William Buller (racing driver)

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William Buller
William Buller 2013.jpg
Buller in 2013.
Nationality United Kingdom
Born (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 21)
Scarva (Northern Ireland)
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Debut season 2013
Current team Zeta Corse
Car no. 23
Starts 8
Wins 0
Poles 0
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 11th in 2013
Previous series
2012-13
2012
201012
2009
2008–09
200809
2008
2008
2008
2007
FIA European F3 Championship
GP3 Series
British Formula Three
Formula BMW Pacific
Toyota Racing Series
Formula BMW Europe
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
FR2.0 Portugal Winter Series
Formula BMW Americas
T Cars

William Buller (born 17 September 1992 in Scarva, County Down[1]) is a British racing driver.

Career[edit]

T Cars[edit]

After successful spells in both karting and mini stocks, Buller made his circuit racing debut in the 2007 T Cars championship; the series designed for aspiring racing drivers between fourteen and seventeen years of age. Driving for Calvin Motorsport, Buller finished as series runner-up behind Daniel Brown, winning five races, including a hat-trick at Brands Hatch[2][3][4] and finished on the podium in a further five races.

Formula BMW[edit]

Despite being only fifteen, Buller moved up into the newly created Formula BMW Europe series for 2008, which had been formed from the merger of the British and German series.[5] Driving for Fortec Motorsport, Buller took twelfth in the championship standings, taking the fastest lap at the final race at Monza.[6] Buller also made a guest appearance in the Formula BMW Americas series, driving for Autotecnica at the Canadian Grand Prix-supporting rounds of the championship. He finished fourteenth and ninth in the two races, and also finished ninth in the World Final for EuroInternational.

At the conclusion of the season, Buller competed in the Winter Series of both the British and Portuguese Formula Renault series, and also the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand. He finished fifth in both Formula Renault championships, and he finished in the top ten of the Toyota Racing Series, despite competing in only three of the six rounds.

Buller returned to Formula BMW in 2009, again staying with Fortec.[7] A first win proved elusive, although he did take a pole position at Silverstone,[8] and also finished third at the Nürburgring,[9] en route to tenth in the championship. Buller made a guest appearance for EuroInternational at the final round of the Formula BMW Pacific championship in Macau. He dominated the weekend, winning from pole position with fastest lap to boot, holding off team-mate Jim Pla to win the race.[10]

Formula Three[edit]

Buller will move into the British Formula Three Championship for the 2010 season, driving for Hitech Racing.[11] Prior to the season beginning, he also won the inaugural Formula 3 Brazil Open race in São Paulo for Hitech, his debut in a Formula Three car.[12]

In April 2012 it was confirmed that Buller would join Carlin for the newly christened European F3 Championship. The calendar will comprise eight F3 Euro Series rounds and a pair of events from the British championship.[13]

In 2013 Buller started the FIA European Formula Three Championship with Threebond by T-Sport driving a Nissan powered Dallara F312. During winter testing he proved to be quick,[14] regularly topping the timing sheets. When results during the first part of the season did not match the expectations, the British driver decided to halt the campaign and focus on the British F3 Championship with Fortec Motorsport.[15]

GP3 Series[edit]

Buller will also compete in the GP3 Series in 2012, again linking up with the Carlin squad.[13] He had a fairly quiet season, apart from an incredible victory from the back of the grid at Silverstone in Race Two. However despite tying with team mate António Félix da Costa for best victory of the season, Buller was not retained by the team for 2013.

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

In 2013, Formula Renault 3.5 team Zeta Corse confirmed Buller to be their sixth driver in only four race weekends after Emmanuel Piget, Mihai Marinescu, Mathéo Tuscher, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Nick Yelloly. Buller made his debut at Moscow Raceway in Russia, and in the first race finished a very strong fifth place. He followed that up with a fifth and sixth place finishes at the Red Bull Ring in Austria alongside new team mate Riccardo Agostini.

Buller stated his desire to continue his Formula Renault 3.5 campaign with Zeta after confirming his discontinuation of his European Formula Three campaign for 2013, and running alongside his British Formula Three campaign.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2007 T Cars Calvin Motorsport 16 5 2 2 10 134 2nd
2008 Formula BMW Europe Fortec Motorsport 16 0 0 1 0 87 12th
Formula Renault 2.0 Portugal Winter Series 2 0 0 0 1 18 5th
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series Fortec Competition 4 0 0 0 0 58 5th
Formula BMW Americas Autotecnica 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
Formula BMW World Final EuroInternational 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 9th
2008–09 Toyota Racing Series Giles Motorsport 9 2 0 2 3 467 10th
2009 Formula BMW Europe Fortec Motorsport 16 0 1 0 1 113 10th
Formula BMW Pacific EuroInternational 1 1 1 1 1 0 NC†
2010 Formula 3 Brazil Open Hitech Racing Brazil 1 1 1 1 1 N/A 1st
British Formula Three Championship Hitech Racing 30 0 0 1 5 111 8th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
Macau Grand Prix Formula Three Fortec Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 15th
2011 British Formula Three Championship Fortec Motorsport 30 3 3 4 9 197 4th
Macau Grand Prix Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
2012 GP3 Series Carlin 16 1 0 0 1 20 15th
Formula 3 Euro Series 24 2 1 1 8 182.5 5th
FIA European Formula 3 Championship 16 0 1 0 5 137 6th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 6th
Macau Grand Prix Formula Three 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 10th
2013 FIA European Formula 3 Championship ThreeBond with T-Sport 12 0 0 0 0 39 16th
Fortec Motorsports 3 0 0 0 0
British Formula Three Championship 12 1 6 0 7 134 3rd
Formula Renault 3.5 Series Zeta Corse 10 0 0 0 0 46 11th
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Arden Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 12* 9th*

