing (7th overall)
2007: ICA Italian Championship (11th overall)

For more information about Harry please
visit his website www.harrytincknellracing.com


British Formula 3 team


Our British F3 Team is managed by Mick Kouros who is also the Senior Race Engineer here at Fortec and has been with us for six years. Mick is supported by Chief Engineer Andi Scott who is also responsible for driver development within the team. Graham Frazier drives the main transporter for the F3 team and is the Transport Manager for the whole of Fortec. Graham’s also been with us for six years and is an extremely important part of the team. Harvey Cook is our trainee truckie – he raced with the Formula Renault 2.0 UK team in 2010 but has opted to work on the logistical side of things from now on. Alongside them we have a great team of mechanics headed by Ben Salter.
Name Role
Mick Kouros Team Manager
Andi Scott Senior Engineer
Graham Frazier Transport Manager & Transporter driver
Duncan Williams Engineer
Ben Salter Chief Mechanic
Tom Wood Number one mechanic
Matthew Geddes Number one Mechanic
Jonathan Mills Number one mechanic
Lewis Jones Number two Mechanic
Tom Orland Number two mechanic
Rob Clayton Number two Mechanic
2011 Driver standings
No. Name Team P.
1 Felipe Nasr Carlin 318
2 Kevin MAGNUSSEN Carlin 237
3 Carlos Huertas Carlin 222
4 William Buller Fortec Motorsport 197
5 Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin 191
6 Jazeman Jaafar Carlin 187
7 Lucas Foresti Fortec Motorsport 170
8 Pietro FANTIN Hitech Racing 119
9 Jack Harvey Carlin 112
10 Scott Pye Double R Racing 81


Pye pushing to join Fortec for 2012

26th October 2011

Following a successful test on Monday at Rockingham Motor Speedway, Scott Pye is working hard to secure the financial backing required to compete in the forthcoming British Formula Three International Series with Fortec Motorsports.

Pye finished a praiseworthy tenth overall in his maiden British F3 season, winning at Rockingham and securing a second placed finish at Silverstone in October. Throughout the season, the Australian has demonstrated excellent racing prowess, learning and developing from each race as he built upon his F3 experience.

During Monday’s test at Rockingham, Scott maximised his opportunity to get to grips with the Fortec car, running through a series of setup changes to increase his understanding of British Formula Three, and the 21-year-old gelled well with the Fortec team in his first outing for the squad. Fortec would relish the opportunity to have Pye as part of its line-up for the 2012 season; his proven talent and would be a welcome addition to the team.

Scott has stated that he would explore other options in Australia, should he be unable to acquire the necessary budget to race with the team in 2012.

Speaking after the test on Monday, Scott was impressed by his experience with Fortec: "It was good to get some experience with such a professional team. I was impressed with the team and its approach; it is no surprise that Fortec continuously battle at the front of the field. Hopefully next year we can take each other to the championship." Scott added that he was pleased to have a chance to test the Fortec car, and that he’s now pushing hard to secure a drive with the team for next year: “Monday’s test was a great opportunity to test an F3 car before returning to Australia and my aim for 2012 is to secure the funding to compete in the 2012 British F3 Championship with Fortec.”

Lynn stays with Fortec for 2012

20th October 2011

Photo credit: Paul Davies
2011chmp Fortec Motorsports is delighted to announce the signing of Formula Renault 2.0 UK Champion Alex Lynn for 2012. Alex will race in the COOPER TIRES British Formula Three International Series with the team.

Off the back of an impressive first year in Formula Renault in 2010, winning both the Graduate Cup and the Winter Series, Lynn has enjoyed a formidable season with the Fortec team in 2011, clinching the Drivers’ title on Sunday with a commanding lights-to-flag victory, taking a record number of twelve wins in a season where the 18-year-old has dominated.

2012 will be Alex’s third year with the Fortec squad as he moves up to the highly competitive British Formula Three International Series. The team performed well throughout the 2011, with a number of wins and podiums and Alex will be a welcome addition to the squad for next year. Lynn has already demonstrated his dedication to his latest move, flying out to Monza on the same day that he won the Formula Renault Championship to partake in a test for Fortec on Monday morning. Alex performed exceptionally well in his first experience on-track at Monza, finishing just three tenths behind this year’s double-pole sitter at the Italian circuit, William Buller.

Alex is looking forward to his new challenge in 2012 in a year that will see a new generation of cars mandated by the FIA: “I think my decision to go with Fortec will prove to be the right one, especially as my engineer from Formula Renault, Russell Dixon is moving up with me. As long as we put in the same effort and hard work that we have this year, there’s no reason why we can’t challenge the boys at Carlin who have won the title for the past four years.”

Fortec’s Formula Three manager Mick Kouros is certain that Alex will make the step up to F3 with relative ease: “Alex has been with the Fortec family for two years now and it’s great to have him on board for a third season. He has had great preparation in Formula Renault and he will more than cope with the step up to F3.”

Fortec confirms Derani for 2012

18th October 2011

Following a successful test at Monza yesterday, Fortec Motorsports is delighted to announce that Pipo Derani will race for the team in the COOPER TIRES British Formula Three International Series for 2012.

The Brazilian has shown excellent promise over the 2011 season in only his first year in the series and has meshed well with the Fortec team. Evidently comfortable with the Mercedes-powered car, Derani finished just two tenths behind William Buller in both of yesterday’s sessions – a remarkable achievement given that Buller was the double pole-sitter at Monza earlier this year.

A string of top-ten finishes in 2011, including an impressive second placed finish at Donington Park in September, makes the 18 year-old a strong asset to the Fortec squad; Derani’s results have improved over the year and the team is confident that he can perform to the highest possible level next season.

Team Principal Richard Dutton is thrilled to have signed Pipo for next year: “We’re absolutely delighted to have Pipo on board. It’s great for us to have a Brazilian driver again next year; they always show excellent race craft and we’ve had great experiences with Brazilian racers in the past. Pipo tested very well at Monza yesterday and impressed across the board, so having him as part of our squad is a very exciting prospect. We’re very much looking forward to working with him and we’re hoping for great things next year.”

