Jon Lancaster

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Jon Lancaster
Nationality British
Born (1988-12-10) 10 December 1988 (age 28)
Leeds, Yorkshire
European Le Mans Series career
Debut season 2015
Current team Greaves Motorsport
Car no. 41
Starts 5
Wins 2
Poles 1
Fastest laps 0
Best finish 1st in 2015
Previous series
2012-2015
2011
2011
200910
2008
2007
2007
200607
2006
GP2 Series
FIA Formula Two Championship
Auto GP
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Formula 3 Euro Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
French Formula Renault 2.0
FR2.0 UK Winter Series
Star of Silverstone
Championship titles
2015 European Le Mans LMP2

Jon Lancaster (born 10 December 1988 in Leeds) is a British Auto racing driver.

Career[edit]

Formula Renault 2.0[edit]

Having competed in karting between 1999 and 2006, Lancaster moved up to single-seater formulae racing, by competing in two Formula Ford races in the Stars of Silverstone series, winning one before moving into the Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series with the AKA Lamac team. Lancaster finished sixteenth in the championship, recording a best finish of 8th during round 2 at Brands Hatch.

Lancaster driving in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 in 2007.

2007 saw Lancaster move up into the Formula Renault Eurocup driving for SG Formula's second team, SG Drivers Project. Lancaster struggled in the early part of the season, amassing only a second-place finish at the Hungaroring from the first six races, but was an absolute revelation in the last eight races. Five wins including the last four races, gave Lancaster second in the championship behind Kiwi Brendon Hartley. He dovetailed that European campaign with a season in the French Formula Renault Championship, competing in eleven of the series' thirteen races, finishing sixth with two wins coming at Magny-Cours and Barcelona. After those seasons, he competed for Hitech Racing's Junior team in the Formula Renault UK Winter Series, finishing fourteenth in the championship despite recording a third place at Donington Park in round two.

Formula 3 Euro Series[edit]

Lancaster moved up to the Formula 3 Euro Series for the 2008 season, driving for multiple champions ART Grand Prix. It was a testing year for the Yorkshireman, finishing twelfth in the championship including a win at the Nürburgring. The season wasn't without incident though, as Lancaster survived a horrendous crash during the season-opening race at Hockenheim. In a similar crash to that of Lucas di Grassi in 2005, Lancaster clipped the rear wheel of Jean Karl Vernay's car, while battling for sixth place and flipped over, skating over the tarmac runoff upside-down, before returning to its wheels in the gravel trap. The Englishman would sit out the second race, due to being at hospital for checkups. In non-championship races, Lancaster finished third at Zolder, for ART at the Masters of Formula 3 event and was 11th at the Macau Grand Prix for Manor Motorsport.

Formula Renault 3.5[edit]

Lancaster had been expected to return to the F3 Euroseries for the 2009 season, driving for SG Formula alongside Toyota junior drivers Henkie Waldschmidt and Andrea Caldarelli,[1] but a pre-season disagreement with the team[2] led to Alexandre Marsoin driving for the team.[3] He joined Comtec Racing for the rest of the 2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season,[2] taking his first win, during the series' first race at the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve in Portimão. He ended up thirteenth in the championship. He returned to the series in 2010, moving to Fortec Motorsport.[4]

Formula Two[edit]

Lancaster began 2011 without a regular drive, but moved to Formula Two to take part in the Magny-Cours event only,[5] driving with sponsorship from Silver Lining. He scored points in both races in which he competed.

Auto GP[edit]

Lancaster also competed two rounds in Auto GP with Super Nova Racing in 2011. He won at Donington in wet conditions.

GP2 Series[edit]

Lancaster made his GP2 Series début in 2012.[6] He signed to drive for Ocean Racing Technology with fellow rookie Nigel Melker.[7] He was replaced by Brendon Hartley after the first event of the season for budgetary reasons.[8]

On 8 May 2013, newcomer GP2 team Hilmer announced that Lancaster would drive alongside Formula Renault champion and Sauber test driver Robin Frijns for the third round of the 2013 GP2 season. On his return, he finished on the podium in the feature race, benefitting from a penalty given to Carlin's Jolyon Palmer. With his team mate winning, it was a double podium for Hilmer.

