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Formula Nordic champion Linus Granfors joins Fortec for GB4 opener

by Steve Whitfield

Photo: Jakob Ebrey Photography

Fortec Motorsports has added Formula Nordic champion Linus Granfors to its line-up for this weekend’s GB4 season opener at Oulton Park.

The 16-year-old Swede, who is the brother of 2022 GB3 runner-up Joel Granfors, graduated from karting in 2020 and finished fifth in his homeland in the Aquila Synergy Cup, and the following year became champion in Aquila Formula 1000 with nine wins and eight other podiums from 18 starts.

He finished third with one victory upon stepping up to the Formula Renault 1.6-spec Formula Nordic in 2022, and last year won 13 out of 15 races to clinch the crown.

Granfors joined Fortec at last week’s pre-season GB4 test at Silverstone, and was comfortably quickest on day one after topping all four sessions.

“It’s very exciting to make my UK race debut this weekend,” said Granfors.

“I attended several races when Joel drove for Fortec in 2021 and 2022, so I do feel at home and integrated with the team already. We had a really good test last week, my first day in the car and my first experience around Silverstone, and hopefully it can translate into some strong races at Oulton Park.”

“What we’ve seen of Linus in the little testing we’ve done together is absolutely impressive,” added Fortec’s team principal, Ollie Dutton. “He’s done literally one day in the car, last week at Silverstone, and he immediately topped every single session and went below the existing lap record.

“We’re massively excited to have him with us at Oulton Park this weekend and to continue our excellent relationship with the Granfors family.”

Another driver signed only for Oulton Park is Rishab Jain, who will drive for Chris Dittmann Racing in GB3. The 22-year-old Singaporean came 46th in a part-time Italian Formula 4 campaign in 2022 and was seventh in Indian F4 last year.

Following the season-opening GB3 event, Jain will participate in multiple series tests and make a decision later in the year whether to contest further races.