Bullish Buller finishes fifth for Fortec

William Buller was the top finisher for Fortec in today’s feature race which brought the 2011 Cooper Tyres British Formula 3 Championship season to a close, driving his Mercedes powered Fortec home in fifth ahead of teammate Lucas Foresti in sixth.

In a delay to the schedule, the forty-minute race began over half an hour late at a cloudy Silverstone circuit. With no threat of rain, the entire field began on slicks and Foresti lined up as the leading Fortec man on the grid in sixth, with Buller starting from tenth, Ilyas from fourteenth and Tincknell – after a frustrating qualifying session – starting from 16th for the final weekend of the season.

Lucas Foresti made another strong start to the race, moving up to fourth by the first corner and, taking advantage of a problem for fellow countryman Felipe Nasr, the Brazilian was in third place by the end of the first lap. Buller also made a strong start as the Northern Irish racer found himself in sixth place by the end of lap one, challenging Mitch Evans for fifth.

Foresti defended well from Rupert Svendsen-Cook to hold third place in the initial stages of the race, but on lap three, the Carlin driver took his opportunity and passed Foresti through Club to take third. The Fortec star refused to give up without a fight as he fought hard to re-take third place but as the battle wore on, Foresti fell prey to a close-fighting Mitch Evans and Will Buller. Pressure from the pair forced Foresti into an error as the Brazilian ran wide, leaving the track and losing two places to re-join in sixth. Mitch Evans was originally handed the first of many drive-through penalties for exceeding track limits which would have promoted the leading Fortec duo up to fourth and fifth, but the Kiwi didn’t take his penalty and it remains unclear as to whether a post-race penalty will be given.

Further down the field, Fahmi Ilyas made a strong start to move up to twelfth from fourteenth, but after being passed by Jack Harvey, he ran wide – falling down the order to 16th – and his race was further compromised by a drive-through penalty as the Malaysian was punished for driving beyond the limits of the track. Ilyas eventually recovered to finish 19th in a difficult weekend for the Fortec man. Tincknell meanwhile benefited from the penalties further up the field as both Scott Pye and Jack Harvey were also punished for the same driving offence and the Devon racer fought his way up to eleventh place as the chequered flag fell.

Back at the front, Buller – unable to bring a real challenge to Evans – pulled clear of Lucas Foresti to secure fifth place in the final race of the season while Foresti held off a late charge from race two’s winner, Alexander Sims, to finish in sixth place in a hard fought race.

Speaking after the race, Harry Tincknell was positive about race weekend, admitting that a poor qualifying session made the weekend tough “It all came down to yesterday’s qualifying session really – I had good race pace this afternoon and made some good passes but I was just too far down the field to make enough progress really.”

This weekend’s results see Will Buller finish as the leading Fortec man in the Drivers’ Championship, finishing in fourth with 197 points, with Lucas Foresti in seventh with 170 points, Tincknell in eleventh with 78 points and Fahmi Ilyas in 21st with seven points.

Super start secures second place for Foresti

A fantastic start from Fortec’s Lucas Foresti saw him claim second place on the podium in this morning’s British F3 race at Silverstone.

Will Buller was the leading Fortec man on the grid as the Scarva born driver lined up fourth on the grid with Foresti in fifth, Tincknell in twelfth and Ilyas in twentieth place for the first race of the day. Drivers had two laps to assess the circuit conditions prior to the parade lap at a damp Silverstone circuit and the majority of the field opted to start the race from slicks with the exception of Fortec man Lucas Foresti, Alexander Sims and a few others.

Foresti proved he had made the right choice as the Brazilian made a stunning start to take the lead on the first lap while Will Buller struggled to get away, finding himself swamped in the midfield. Ilyas and Tincknell were fortunate not to find themselves embroiled in incidents further down the field as drivers struggled for grip on slick tyres.

By lap three, Foresti and Alexander Sims had stretched out a lead over the remainder of the field but Sims was hot on the heels of the Brazilian who defended well on a slippery track. The Briton refused to give in and eventually the pass came on lap three and the Motopark driver quickly moved away at the front lapping around four seconds quicker than the drivers on slicks.

As the race wore on, Buller, Tincknell and Ilyas struggled with their tyre choice as Fahmi Ilyas’s race ended prematurely in the gravel, while Buller and Tincknell rued their decisions as the pair fell further down the field. In the closing stages of the race the track started to dry out and while the wet runners were searching for water on the track, Tincknell became one of the fastest drivers on the track, setting the quickest final sector of all but the Devon driver’s race was all but over.

As the clock ran down, Foresti was out on his own – comfortably ahead of Pietro Fantin in third and unable to catch Sims out in front – as the Fortec star drove home to take his eighth podium of the season. Despite the drying track, Buller and Tincknell were unable to make much headway as the pair drove home in twelfth and 16th respectively.

Speaking after the race, Foresti admitted he was disappointed with second place today: “We obviously made the right choice with the tyres this morning and I had a great start to take the lead. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to stay ahead of Alexander which is naturally disappointing for me as I really felt I could have won today.”

Meanwhile Harry Tincknell conceded that the wrong tyre choice hampered his chances of success today: “I took a gamble to stay on slicks; as we circulated before the race the track really didn’t feel that wet but once the race got underway, the spray was unbelievable! From that point on, my race was really compromised; the track dried out towards the end and I was right up there with my lap times but there wasn’t enough time left on the clock to make up enough ground.”

Foresti fifth from Buller at Silverstone in race one

Lucas Foresti and William Buller were the top finishers for Fortec in this afternoon’s thirty-minute race at Silverstone. The the duo finished fifth and sixth, with Harry Tincknell finishing thirteenth and Fahmi Ilyas finishing in twentieth place after a drive-through penalty.

Buller, Foresti and Tincknell all made excellent starts to the race, with Lucas Foresti gaining six places to move up from tenth to fourth by the end of lap one. Buller, who started in eleventh also made up good ground, as the Fortec star found himself in sixth place after the first lap and Tincknell – after a difficult qualifying session – gained four places. Meanwhile, Fahmi Ilyas – who started the race from fourteenth on the grid – had his race compromised by a drive-through penalty for not respecting track limits. Despite a positive showing in this morning’s qualifying session, the Malaysian was unable to make headway after his penalty, finishing twentieth.

