Lynn returns to Fortec for 2011

 Formula Renault Winter Cup champion Alex Lynn is to remain with Fortec Motorsport for 2011 to contest a second season in the Formula Renault UK Championship.

Lynn, 17, will look to build on a successful debut season in car racing in 2010, in which he won the Graduate Cup class for young rookie drivers in the main Renault UK series before his Winter Cup triumph.

“The one goal I have got is to win the overall championship,” said Lynn. “Fortec and I have worked really well together over the season and since the winter testing started it has gone extremely well. We should be looking pretty handy for the title – we’ve tested nearly everywhere and every day has gone really well.”

Alex’s last day of pre-Christmas testing ended with him comfortably fastest on the Valencia circuit. “It was really good, and we were very happy with how it went,” he added.

Fortec team boss Richard Dutton, whose squad carried Tom Blomqvist to the Formula Renault UK title in 2010, is delighted to retain Lynn and predicts that the Essex youngster will spearhead the team’s charge.

“We’re delighted with Alex’s progress and we expect it to continue as testing progresses before the 2011 season,” said Dutton. “We anticipate that Alex will pick up where he left off in the Winter Cup, in which he won three races.”

RACING IN NEW ZEALANDLynn is heading to New Zealand to contest the Toyota Racing Series, which begins on January 16 at Teretonga on the South Island and includes the New Zealand Grand Prix – an event previously won by legends including Stirling Moss, Jack Brabham, Jackie Stewart, John Surtees and Graham Hill.

Among Alex’s likely rivals are highly-rated reigning champion Mitch Evans, Australian Scott Pye (this year’s British Formula Ford champion), as well as Red Bull junior driver Daniil Kvyat and Josh Hill, son of F1 World Champion Damon Hill.Lynn, who will drive for leading team Giles Motorsport, said: “It’s going to be very prestigious and also quite difficult. I’ve never driven one of the cars, but I’m glad that the Michelin tyres we’ll be using are the same as the ones I’m used to in Formula Renault.

“The first race is at the most southerly civilization in the world, Teretonga, and then we head north to Auckland. I’ll be staying with my 2009 team-mate Tom Blomqvist at his home out there, and I can’t wait!”