Friday 15th January isn’t just a normal Friday… For me it’s my last full day in my current job. Having been with Fortec Motorsports for just over 2 and a half years, today marks the end of an era. My time at Fortec has seen me climb and navigate several obsticles, not only at work as a mechanic but also my personality.
I started at Fortec in June 2013 on the British Formula Renault team, running Sam MacLeod. I will always remember that first day I walked into the workshop, as if the day wasn’t hard enough we were leaving for a test in Wales that evening. There was no time for any “hello’s” as it was all hands on to get the two cars ready to be loaded into the trucks, ready for the trip to Anglesey. I don’t know the best way to describe the journey other than ‘awkward’, although 4 hours of awkward was a good way to finally get to know my new colleagues. Once we arrived it was typical Wales weather.. dark, cold, windy and wet – the perfect combination for a so called summer test.
As mentioned, my time at Fortec has helped my personality grow and grow. As Fortec is based in Northamptonshire, I had a decision to make, either commute from my parents in Derbyshire every morning or move out and live closer to work. For the first 6 months I choose to commute, the prospect of getting home every evening and having a lovely meal on the table made the hour and a half drive worthwhile. But that novelty soon wore off, and in January 2014 I rented an ensuite room in a house share that was only a 5 minute drive from Fortec, which was perfect for the 3am starts – one of the perk of the job!
2014 was the year I made another huge step in my career, I stepped up to the Formula Renault Eurocup squad. For those that aren’t aware, FR Eurocup is known as the one of the most competitive junior series. For me, working in motorsport is more than just a job as a mechanic, especially competing in a championship that travels all across Europe, it gives you the opportunity to see the world. Although we don’t get heaps of free time, the time we do get we make the most of. A highlight of 2014 was defiantly visiting Moscow in Russia, walking round the Red Square and learning some of the history was not something I ever thought would be possible when I started Fortec back in 2013.
I would just like to say a huge thank you to everyone at Fortec that I’ve met and dealt with over the past 2 years, I have met some good friends. We’ve had some good and bad times, but we’ve always come out the other side smiling and stronger.
Onto the next chapter..