As the race wore on, Foresti was unable to keep Jaafar behind him and the Carlin man took fourth place from him on lap six. Behind Foresti, Buller led a great battle for sixth place, but the Scarva-born racer never looked in trouble as the held his own, driving a solid race. He was unable to make headway to catch teammate Foresti who was very much out on his own for the remainder of the race. The Brazilian drove a strong race at a circuit he enjoys racing at to cross the line in fifth, eight seconds clear of teammate Buller in sixth.

Tincknell endured a tough race which was somewhat compromised by a difficult qualifying session for the Fortec man. After a fantastic start, he gained a position from T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar’s drive-through penalty, and despite pushing hard to home in on the midfield in the closing stages, the Devon racer crossed the line in twelfth.

Speaking after the race, Foresti was thrilled with the result, particularly his start: “I had a great start, it was amazing! Fifth was really the best I could manage today; I got the most out of the car and I just drove a controlled race from there. I couldn’t keep Jaafar behind me – we just didn’t have the pace to keep with them but I’m happy with fifth and hoping for rain tomorrow!”

Will Buller was also delighted with his start and felt he got the maximum from the car in today’s race: “The start really made it for me – to go up from eleventh to sixth is great, it’s just a shame we didn’t have more pace to get pushing further up the field really. It was quite tough out there but I was pretty secure out there in sixth, I wasn’t too worried about the guys behind me I just held my own and kept pushing. We should have a good race tomorrow – it’s a track where you can overtake if you have the pace so I’m looking forward to it.”

Foresti heads Fortec four at Silverstone

Lucas Foresti was the top qualifier for Fortec at a cold and windy Silverstone circuit in the thirty-minute qualifying session to decide the grid for races one and three of the final race weekend of the season.

Foresti was leading Fortec man in the initial stages of the session with a time of 1:53.926 which was enough for seventh place while Buller, Tincknell and Ilyas filed in behind in twelfth, fifteenth and seventeenth respectively. Buller and Foresti continued to improve upon their lap times, but were unable to move up the grid as the majority of the field elected to pit with ten minutes of the session remaining.

As the drivers re-took to the track, Will Buller – who could claim second place in the Drivers’ Standings with a strong result this weekend – posted a time of 1:53:622 to move the Northern Irish racer up to fifth on the timesheets. Harry Tincknell also improved his time to move up to thirteenth on a 1:53.548 but as lap times across the field fell, Tincknell struggled to better his time, as the nineteen year-old eventually finished down in 17th place.

As the session wore on, Lucas Foresti continued to go faster, recording a time of 1:53.332 to move him up to sixth on the grid for race three tomorrow. Will Buller was unable to beat his time which originally moved him up to fifth and the Fortec man will start from tenth for race two, while Fahmi Ilyas – who was the fastest of the Fortec quartet in yesterday’s first practice session – outqualified teammate Harry Tincknell to take fourteenth on the grid with a time of 1:54.144.

The results mean that Lucas Foresti will start race one from tenth place with teammate Will Buller alongside him in eleventh, Fahmi Ilyas lines up in fourteenth on the grid with a disappointed Harry Tincknell starting from 17th. Race three will start with Lucas Foresti in sixth, Will Buller in ninth, Fahmi Ilyas in fourteenth and Harry Tincknell in 17th.

Speaking after the session, Lucas was delighted with his performance: “It was really good today, I felt that the car and I were capable of pole but it wasn’t to be. I’m really happy to be the leading Fortec driver; if it rains this afternoon I should have a good chance of a podium in today’s race, we’ll see what happens for race two but I’m really optimistic that we can have a good result starting from sixth in the feature race.”

British Formula Three Silverstone Friday Practice Roundup

Photo credit: Paul Davies
F3 The Fortec British F3 team enjoyed a productive day’s practice at a damp and windy Silverstone ahead of this weekend’s final rounds of the Cooper Tires British F3 Intertnational Series which could see Fortec star Will Buller claim second position in the Drivers’ Championship.

Fahmi Ilyas was the fastest of the Fortec quartet in this morning’s practice session which began at 1000 local time. Early on in the session, all four Fortec drivers featured in the top ten, headed by Lucas Foresti in fifth, Will Buller in seventh, Harry Tincknell in ninth and Fahmi Ilyas in tenth place but as the session wore on, and timings tumbled, Foresti found himself back in tenth place. It was an impressive showing by Fahmi Ilyas to put his Mercedes powered Fortec in fifth place ahead of his teammates – all of whom lead him in the Drivers’ Championship – and the Malaysian will be looking to capitalise on this good form as a points score at Silverstone could see him move up the Drivers’ Standings at the season finale this weekend. Fortec’s frontrunner in the Championship Will Buller finished the session in eighth place while early pacesetter Lucas Foresti – who currently lies in seventh in the Drivers’ Standings – finished tenth with Devon racer Harry Tincknell finishing just outside the top ten in twelfth place.

The second practice session of the day was somewhat weather affected as Carlin’s Carlos Huertas set the fastest time of the session before a brief but heavy rain shower hampered any chances of lap time improvements. Will Buller was the leading Fortec man throughout the session and, like the rest of the field, the Fortec squad was unable to really improve on early lap times with rain slowing the track and causing a number of off-track excursions as the session wore on. Buller and Foresti finished up as the leading Fortec men – just as they are in the Championship – in seventh and eighth, electing to only run for ten laps with Buller recording a best time of 1:54.942 and Foresti just one tenth behind his teammate on a 1:55.061. Meanwhile Harry Tincknell and Fahmi Ilyas opted to gain more track time, clocking up a total of twenty laps each as the duo finished thirteenth and seventeenth respectively.

As the weather forecast for the weekend ahead appears to be mixed, it may well be the case that on-track experience in damp and slippery conditions may well be of use to the drivers as they head into the final three races of the season.

F3 squad feeling strong for Silverstone

The Fortec British Formula 3 team arrives at Silverstone this weekend for the season finale of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship in a strong position to gain a healthy points haul and make up some valuable Championship positions.

