Ginetta front-runner Jonny Wilkinson joins Fortec Motorsport for British F3 finale
- Ginetta GT5 Challenge title contender Wilkinson joins Fortec Motorsport for British F3 finale at Silverstone.
- Experienced tin-top front-runner ready to mix it with the best in UK’s premier single-seater category at the ‘Home of British Motorsport’
Fortec Motorsport are pleased to announce Ginetta GT5 Challenge front-runner Jonny Wilkinson will join the team for the upcoming BRDC British Formula 3 Championship season finale at Silverstone this weekend [07-08 November].
Rising star Wilkinson, who currently sits third in the highly-acclaimed tin-top category with a race victory, seven further podium finishes and a one-hundred percent top-five finish record in 2020, also counts a part-season in Ginetta Juniors and a one-off appearance in the F4 US Championship at Road Atlanta amongst his experience to date.
He will partner Brazilian racer Roberto Faria at the Daventry-based outfit for the final triple-header of the season in the UK’s premier single-seater category at Silverstone, ‘the Home of British Motorsport’.
Wilkinson’s only previous racing visit to the Northamptonshire circuit came in late September this year, the 16-year old taking a brace of fifth-place finishes to put down a solid foundation for his biggest single-seater challenge to date this time out.
It also keeps the Abthorpe-based driver on the high-profile British GT Championship package, which has been granted ‘Elite Sport’ status by Motorsport UK amidst the current COVID-19 restrictions, and therefore can conclude the 2020 season this weekend.
Qualifying kicks off the weekend at 10:50 on Saturday, ahead of the opening race at 13:45. Sunday features a double-header of live action across British F3’s channels, with races set to start at 09:20 and 11:50 respectively.
Ollie Dutton, Fortec Motorsport said:
“We’re delighted to have Jonny join us for the final BRDC British Formula 3 Championship round of 2020.
“It’s been a difficult year, but we’re happy to end it in such a strong position, with two fast drivers to push each other on.
“We’re excited to see how Jonny and Roberto work together, and hopefully have a successful weekend at Silverstone to round out the season.
“It’s such a competitive grid, but Jonny was right on the pace from the first test we had with him and we’re all looking forward to seeing him develop as the weekend progresses.
“We’re all excited for the last round. Roberto’s shown just how quickly it’s possible to come in against some of the championship’s established names and start leaving a mark, so the aim is to help Jonny emulate that. We’ve got all the ingredients there to end 2020 on a high!”
Jonny Wilkinson said:
“I’m really pleased to be joining the Fortec team! After testing with them last week I’m feeling confident going into this weekend at Silverstone.
“The British F3 car was lovely to drive and, whilst it’s obviously a step up from Ginetta GT5, I feel like my previous experience in single seaters in America will help with this transition.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve at the last round of the championship this weekend! I’d like to say a huge thank you to Ollie and Richard [Dutton] from Fortec Motorsport for giving me this opportunity, and to Phil Glew and Eddie Reynolds from Edge for linking us together!
“And, of course, my step-dad Connor and Mum, Alison, for being behind me every step of the way, as well as all my sponsors and partners for their continued support.”