Lancaster went on to take his maiden GP2 win on 30 June 2013 at his home round at Silverstone, the fifth round of the season. He won the sprint race, repeating the British success that weekend along with Sam Bird who also won that weekend the day before in the feature race.

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Jon Lancaster – World Series by Renault Formule 3.5 – Fortec Motorsport – Silverstone 2010
Jon Lancaster – World Series by Renault Formule 3.5 – Fortec Motorsport – Silverstone 2010
Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2006 Star of Silverstone Silverstone Motorsport Academy 2 1 0  ? 2  ?  ?
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series AKA Lemac 4 0 0 0 0 30 16th
2007 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 SG Drivers Project 14 5 4 3 6 102 2nd
French Formula Renault 2.0 SG Formula 10 2 1 1 3 64 6th
Formula Renault 2.0 UK Winter Series Hitech Junior Team 4 0 0 1 0 33 14th
2008 Formula 3 Euro Series ART Grand Prix 19 1 0 1 2 19 12th
Masters of Formula 3 1 0 0 0 1 N/A 3rd
Macau Grand Prix Manor Motorsport 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 11th
2009 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Comtec Racing 12 1 1 2 2 39 13th
2010 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsport 17 0 1 2 1 39 13th
2011 FIA Formula Two Championship MotorSport Vision 2 0 0 0 0 14 10th
Auto GP Super Nova Racing 4 1 0 2 1 51 11th
2012 GP2 Series Ocean Racing Technology 2 0 0 0 0 0 34th
2013 GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 16 2 0 2 3 73 11th
2014 GP2 Series MP Motorsport 16 0 0 0 0 6 23rd
Hilmer Motorsport
2015 European Le Mans Series Greaves Motorsport 5 2 1 0 3 93 1st
GP2 Series Hilmer Motorsport 2 0 0 0 0 0 32nd

Complete Formula 3 Euro Series results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 DC Points
2008 ART Grand Prix Dallara F308/070 Mercedes HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

DNS
MUG
1

23
MUG
2

25
PAU
1

3
PAU
2

7
NOR
1

5
NOR
2

Ret
ZAN
1

Ret
ZAN
2

Ret
NÜR
1

7
NÜR
2

1
BRH
1

9
BRH
2

10
CAT
1

10
CAT
2

22
BUG
1

12
BUG
2

Ret
HOC
1

Ret
HOC
2

20
12th 19

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
2009 Comtec Racing CAT
1
CAT
2
SPA
1
SPA
2
MON
1
HUN
1

9
HUN
2

10
SIL
1

22
SIL
2

15
BUG
1

8
BUG
2

5
ALG
1

1
ALG
2

Ret
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

Ret
ALC
1

3
ALC
2

20
13th 39
2010 Fortec Motorsport ALC
1

4
ALC
2

Ret
SPA
1

9
SPA
2

7
MON
1

7
BRN
1

10
BRN
2

7
MAG
1

10
MAG
2

Ret
HUN
1

Ret
HUN
2

22
HOC
1

3
HOC
2

8
SIL
1

13
SIL
2

17
CAT
1

14
CAT
2

9
13th 39

Complete Formula Two results[edit]

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

Year No. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2011 23 SIL
1
SIL
2
MAG
1

7
MAG
2

6
SPA
1
SPA
2
NÜR
1
NÜR
2
BRH
1
BRH
2
SPL
1
SPL
2
MON
1
MON
2
CAT
1
CAT
2
10th 14

Complete Auto GP 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 Pos Points
2011 Super Nova Racing MNZ
1
MNZ
2
HUN
1
HUN
2
BRN
1