The last round at Donington proved trying for the Fortec team as a tough qualifying session on Saturday made for a challenging start for the drivers in the first and third races of the weekend. Will Buller was able to profit from his pole position start in race two, losing a position early on but eventually finishing in second to boost his hopes of a top three Championship finish, while Lucas Foresti and Harry Tincknell also finished in the top ten. Hopes for race three were hampered by rain which particularly hurt Will Buller who elected to begin the race on slicks, though Lucas Foresti had a strong race to finish eighth.

Results from the last round saw Buller drop down the drivers’ standings to fourth place but Buller remains in a strong position – just thirteen points behind current second placed man Carlos Huertas – and with three races this weekend, second place is well within the Fortec man’s sights. Meanwhile, Lucas Foresti and Harry Tincknell will be looking to score well this weekend as the drivers – who currently lie in seventh and tenth place respectively – could gain a Championship position from a strong showing over the weekend. Further down the standings, a points finish from Fahmi Ilyas could see him make inroads as the season draws to a close on Sunday.

Looking ahead to the weekend, Team Manager Mick Kouros is confident about the team’s potential: “We’ve been working hard since Donington – the drivers have spent time on the simulator and we’ve been collecting as much information as we can to put ourselves in the best position possible ahead of this weekend.”

Practice for the final round of the Cooper Tires British Formula Three Championship takes place on Friday, while qualifying and race one take place on Saturday with the final two races of the season on Sunday.

Rain hampers Fortec chances in race three at Donington


Steady rain at the start of race three of the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship at Donington Park saw many drivers opting to start from the pitlane as they made last minute tyre changes to cope with an increasingly wet track. Those who originally chose wet tyres profited hugely as the remainder of the field was compromised either by starting from the pits or by risking slicks, only to stop early for wets.

Jack Harvey took an early lead in the race but teammate Kevin Magnussen eventually passed him and made use of the clear air to extend an impressive lead. Harry Tincknell was the leading Fortec driver throughout the forty-minute race, as he made his way through the rain up to sixth, but Tincknell ran wide, losing position and rejoined in tenth with Lucas Foresti hot on his heels in eleventh. Retirements further up the field saw the pair gain positions, with Tincknell eventually finishing eighth but a late tyre change on the grid meant that the Devon racer incurred a ten-second penalty dropping him down to fourteenth on the timesheets. Tincknell’s penalty meant that Lucas Foresti was the top finisher for Fortec in eighth position following on from a great drive earlier today.

Fahmi Ilyas had another tough race as he struggled to make up ground on the midfield and the wet conditions eventually got the better of the Fortec driver who found himself in the gravel, ending his race prematurely. An early pit stop for wets meant that Will Buller’s race was compromised from the outset as the Scarva-born racer struggled to gain ground on his rivals, ruining his chances of a points haul in the final race of the weekend as he finished in a lonely 16th place. Magnussen’s victory sees him leapfrog Buller to third place as Buller now lies in fourth, twelve points adrift of Magnussen and thirteen points off Huertas in second, meaning that the battle for second is still wide open as we head to the season finale at Silverstone.

Top ten finish for three Fortec drivers in race two at Donington


After a tough race yesterday, the drivers were in a strong position to perform well in this morning’s race of the Cooper Tires British F3 Championship. Results from yesterday’s race saw Will Buller start from pole with Harry Tincknell in second, Lucas Foresti in seventeenth and Fahmi Ilyas in eighteenth.

After a brief rain shower before the race, the track was slippery and most drivers elected to start the race on wet tyres as grip was at a minimum, with some drivers struggling to keep the car on-track on the parade lap. A strong start from Double R Racing’s Valtteri Bottas in his first British F3 weekend saw him take the lead with Buller in second place. Meanwhile, Tincknell suffered wheelspin off the start causing him drop down the order to fourth. Foresti gained ground at the start, while Ilyas held position.

While Bottas pulled away from the rest of the pack early on, there was a lot of action down the field as Foresti gained several places andDouble-R Racing’s Scott Pye was hot on the heels of Will Buller in second. The tussle between Buller and Pye saw them lose ground and fall prey to Fortec’s Harry Tincknell who seized his opportunity to pass the pair, as Bottas continued to extend his lead. Buller quickly re-took second place from Tincknell who was being hunted down by Scott Pye. The battle for third saw Tincknell and Pye come together on lap ten, with Tincknell briefly leaving the track and Pye being forced to retire from the race.

Tincknell recovered to fifth while Will Buller held off a late challenge from T-Sport’s Menasheh Idafar to take the second spot on the podium, fourteen seconds off Bottas, after an eventful race. Lucas Foresti drove an excellent race to finish seventh after starting back in 17th, while Fahmi Ilyas struggled in the conditions as he drove home to finish 17th.

The results see Buller reclaim third place in the Championship, three points behind Huertas who moved up to second place after a strong race yesterday.

Fortec focused on gaining ground at Donington


This weekend the team travels to Donington Park for the penultimate weekend of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship. After a mixed weekend in less than pleasant weather conditions at Rockingham, the team is positive about its chances for the weekend ahead.

Current third placed man William Buller is looking to extend his run of great form at Donington Park this weekend. Despite a tough weekend at Rockingham, Buller salvaged some valuable Championship points and has been consistently scoring highly throughout the season. While Felipe Nasr secured the victory in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Drivers’ Championship at the last round at Rockingham, Buller remains in a great position to challenge for second place as he trails current second placed man Kevin Magnussen by just three points.

Lucas Foresti is also in a great position to move up the Championship standings this weekend. The young Brazilian who had a sensational start to the season currently lies in seventh place but is only 26 points behind fourth placed Carlos Huertas and 31 points off teammate Buller in 3rd. With that in mind, there’s still a lot to play for and some strong results are likely to gain Foresti a place or two.

Meanwhile Harry Tincknell and Fahmi Ilyas are also looking to make up lost ground after a recent run of tough races. Tincknell is currently in tenth place, 24 points shy of ninth placed man Jack Harvey while Ilyas is back in 18th with a good chance of gaining a few Championship positions this weekend.

Round eight of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship takes place at Donington Park, Leicestershire on September 24th and 25th. Unusually, practice takes place on Thursday September 22nd, while Friday will be a free day.


