Oliver Webb

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Oliver Webb
Oliver Webb 2013.jpg
Webb in 2013.
Nationality  British
Born (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 23)
Manchester (United Kingdom)
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2011
Current team Fortec Motorsports
Car no. 6
Former teams Pons Racing
Starts 33
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best champ.
finish
15th in 2013
Previous series
2011-12
2010
2009
200809
2008
2008
200708
2007
2005
2005–06
Indy Lights
British Formula Three
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 UK
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
Formula BMW UK
T Cars Autumn Trophy
T Cars
Awards
2006 Formula BMW Scholarship

Oliver "Oli" James Webb (born 20 March 1991 in Manchester) is a British auto racing driver.

Career[edit]

Karting[edit]

Webb began his career in karting at the age of nine, progressing up through the ranks in the Greater Manchester karting scene with the help of management from British Touring Car Championship driver Michael Bentwood.[1] With more experience, Webb started to win races at the Three Sisters Karting Circuit in Wigan, eventually winning that circuit's Mini Max Championship in 2004. He finished fourth in the Junior Max Championship in 2005, combining that with a season in T Cars.

T Cars[edit]

Webb moved into T Cars with Graham Hathaway Engineering in 2005,[2] combining the campaign with schoolwork and his karting career. He continued into the 2005 Autumn Trophy, finishing second to Adrian Quaife-Hobbs.[3] He finished third in the 2006 main series,[3] winning three races, a non-championship double-header at Brands Hatch,[4] and achieved a record seven fastest laps in a season.[1]

Formula BMW[edit]

At the conclusion of the 2006 season, Bentwood entered Webb into the Formula BMW Scholarship Programme where drivers had the opportunity to be awarded with a financial contribution towards their racing budget, and an education and coaching programme from BMW Motorsport. Webb was one of the six chosen drivers for the scholarship, moving into Formula BMW UK in 2007. Webb drove for Carlin Motorsport, alongside Henry Surtees. Webb finished ninth in the championship, despite not finishing on the podium in any of the twenty races.[3]

Formula Renault[edit]

Webb competing during the 2008 Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park.

He moved to the British Formula Renault Championship to compete in the Winter Series in 2007. Competing for Fortec Motorsport, Webb finished fifteenth in the four-race series, with a best race result of eleventh at Croft.[5] Webb continued his progression up the British motorsport ladder, by moving into the main British series for the 2008 season. Staying with Fortec, Webb finished every single race in the points en route to eighth in the overall championship.[3] His best result was fourth place at round seventeen, at Silverstone.[6] He finished third in the Graduates Cup for first-year drivers, behind Dean Stoneman and James Calado.

Webb competing during the 2009 Formula Renault UK season at Oulton Park.

Webb competed in three other Formula Renault series during the season, competing in the Northern European Cup, and the British and Portuguese Winter Series championships. In the NEC, he recorded a fourth place finish at Spa, and added a twelfth at Zolder to wind up 25th in the standings.[7] In the UK Winter Series, Webb finished fourth overall in the four-race series, finishing on the podium at Rockingham.[8] A retirement in the second race cost him a top-three championship spot.[3] Finally, he finished as runner-up to team-mate Calado in the Portuguese Winter Series, with the two taking all four victories, Calado with three and Webb with one.

In 2009, Webb returned for a second season in Formula Renault UK.[3] Consistency was the key for Webb, as he finished all but one race of the season, winning two races at Brands Hatch and at Silverstone. Webb was never outside the top-five in the championship standings, leading the championship after fourteen races before falling behind Dean Smith and Calado later in the season. Webb achieved ten podiums over the course of the season.[3] He also made his first foray into the Eurocup, taking part in the rounds in Barcelona and at Le Mans.

Formula Three[edit]

For the 2010 season, Webb continued to drive for Fortec, but stepped up to compete in the British Formula Three Championship.[9][10] Webb finished third in the championship with three wins, 14 podium finishes, and four fastest laps.

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

Oliver Webb at the 2011 Nürburgring World series by Renault round

For 2011 Webb signed with the Spanish Pons Racing team to race in Formula Renault 3.5. He finished 21st in the championship with five points finishes, scoring a best result of sixth in the final race at the Circuit de Catalunya.

Webb returned to the series in 2013 with Fortec Motorsport. Despite previously saying that he was not expecting to race single-seaters in 2014,[11] it was announced that he would be returning to Pons Racing to race in Formula Renault 3.5 in 2014.[12]

Indy Lights[edit]

Webb made his debut in the American Firestone Indy Lights series at the 2011 double-header at Edmonton for Jensen MotorSport. Webb finished on the podium in third in the first attrition-filled race and finished fifth in the second. He rejoined the team for the race in Baltimore where he crashed out after running in the top five and made his oval racing debut at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway season finale where he finished tenth.[13]

Webb signed with Sam Schmidt Motorsports to compete in the 2012 Indy Lights season.[14] Webb finished seventh in points and won the pole and finished on the podium in third place at Belle Isle, his best finish.