4
BRN
2

6
DON
1

1
DON
2

4
OSC
1
OSC
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
MUG
1
MUG
2
11th 51

Complete GP2 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 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 DC Points
2012 Ocean Racing Technology SEP
FEA

Ret
SEP
SPR

17
BHR1
FEA
BHR1
SPR
BHR2
FEA
BHR2
SPR
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
VAL
FEA
VAL
SPR
SIL
FEA
SIL
SPR
HOC
FEA
HOC
SPR
HUN
FEA
HUN
SPR
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
MRN
FEA
MRN
SPR
34th 0
2013 Hilmer Motorsport SEP
FEA
SEP
SPR
BHR
FEA
BHR
SPR
CAT
FEA

3
CAT
SPR

10
MON
FEA

12
MON
SPR

17
SIL
FEA

5
SIL
SPR

1
NÜR
FEA

7
NÜR
SPR

1
HUN
FEA

23
HUN
SPR

18
SPA
FEA
SPA
SPR
MNZ
FEA

13
MNZ
SPR

17
MRN
FEA

9
MRN
SPR

5
YMC
FEA

Ret
YMC
SPR

Ret
11th 73
2014 MP Motorsport BHR
FEA

17
BHR
SPR

15
CAT
FEA
CAT
SPR
MON
FEA
MON
SPR
RBR
FEA
RBR
SPR
23rd 6
Hilmer Motorsport SIL
FEA

22
SIL
SPR

13
HOC
FEA

Ret
HOC
SPR

5
HUN
FEA

17
HUN
SPR

16
SPA
FEA

19
SPA
SPR

Ret
MNZ
FEA

11
MNZ
SPR

15
SOC
FEA

12
SOC
SPR

16
YMC
FEA

18
YMC
SPR

14
2015 Hilmer Motorsport BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

CAT
FEA

CAT
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

RBR
FEA

RBR
SPR

SIL
FEA

16
SIL
SPR

17
HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

SPA
FEA

SPA
SPR

MNZ
FEA

MNZ
SPR

SOC
FEA

SOC
SPR

BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

YMC
FEA

YMC
SPR

32nd 0

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2014 Switzerland Race Performance Switzerland Michel Frey
France Franck Mailleux
Oreca 03R-Judd LMP2 342 12th 8th
2015 United Kingdom Greaves Motorsport Switzerland Gary Hirsch
France Gaëtan Paletou
Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 71 DNF DNF

Complete European Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 Rank Points
2015 Greaves Motorsport LMP2 Gibson 015S Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
IMO
4
RBR
4
LEC
1
EST
2
1st 93

Personal life[edit]

Lancaster is an alumnus of Calverley Church of England Primary and Horsforth High School, and has interests in karting, football, bike riding. He is also a supporter of English football team, Leeds United.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Lancaster to lead SG line-up". autosport.com. 23 January 2009. Retrieved 4 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Comtec Renault deal ends Lancaster's wait". Autosport. Vol. 196 no. 11. 11 June 2009. p. 27. 
  3. ^ "The 2009 Formula 3 Euro Series – impressive top-class grid". Formula 3 Euro Series. 13 May 2009. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 13 May 2009. 
  4. ^ English, Steven (29 March 2010). "Lancaster joins Fortec for FR3.5". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 29 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Jon Lancaster signs up to F2". 11 May 2011. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  6. ^ "Jon Lancaster joins Ocean for GP2". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. 6 March 2012. Retrieved 6 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Elizalde, Pablo (14 November 2011). "Nigel Melker graduates to GP2 full time with Ocean Racing". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 14 November 2011. 
  8. ^ "Ocean GP2 team hopes Jon Lancaster's absence from Bahrain round is a one-off". autosport.com. Haymarket Publications. 20 April 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2012. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Oliver Webb
Nelson Panciatici
Paul-Loup Chatin
European Le Mans Series
LMP2 Champion

2015 with:
Björn Wirdheim
Gary Hirsch
Succeeded by
Incumbent