TINCKNELL DRIVES THROUGH THE STORM

Harry at Rockingham

5 September 2011

Exeter racer Harry Tincknell bounced back from early disappointment to claim a top ten finish in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series at Rockingham Motor Speedway, UK, on 3-4 September 2011.

Tincknell’s visit to Northamptonshire brought back fond memories, as he tasted victory at the circuit while racing in Formula Renault UK last season.

The talented 19-year-old used his winning knowledge to secure a pair of eighth places in qualifying, setting an overall quickest lap time of 1:12.473. Despite his evident pace, the 19-year-old endured disappointment in race one, as he was forced to retire after just four laps due to an engine problem.

Tincknell’s stroke of bad luck meant he started race two from the penultimate row of the grid, with the added challenge of wet weather conditions. However the young racer, who is a member of the Motor Sport Association’s elite Team UK programme, made solid progress to clinch 13th position.

In the final outing, Tincknell remained calm amid a rain-soaked circuit and two safety car periods to bring his Fortec car home in eighth place. “The weekend had its challenges but I’m not going to let it dampen my mood,” said Tincknell. “The car had good pace and there’s six races still to go, so I want to finish the championship on a high!” The next British F3 meeting will take place at Donington Park, Derbyshire, on 24-25 September.

 

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Will Buller maintains championship third, ahead of Carlos Huertas, after an outstanding first lap in the last race this weekend at Rockingham.

Will, who started down in 15th due a penalty given after race one, climbed to an impressive 5th on the first lap and after the first safety car period picked off Jazeman Jaafar to take forth.

Will now stands 3rd in the championship with 161 points. Despite two safety car periods and changeable conditions Harry Tinknell had an uneventful race to take 8th ahead of Bart Hylkema. Fahmi Ilyas had to pit after only 4 laps for a new nose & despite this maintained his composure to climb back up the field and take the tenth spot.

 

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS 30 JULY 2011: Buller The Star of the Show...

The majestic Spa-Francorchamps circuit provided another superb showcase for international Formula 3 racing today as the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 and the FIA International Formula 3 protagonists went head to head in a gripping finale to a great weekend of motorsport in Belgium. Prema Powerteam’s Roberto Merhi repeated his superb form of yesterday to lead the 40-minute epic from pole position to chequered flag, but the undoubted star of the show was Ulsterman Will Buller, who battled up the order to third place overall behind Merhi and Marco Wittmann to claim top British F3 honours. Coming hot on the heels of the Fortec Motorsport man’s British F3 wins at Paul Ricard a fortnight ago and yesterday at Spa, today’s result propels Buller to championship second – equal on points with Carlos Huertas – and underlines his ‘top Brit’ ranking.

Buller was delighted by his third British F3 top-placing in two weekends: “It’s been a perfect weekend really: two wins and a fourth. Our pace has been strong throughout and in the last race we were getting closer and closer to the Invitation class guys. I’m so delighted, and I just want to thank Team UK and the whole of Fortec; they work so hard for me and give me the best car at all times. They’ve done a great job.”

Will’s stellar performance earned him the Sunoco Driver of the Weekend trophy for the second meeting in succession

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TINCKNELL EMBRACED THE SPA CHALLENGE

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30 July 2011 Lewis Hamilton described Spa-Francorchamps as the ‘toughest track of the F1 calendar,’ and Exeter’s Harry Tincknell agreed with the sentiments of the world champion during a difficult weekend at the Belgian circuit on 29-30 July 2011.

Not only did Tincknell have to learn the infamous track in his inaugural year in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series, but the Ardennes circuit provided additional challenges in the form of inclement weather conditions and added competitors from the prestigious FIA F3 International Trophy. Having spun after heavy rain in qualifying, Tincknell started the weekend’s opening race in 28th position.

Tincknell made progress, climbing several places to seal a credible 22nd-place finish. After rising a further six places in race two, contact with team-mate Fahmi Ilyas meant the Sidmouth racer was unfortunately forced to retire.

 

Tincknell then showed resilience to end his weekend on a high note, climbing from 28th to 17th in Saturday’s final race to showcase his talents. Although the talented 19-year old, coming off his maiden victory last month, endured a tough weekend in the Ardennes he returns to the UK having already claimed four podium finishes in what is his rookie season in a very competitive single-seater category on the ladder to Formula One. “I was under no illusions as to how tough this weekend would be,” said Tincknell. “Yes I’ve had some bad luck, but I’ve also gained some valuable experience. This year was always planned to be a learning curve, and hopefully I can finish the season on a high.” Tincknell next races at Northamptonshire’s Rockingham Motor Speedway, a circuit he tasted victory at in last year’s Formula Renault UK Championship, on 3-4 September 2011.

 

TINCKNELL POSITIVE DESPITE TRYING TRIP TO FRANCE

18 July 2011

Exeter racing driver Harry Tincknell experienced a tough weekend at Paul Ricard HTTT, France, on 16-17 July 2011, but remains positive about his prospects for the rest of his maiden season in the Cooper Tires British F3 International Series.

The 19-year-old, who competes against a field of 20 drivers, many of which many have extensive experience in F3, started his weekend by securing a credible 11th place in qualifying with a lap time of 2:01.900. Talented teenager Tincknell then produced a consistent drive in the weekend’s opening race to climb into the top ten, finishing ninth in his Fortec Dallara Mercedes.

Tincknell, one of just ten drivers selected for the Motor Sports Association’s prestigious Team UK programme, ran into misfortune in race two when contact with Pietro Fantin and a drive-through penalty meant he finished 17th. Tincknell’s bad luck continued in race three when he was caught in a pile-up on the first corner, ruling him out of the race and prematurely ending his weekend.

Sidmouth’s Tincknell remains upbeat however and, following podium finishes in all four meetings prior to Paul Ricard HTTT, moves into the next race weekend at Belgium’s famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit with confidence: "It was a difficult weekend, but it happens. I think the disappointment this weekend is probably testament to how great my season has been so far. "I’m competing against many more experienced drivers but still scoring really strong results," Tincknell continued. "I’m not going to be too downbeat about what happened at Paul Ricard HTTT." Tincknell, who remains eighth in the series’ standings, travels to Spa-Francorchamps on 28-30 July 2011.

