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Aitken makes Formula Renault 2.0 NEC step with Fortec

by Peter Allen

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography/Renault

British driver Jack Aitken has confirmed he will compete in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Championship this coming season with Fortec Motorsports.

The 17-year-old from London contested his rookie season in single-seaters in 2012, finishing third in the Intersteps Championship for Fortec. The top car racing newcomer, he claimed two wins, two pole positions and a total of 13 podium finishes.

At the end of the year he made his first steps into Formula Renault, entering with BARC Winter Series in the UK. Finishing on the podium in all four races, he claimed one pole position and then a win in the final race of the campaign at Rockingham to end up second in the final standings, just one point behind teammate and BARC regular Seb Morris.

“It’s brilliant that I’m going to be spending another season racing with Fortec racing in the Formula Renault NEC Championship,” said Aitken. “Fortec Motorsports has a reputation for success which I intend to live up to this year, and I’m sure the team will be behind me every step of the way.”

Fortec team manager Jamie Dye added: “We are very proud to have Jack with us for another year and can?t wait to see his racing career with Fortec Motorsports develop. Jack showed great promise when he competed in the Intersteps series last year and we are confident he?s got what it takes to move up to the NEC and be a real contender.”

Aitken is the fifth driver to confirm their participation in the NEC this year with Fortec. Mexican Formula BMW Talent Cup graduate Alfonso Celis confirmed his place to the Mexican media last week, joining Indian second-year Shahaan Engineer, American?Ryan Tveter and Intersteps champion Matt Parry. Morris is also expected to step up to continental competition with Fortec.