* Season in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Points
2012 Carlin ESP
FEA

23
ESP
SPR

9
MON
FEA

12
MON
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

10
VAL
SPR

9
GBR
FEA

Ret
GBR
SPR

1
GER
FEA

9
GER
SPR

Ret
HUN
FEA

23
HUN
SPR

12
BEL
FEA

13
BEL
SPR

8
ITA
FEA

10
ITA
SPR

12
15th 20

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
2013 Zeta Corse MNZ
1

MNZ
2

ALC
1

ALC
2

MON
1

SPA
1

SPA
2

MSC
1

5
MSC
2

20
RBR
1

6
RBR
2

5
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

16
LEC
1

8
LEC
2

8
CAT
1

5
CAT
2

Ret
11th 46
2014 Arden Motorsport MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

Ret
ALC
1

Ret
ALC
2

Ret
MON
1

16
SPA
1

11
SPA
2

12
MSC
1

11
MSC
2

10
NÜR
1

Ret
NÜR
2

10
HUN
1

HUN
2

LEC
1

LEC
2

JER
1

JER
2

18th* 14*

* Season in progress.

Personal life[edit]

Buller's hobbies are water sports, training and playing football.[16] His favourite drivers are Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen,[16] while his favourite circuits are Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Rockingham Motor Speedway.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hamill, Sammy (2009-11-26). "Buller is streetwise in Macau". Belfast Telegraph (Independent News and Media Northern Ireland). Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  2. ^ "Buller dominates at Brands Hatch". motorsportvision.co.uk (MotorSport Vision). 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  3. ^ "Buller double victory joy". motorsportvision.co.uk (MotorSport Vision). 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Buller scores T Cars hat-trick". motorsportvision.co.uk (MotorSport Vision). 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  5. ^ Haapanen, Tom (2008-02-29). "Autotecnica: success from the ground up". motorsport.com Magazine Channel (motorsport.com). Retrieved 2009-12-05. "The team also applied for an entry in the new Formula BMW Europe series, formed by a merger of the existing German and British series." 
  6. ^ "Round 8, Race 2 Classification after 11 Laps – 63.414 km" (PDF). asadr.com (Asad Rahman). 2008-09-14. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  7. ^ "Buller to return to Formula BMW Europe". motorstv.com (Motors TV). 2009-01-26. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  8. ^ "Formula BMW Europe: Silverstone Qualifying" (PDF). bmw-motorsport.com (Formula BMW). 2009-06-20. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Formula BMW Europe: Nürburgring Race 2" (PDF). bmw-motorsport.com (Formula BMW). 2009-07-12. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  10. ^ "WTCC Race of Macau 2009: Formula BMW Pacific – RACE RESULT". mstworld.com (MST Systems Ltd.). 2009-11-22. Retrieved 2009-12-05. 
  11. ^ Freeman, Glenn (ed.) (2009-12-03). "Pit & Paddock: BMW ace Buller steps up to F3". Autosport 198 (10): p. 23. 
  12. ^ O'Leary, Jamie (2010-01-24). "Buller wins Brazilian Open F3 event". autosport.com (Haymarket Publications). Retrieved 2010-01-24. 
  13. ^ a b Weeks, James (12 April 2012). "Buller confirms dual GP3 and European F3 programme with Carlin". motorstv.com (Motors TV). Retrieved 12 April 2012. 
  14. ^ "F3 European Championship: Testdagen Barcelona: Buller zet Nissan aan de top op de tweede testdag". Autosport.be (in Dutch). 2013-03-10. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  15. ^ "F3 Euro: Will Buller verlaat T-Sport voor Fortec Motorsport". Autosport.be (in Dutch). 2013-05-23. Retrieved 2012-05-23. 
  16. ^ a b c "Formula BMW Europe. 2009 Championship Guide.". bmw-motorsport.com. Retrieved 2009-10-11. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural event
Formula 3 Brazil Open
Winner

2010
Succeeded by
Lucas Foresti