BULLER PICKS UP PODIUM & SUNOCO Driver of the weekend with impressive start in Race 3

Ricard race two victor Will Buller made an excellent start from eighth on the grid to shoot up to fourth on the opening lap, and he kept his position ahead of the pursuing Jack Harvey for the duration to collect what became third with Magnussen’s demise and second with da Costa’s penalty. Buller’s efforts were rewarded with the Sunoco Driver of the Weekend award.

The race was marred by a first-turn shunt between Jazeman Jaafar and Pietro Fantin which led to several clashes and spins in the pack and a five-lap safety car period. Jaafar, Fantin, Scott Pye and Harry Tincknell all retired with damaged cars, and Bart Hylkema was forced to the pits for brief repairs before continuing.

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PAUL RICARD 17 JULY 2011:

Will Buller made it to the top step of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series race podium this morning at Paul Ricard, the Ulsterman breaking his duck with a commanding drive for the Fortec-Mercedes team from pole position to the fall of the chequered flag in Round 17 of the championship.

Eighteen-year-old Buller, who is in his second British F3 season, was gifted the pole for the ‘reverse-grid’ sprint race when his first-race finishing position, seven, was pulled in the random draw.

Will did not waste the opportunity and had to make not one, but two good starts to underline his class.

The first start was an abortive affair with the lights flashing amber after the reds were extinguished; some drivers took this is a cue to start, others were more hesitant. Inevitably there was contact in the pack, with the two Double R cars of Pipo Derani and Scott Pye in collision and Bart Hylkema’s T-Sport machine striking the rear of a slower starter.

The race was abandoned and a six-lap restart ordered; none of the three damaged Dallaras was able to go.

Buller did it all perfectly once again when the lights this time worked as anticipated and built a first-lap lead of half a second over Carlin’s Rupert Svendsen-Cook, with Saturday podium man Antonio Felix da Costa in third for Hitech ahead of Carlin boys Kevin Magnussen and Carlos Huertas. And that’s how the top five stayed for the duration of the truncated race, with Buller able to double his lead by the fourth lap and to pull out a 1.6s advantage over Svendsen-Cook by the finish line. “It’s so good to get the first one,” said a victorious Buller. “I’ve waited so long… I’ve been fast but things just haven’t gone our way. Finally I have it and I’m so happy about it; it’s good to be on that top step and I plan to continue from here.

The second start was very good for me; I pulled away and it was all good from then on.” “I had a great start,” said Rupert, “but Will did also and I couldn’t get him into the first corner. I was really pushing him for the first three laps but after that I couldn’t follow so closely. Will then pulled out a bigger gap, I think because he had fresher tyres. But it’s my third podium from three weekends, so all in all it’s good.” The battle for sixth was a highlight of the race, with Fortec’s Lucas Foresti holding it for the opening three laps until Racing Steps Foundation driver Jack Harvey seized it from him. Harvey had lost several places on the opening lap and was on lap two at the centre of a further incident.

As Harry Tincknell attempted to pass him, Harvey was hit by the pursuing Pietro Fantin and the Brazilian was bounced back into Tincknell which knocked Harry into a spin. Fantin recovered to deliver late-race pressure on Foresti, but Lucas retained seventh at the line.

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Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series Round 17,

Paul Ricard FRA 17/7/2011 6 laps / 21.78 miles

Amended provisional results Championship class

1 William BULLER /GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes 12m 25.918s / 105.14mph

2 Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +1.621s

3 Antonio Felix da COSTA / POR, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +2.288s

4 Kevin MAGNUSSEN / DEN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +3.289s

5 Carlos HUERTAS / COL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +6.186s

6 Jack HARVEY / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +9.693s

7 Lucas FORESTI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +12.409s

8 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +13.009s

9 Jazeman JAAFAR / MAS, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.888s

10 Hywel LLOYD / GBR, Sino Vision Racing Dallara-Mercedes +18.748s

FORMULA 3

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Cooper Tires British Formula 3

International Series Round 15, Nürburgring

3/7/2011 20 laps / 63.98 miles Provisional results

Championship class

1 Felipe NASR / BRA, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 40m 45.907s

2 Antonio Felix da COSTA / POR, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +6.964s

3 Carlos HUERTAS / COL, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +7.576s

4 Lucas FORESTI / BRA, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +9.974s

5 Kevin MAGNUSSEN / DEN, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.152s

6 Rupert SVENDSEN-COOK / GBR, Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +16.779s

7 William BULLER /GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +17.867s

8 Pietro FANTIN / BRA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +18.772s

9 Harry TINCKNELL / GBR, Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +20.939s

10 Pedro NUNES / BRA, Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +21.387s etc

2/7/11

Superb 8th to 2nd start for Harry Tincknell

Fortec’s young Brit Harry Tincknell made the start of his life from eighth on the grid to seize third place on the opening lap. “The lights came on and went off really fast. I was just really well prepared and the others weren’t and I went past them like they were standing still…” There was drama for the Exeter man at turn one, however: “Carlos Huertas locked up and hit my right-rear wheel and sent me wide, but I recovered and from there it was just a case of getting my head down and making sure I didn’t lose the place.”

Tincknell did not have the pace to catch the leaders but was able to hold off several challenges from Carlin’s Malaysian racer Jazeman Jaafar to secure his first ‘main race’ podium.

Fortec’s Will Buller held new Hitech Racing signing Antonio Felix da Costa at bay for the whole race to collect fifth with Jack Harvey right behind them all the way for seventh in the Racing Steps car.