European Le Mans Series[edit]

In March 2014 it was announced that Webb would join Signatech to participate in their attempt to defend their LMP2 title alongside Nelson Panciatici and Paul-Loup Chatin, following a last-minute deal to race the 24 Hours of Daytona with OAK Racing.[11]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2005 T Cars Graham Hathaway Engineering  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?
T Cars Autumn Trophy  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? 117 2nd
2006 T Cars Graham Hathaway Engineering 20 3 3  ? 11 133 3rd
2007 Formula BMW UK Carlin Motorsport 18 0 0 0 0 406 9th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series Fortec Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 29 15th
2008 British Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 20 0 0 0 0 267† 8th
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 4 0 0 0 0 25 27th
British Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 0 0 0 0 64 4th
Portuguese Formula Renault 2.0 Winter Series 4 1 1 0 1 28 2nd
2009 British Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 20 2 0 2 10 419† 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup 4 0 0 0 0 0 29th
2010 British Formula Three Championship Fortec Motorsport 30 3 4 4 14 250 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 18th
2011 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing 17 0 0 0 0 17 21st
Firestone Indy Lights Jensen MotorSport 4 0 0 0 1 104 18th
2012 Firestone Indy Lights Sam Schmidt Motorsports 12 0 1 0 1 310 7th
2013 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsports 16 0 0 0 0 27 15th
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Pons Racing
  • † - After dropped scores.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2011 Pons Racing ALC
1

11
ALC
2

17
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

18
MNZ
1

9
MNZ
2

11
MON
1

Ret
NÜR
1

16
NÜR
2

17
HUN
1

19
HUN
2

7
SIL
1

7
SIL
2

12
LEC
1

11
LEC
2

10
CAT
1

Ret
CAT
2

6
21st 17
2013 Fortec Motorsports MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

9
ALC
1

11
ALC
2

17
MON
1

11
SPA
1

12
SPA
2

9
MSC
1

9
MSC
2

7
RBR
1

DNS
RBR
2

16
HUN
1

16
HUN
2

10
LEC
1

13
LEC
2

22
CAT
1

10
CAT
2

10
15th 27
2014 Pons Racing MNZ
1

12
MNZ
2

14
ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

13
MON
1

12
SPA
1

SPA
2

MSC
1

MSC
2

NÜR
1

NÜR
2

HUN
1

HUN
2

LEC
1

LEC
2

JER
1

JER
2

24th* 0*

* Season in progress.

American open–wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2011 Jensen MotorSport STP ALA LBH INDY MIL IOW TOR EDM1
3
EDM2
5
TRO NHM BAL
11
KTY LVS
10
18th 104
2012 Sam Schmidt Motorsports STP
4
ALA
13
LBH
6
INDY
15
DET
3
MIL
12
IOW
12
TOR
5
EDM
4
TRO
5
BAL
6
FON
8
7th 310

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 France Signatech-Alpine France Paul-Loup Chatin
France Nelson Panciatici
Alpine A450b-Nissan LMP2 355 7th 3rd

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Biography". Oliver Webb (Electric Studio). Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  2. ^ "Second place keeps Williams' championship hopes alive". James Williams (MSO). 2005-08-22. Retrieved 2009-12-15. "Starting race two from fourth on the grid, James dropped down at the start to sixth but had got back up to fourth before a collision on lap seven between Barry Russell and Oliver Webb brought out the red flag." 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g http://www.driverdb.com/drivers/9230/career/ Career statistics at Driver Database
  4. ^ "MSVR's inaugural race meeting runs without a hitch". MotorSport Vision (Brands Hatch). 2006-03-22. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  5. ^ "2007 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Cup; Race 4 - CLASSIFICATION" (Portable Document Format). tsl-timing.com (Timing Solutions Ltd.). 2007-11-10. p. 29. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  6. ^ "2008 Formula Renault UK Championship with Michelin; Round 17 - CLASSIFICATION". tsl-timing.com (Timing Solutions Ltd.). 2008-08-31. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Tabelle Northern European Cup Formula Renault 2.0 2008". renault-sport.de (Renault Sport). Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  8. ^ "2008 Formula Renault UK with Michelin Winter Cup; Race 2 - CLASSIFICATION" (Portable Document Format). tsl-timing.com (Timing Solutions Ltd.). 2008-11-08. p. 24. Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Webb signs to Fortec for 2010 Formula 3 campaign". fota.co.uk (British Formula Three Championship). 2009-11-30. Retrieved 2009-12-13. 
  10. ^ Simpson, Andrew (2009-12-03). "Knutsford teenager Oliver Webb to race in British F3 championship". Knutsford Guardian (Newsquest Media Group). Retrieved 2009-12-15. 
  11. ^ a b Watkins, Gary (19 March 2014). "Oliver Webb seals Signatech Alpine European Le Mans Series drive". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  12. ^ "Roberto Merhi and Oliver Webb join 2014 Formula Renault 3.5 grid". Autosport (Haymarket Publications). 10 April 2014. Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  13. ^ Webb returns to Jensen for BGP, Vegas, IndyCar, 29 August 2011, Retrieved 2011-08-29
  14. ^ Schmidt signs Oliver Webb for 2012 Indy Lights season, Racer, 1 December 2011, Retrieved 2011-12-01

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