Oliver Rowland and Jazeman Jaafar spoke to Crash.net in Jerez after helping Fortec Motorsport win their first Formula Renault 3.5 team title two weeks ago.

The British outfit has been a prominent part of Renault's flagship series since 2007 and have finished as runners up on three separate occasions. Former drivers champions with Robin Frijns back in 2012, this is their first team championship after narrowly losing the championship to DAMS Racing last year. The team made great improvements in time for pre-season testing and provided experienced racers Jaafar and 2015 champion Rowland with a reliable car.

Rowland has been their star billing since commencing his second FR3.5 season with the team earlier this year. Their 2015 campaign got off to a perfect start with a first race win at the Motorland, Aragon. The Briton has enjoyed a record-setting year with Fortec, securing more wins than any one driver in a single season with nine and his 289 point haul is more than second-placed Lotus achieved combined with still one more race to come.

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"They have been helpful, I drove for Fortec in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup before moving to Manor for the 2013 season," he told Crash.net at Jerez. "They are a great team, they work really hard, everyone definitely deserves it."

Jaafar, who in his third year is one of the more experienced drivers on FR3.5 grid matched Rowland's sentiments. It has been a less consistent year for the Malaysian but the 23-year-old has played a big role in securing the team title.

Jaafar was also quick to praise the relaxed environment created by the team throughout their 3.5 litre campaign. They will remain as part of the Formula 3.5 grid when FR3.5 parts ways with Renault in a matter of weeks.

"Obviously, I'm happy we secured [the championship] earlier on at Le Mans with a few races to go. The team has done a strong and fantastic job all year so I am happy for the team, he retierated. "I like the working environment."

2015 with Fortec has been a significant improvement on his previous season at the helm of a solitary ISR. The Petronas-backed driver was without a team mate and the valuable insight and telemetry they can bring. Partnering with Rowland, he therefore continues, has been a worthwhile experience.

"I've come a long way really because last year I didn't even have a team mate but this year, I have learned a lot from Oliver. Doing what we did last year was pretty strong and now this year too so overall I'm happy."

Fortec will remain the final team champions under the guise of the World Series by Renault and will move across to Formula 3.5 as part of a shake up for 2016. However, with five years between them, Jaafar nor Rowland will continue into FR3.5 next year prompting an all-new line up at the British squad next season.

A number of FR2.0 Eurocup drivers will therefore test with the team next week as part of post-season running, all hoping to secure a seat with the defending champions ahead of the start of their 2016 campaign in April.