Formula3 news extract Nick Carter on 2nd Jul 2011 18/06/11 Formula 3 News

British Formula 3 Rd of the Nurburgring (Rd 5, Race 1, July 2nd)

Pos Driver Team Time / Gap

1. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen 28m 54.673s (15 laps)

2. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +0.544s

3. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +13.072s

4. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +13.622s

5. William Buller Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +21.916s

6. Antonio Felix da Costa Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +22.234s

7. Jack Harvey Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +22.379s

8. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-Volkswagen +23.578s

9. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +29.747s

10. Pedro Nunes Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +30.230s

11. Pietro Fantin Hitech Dallara-Volkswagen +31.368s

12. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Mercedes +34.585s

13. Fahmi Ilyas Fortec Dallara-Mercedes +38.932s

14. Pipo Derani Double R Dallara-Mercedes +43.830s

15. Adderly Fong Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes +47.953s

16. Hywel Lloyd Sino Vision Dallara-Mercedes +54.104s

17. Bart Hylkema T-Sport Dallara-Mugen Honda +55.633s

18. Yann Cunha T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen +56.230s

19. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-Volkswagen +29.013s*

20. Kotaro Sakurai Hitech Dallara-Mugen Honda +1:00.144s

round 4

Lucas Foresti put in a superb performance today to win from 6th at Brands Hatch today in changable conditions.Lucas wins

Making up 2 places off the line Lucas held his spot whilst Filipe Nasar and Carlos Huertas battled it out in front of him & pole sitter Svendsen-cook extended his lead by 3.4 seconds in the first 5 laps as they scrapped it out behind him. On Lap 8 Foresti moved into 3rd place as Nasr began to struggle on a drying line.

An impressive pit strategy saw Lucas surge to the top of the leader board, taking a near 30 second lead over the now 3rd place Nasr. Between the Brazilian pair stood reigning British Formula Ford Champion Scott Pye. Having started from 9th, Pye attempted to use the changeable conditions to his benefit by adopting the same strategy as Foresti. However the Australian had neither the large gap nor the steady car that his Fortec Motorsport opponent possessed.

Foresti went on to claim yet another victory (by 4.96 seconds) and it was easily his best yet. “I was thinking to take slicks at the start, but I started on the wets – I just did the best laps I could. In the pits, it takes a long time to change tyres in Formula 3 – sometimes quick, sometimes not. The race was halfway wet and halfway dry, so it was a tricky decision.”

William Buller took 6th for Fortec. The Northern Ireland man stalled on the grid dropping him down the order, but a determined run with a cunning strategy (he was the first to pit) saw Buller storm back up the order.

Harry Tincknell ended the race in 10th

1. Lucas Foresti Fortec Dallara-Merc 30m35.827s

2. Felipe Nasr Carlin Dallara-VW + 4.966s

3. Rupert Svendsen-Cook Carlin Dallara-VW + 12.447s

4. Jazeman Jaafar Carlin Dallara-VW + 16.903s

5. Carlos Huertas Carlin Dallara-VW + 19.329s

6. Will Buller Fortec Dallara-Merc + 21.838s

7. Scott Pye Double R Dallara-Merc + 28.417s

8. Kevin Magnussen Carlin Dallara-VW + 29.708s

9. Menasheh Idafar T-Sport Dallara-VW + 34.168s

10. Harry Tincknell Fortec Dallara-Merc + 38.714s

 

1-2-3-Fortec!

SNETTERTON 15 MAY 2011: Fortec Motorsport and Mercedes-Benz swept the board in the second race of the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Snetterton weekend this morning, Brazilian Lucas Foresti leading home his team-mates Harry Tincknell and Will Buller for a morale-boosting 1-2-3 in Norfolk.

It was Foresti’s second win of the season and, just like at Oulton Park last month, the 19-year-old did not put a wheel wrong all the way from pole position to chequered flag. Lucas made an impeccable start and quickly put distance between himself and the pack to rack up a five-second victory advantage.“My first win was really special,” said Lucas, “and this one is as well because I couldn’t go quick in qualifying and this is a bonus. It’s really great for the team to score a 1-2-3; it’s impressive and it shows how hard everybody is working.”

A slower getaway by Buller from second on the grid allowed Tincknell, who started from P3, the opportunity to slip alongside the Ulsterman and steal the inside line for turn one, Riches. Thereafter, said Exeter-based championship newcomer Harry, it was a question of managing his tyres and avoiding errors to record his best-yet F3 result. “I made a really good start; I think I have really cracked the starts now. I got alongside Will and took the inside for the first corner. From there on I had to manage my tyres as best I could; I was on an older set compared with Lucas and realistically I wasn’t going to be able to catch him unless he made a mistake. Third at Oulton, second here… Hopefully my first win isn’t too far away.”

Added Buller: “We had a few problems with the clutch yesterday so we had to put a new one in, and it was a bit different so I didn’t get the best of getaways. But third place is good, we’ll take that.” The opening lap was a drama-filled affair with a mid-grid tangle causing damage to several cars. Jack Harvey and Rookie class runner Bart Hylkema were among those who went off track, with Jazeman Jaafar and Menasheh Idafar limping to the pits with damaged Dallaras. Rupert Svendsen-Cook was another first-lap pit visitor, his Carlin car suffering a fatal misfire despite, or possibly because of, an overnight change of engine.

Pietro Fantin was the leading Volkswagen-powered finisher in fourth, just ahead of Sino Vision Racing’s Hywel Lloyd, who record his best finish of the season so far with fifth. Championship leader Felipe Nasr made a blinding start to pick up three places on the opening lap; sixth was as far as he would rise, however. Riki Christodoulou claimed seventh for Hitech ahead of Carlin men Carlos Huertas and Saturday race victor Kevin Magnussen, the Dane claiming the two additional points for fastest race lap. T-Sport’s Yann Cunha was 10th to take his first championship point of the season, ahead of Double R men Scott Pye – with a fresh Mercedes engine on board after his Saturday race retirement – and Pipo Derani.

Sakurai’s run to Rookie class victory ought to have been a straightforward affair after Hylkema’s early demise but the Japanese Hitech driver was battling a gearbox problem. The overjoyed 16-year-old said from the podium: “Something was stuck in the gearbox from the beginning. It was a really tough race and I had to think about the gearbox the whole time.”

British Formula 3 enjoys the headlining support of Cooper Tires and is additionally backed by Sunoco Racing Fuels, Anglo American Oil Company and OAMPS.

 

Formula 3 - News
25/02/2011 Fortec Motorsports Formula 3 drivers Will Buller, Lucas Foresti, and Harry Tincknell are all looking forward to getting back into driving there cars on February the 24th at the Silverstone GP circuit, this will be the start of the testing programme that the team will run before the first event to held at Monza on the 16th April.


Both Will and Harry last drove the cars at Valencia in early December while Lucas has been back to Brazil racing in January on the Sao Paulo circuit and winning all four races during that event.

During the winter break all three drivers have been hard at work on there fitness to ensure a good start to this years racing.

The F3 team is looking forward to a strong showing this year as it has the strongest ever line up of drivers in its stable, Will and Lucas are now starting there second year of Formula 3 and they have the very promising Harry to push the team mates along.



23/04/11 Lucas Foresti came of age as a driver in the Cooper Tires British Formula 3 International Series this afternoon at Oulton Park, the Brazilian leading Round 4 of the championship all the way from pole position to chequered flag. The Mercedes-powered Fortec Motorsport driver increased his advantage on every lap and broke the circuit lap record for good measure.

It was a brilliant showing from the 18-year-old, who claimed his first British Formula 3 podium finish only last weekend at Monza. His countryman, the championship leader Felipe Nasr, placed second ahead of his Carlin team-mates Jazeman Jaafar and Carlos Huertas. T-Sport’s Bart Hylkema overcame early class leader Kotaro Sakurai to win the Rookie division.

Foresti nailed it right from the start of the 21-lapper, pulling 2.2s clear of his pursuers on the opening lap. T-Sport driver Menasheh Idafar was the man in second spot initially, the Bahraini making a superb getaway from third on the grid to overhaul Nasr away from the line. Idafar ran strongly in second all the way to the eighth lap, when he went off at Old Hall.

Thus Foresti, who had broken Nick Tandy’s two-year-old lap record on his sixth lap, found his lead doubled from 4.0s to 8.4s, with new second-place man Nasr seemingly unable to do much about closing it. Foresti did not back off, however, and increased his lead over Felipe each and every lap, reaching the chequered flag 18.4s ahead.

Said Lucas: “We did a great job, me, the team, Mercedes, everybody. We were all looking forward and working together. It’s great, my first win and I hope the first of many.”

Untitled Document
2011 British Formula Three Calendar
Date Circuit Country
16th-17th April Monza Italy
23rd-25th April Oulton Park UK
14-15th May Snetterton UK
18th-19th June Brands Hatch UK
2nd-3rd July Nurburgring Germany
16th-17th July Paul Ricard France
29th-30th July Spa-Francorchamps Belgium
3rd-4th September Rockingham UK
24th-25th September Donington Park UK
8th-9th October Silverstone UK
*2012 Calendar TBC
Technical Specification



Chassis: Carbon Fibre cell designed and developed by Dallara
Data System: Bosch Motorsport Steering Wheel Mounted Dash & Data Logging System
Safety Features: FIA Approved roll hoop, Mandatory HANS Device,
Lateral driver's head protection, removable steering wheel, six-point three-inch harness system,
FT3 deformable fuel cell, 5kg fire extinguisher
Engine: HWA Mercedes-Benz 16-valve 4-cylinder, Capacity - 2000cc, ECU - Bosch Motorsport
Gearbox: Hewland FTR 6-Speed Sequential
Suspension: Double Wishbone Front & Rear Suspension
Brakes: Four-Pot Performance Friction Calipers + Vented Discs
Wheels: Speedline Aluminium with Central Fixing.
Fronts - "9x13", Rears - "10.5x13"
Tyres: Cooper Control Slick & Wet. Fronts - 180/550x13, Rears - 250/750
Wheel-Base: 2780mm
Front Track: 1605mm
Rear Track: 1535mm
Weight: 540Kg (Including Driver)

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The Cooper Tires British Formula 3 Championship

Worldwide, the British Formula 3 Championship has launched more drivers into Formula One than any other. Racing legends such as Ayrton Senna, Jackie Stewart, Mika Hakkinen and Rubens Barrichello all raced in the British F3 Championship on their journey to Formula One. Today, the British F3 Championship is the top single-seater racing championship in the UK and it continues to be highly important on the international scale. Prove your racing credentials by winning in British F3 and you have a glittering career ahead of you, and, year after year, the championship produces excellent racing talent.

Racing at the top UK circuits and in Europe at legendary race tracks such as Spa-Francorchamps and Monza, the British F3 Championship provides exciting action across the Europe and drivers relish the opportunity of racing for a top British F3 team. Teams and drivers also benefit from great exposure; Channel 4’s regular weekend summer motorsport slot will continue to feature 24-minute edits of every event, while Motors TV will broadcast 50-minute shows to Britain via its Sky-platform satellite channel and across mainland Europe to more than 18 million homes. There is also TV coverage across South America, with a number of Brazilian racing drivers featuring in the 2011 driver lineup.

Representing the Fortec team in 2011 were Lucas Foresti, William Buller, Harry Tincknell and Fahmi Ilyas. Buller was the top finisher for Fortec, finishing fourth in the Drivers’ Championship with Lucas Foresti finishing in seventh place.

Lucas Foresti
Nationality: Brazilian
Date of birth: 12th May 1992
Hometown: Brasilia, Brazil
Place of residence: London, UK


Lucas enjoyed some fantastic results in his second British F3 season, scoring a number of wins and podiums with some great drives.

Recent career history:
2011: British Formula Three Championship with Fortec Motorsports (7th overall)
2011: Formula Three Brazil Open Champion with Cesário Fórmula
2010: British Formula Three Championship with Carlin (13th overall)
2010: GP3 Championship with Carlin (19th overall – 1 podium)
2009: Formula Three South American Championship with Cesário Fórmula (third overall – 1 win, 7 podiums)
2008: Initial Formula Three training with Team Amir Nasr Racing


For more information about Lucas
please visit his website www.lucasforesti.com

Fahmi Ilyas
Nationality: Malaysian
Date of Birth:
17th March 1992
Hometown: Kuala Lumpur,
Malaysia



Fahmi has performed well in his first British F3 season; this year has been a steep learning curve for the young Malaysian but he has shown strong racing potential.

Recent career history:
2011: British Formula Three Championship with Fortec Motorsports (21st overall)
2010: Formula BMW Europe 2010 with DAMS (13th overall)
2009: Formula BMW Pacific with E-Rain (4th overall – one win)
2008: Kart racing in the Asian Open Series
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