Stuart Leonard

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Stuart Leonard
Stuart Leonard1.jpg
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 27)
London, UK
Current team WRT

Stuart Leonard (born 13th June 1991) is a British racing driver who is currently competing in the Blancpain GT Series for W Racing Team (also known as Team WRT), driving an Audi R8 LMS (GT3).

Career[edit]

Caterhams[edit]

In 2012, whilst studying for a degree in International Financial Management, Leonard started his motorsport career in the Caterham Tracksport category. Due to his university commitments, he was only able to compete in some of the scheduled races. In Leonard's first year he took home two podiums[1], consisting of a win, and third place position, both at the Nürburgring GP circuit in Germany.

In 2013 Leonard moved up to the top of the Caterham ladder (R300 Superlight Championship), whilst being coached by the 2012 R300 Champion, Paul Wilson. That year, Leonard entered the second to last round leading the championship, however due to mechanical difficulties finished the championship second on points[2].

Aston Martin GT3[edit]

In 2014 Leonard started driving for Prodrive in the GT3 category. After a successful debut driving their Aston Martin GT3 at VLN Nürburgring Nordschleife, Leonard started competing in the Blancpain GT Endurance Series, racing his first 24 hour race at the Spa 24 Hours (Pro-Am)[3].

In 2015 Leonard won the Silverstone round of the Blancpain GT Endurance Series (Pro-Am) with Michael Meadows and Paul Wilson[4], completing the Blancpain GT Endurance Championship in fourth position. Leonard also participated in the British GT series at Spa-Francorchamps with Michael Meadows, finishing third overall and first in class (Silver Cup).

Audi R8 GT3[edit]

In 2015 Leonard moved from Prodrive to W-Racing Team, driving an Audi R8 GT3. Leonard competed in an all pro line-up in the Sepang 12 Hours, part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Leonard achieved his first win with Audi, alongside his teammates Laurens Vanthoor and Stéphane Ortelli[5].

In 2016 Leonard entered the Dubai 24 Hour, alongside his teammates Laurens Vanthoor, Michael Meadows and Alain Ferté. The team won the race, making it Audi’s first win in the Dubai 24 Hour. Later that year Leonard competed with Michael Meadows in the Blancpain GT Sprint Cup for the Silver Cup Championship, and the Blancpain Endurance Cup, adding Robin Frijns to the team line-up in the Pro Cup.

Leonard also competed in the 24 Hours Nürburgring, with teammates Robin Frijns, Frederic Vervische and Edward Sandstrome, finishing eighth overall.

In 2017 Leonard joined teammate Robin Frijns for the Blancpain Sprint Pro Cup. Together they became the 2017 Blancpain Sprint Cup champions. Leonard also competed in the Blancpain Endurance Pro Cup, taking a second place finish in the Barcelona round with teammates Robin Frijns and Jake Dennis.

Leonard also teamed up with Alain Ferté for the two British GT races at Spa-Francorchamps, finishing second in both races[6]

Hyundai Motorsport[edit]

In 2017 Leonard became involved in the development of Hyundai’s road car, the i30N[7]. He was also entered in the first and second rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship, finishing third in class for both[8], and later finishing fourth in class at the 24 Hours Nürburgring.

Racing Record[edit]

Season Series Team Car Races Podiums Wins Position
2012 Caterham, Tracksport DPR Motorsport Caterham Tracksport 8 2 1 N/A
2013 Caterham, R300 Superlight DPR Motorsport Caterham R300 Superlight 14 5 1 3rd
2014 VLN Championship Prodrive Aston Martin GT3 4 0 0 N/A
Blancpain Endurance Championship (ProAm Cup) Prodrive Aston Martin GT3 3 0 0 N/A
2015 Blancpain Endurance Championship (ProAm Cup) Prodrive Aston Martin GT3 5 1 1 4th
British GT Spa-Francorchamps (Overall) Prodrive Aston Martin GT3 1 1 0 3rd
12 Hours of Sepang (Pro) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 1 1 1 1st
2016 Blancpain Sprint Championship (Silver Cup) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 10 5 2 3rd
Blancpain Endurance Championship (Pro Cup) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 5 0 0 44th
24 Hours of Dubai (Pro) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 1 1 1 1st
24 Hours of Nürburgring (Overall) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 1 0 0 8th
2017 Blancpain Sprint Championship (Pro Cup) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 10 4 2 1st
Blancpain Endurance Championship (Pro Cup) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 5 1 0 10th
Blancpain GT Championship (Pro Cup) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 15 5 2 4th
British GT Spa-Francorchamps (Overall) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 2 2 0 2nd
24 Hours of Dubai (Pro) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 1 0 0 13th
8 Hours of Laguna Seca (Pro) WRT Audi R8 LMS GT3 1 0 0 6th

Complete Bathurst 12 Hour results[edit]

Year Car# Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2018 37 Belgium Audi Sport Team WRT Netherlands Robin Frijns
Belgium Dries Vanthoor
Audi R8 LMS APP 271 1st 1st

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 Season Review: Caterham Tracksport Championship". BRSCC.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  2. ^ "2013 Season Review: Caterham R300 Superlight Championship". BRSCC.co.uk. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Five Aston Martins take on Spa 24 Hours". AstonMartin.com. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Blancpain Endurance Series Round 2, Silverstone". Paddock 42. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Stuart Leonard – On the hunt for two in two with WRT". Racing.GT. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Keen and Minshaw take British GT race one at Spa". Motorsport-News.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Final test for Hyundai i30 N during the Nürburgring 24-hours race". Hyundai Media Newsroom. Retrieved 20 October 2017.
  8. ^ "Hyundai i30 N To Race At The Nurburgring". Motor1.com. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Enzo Ide
Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup
Champion

2017
With: Robin Frijns
Succeeded by
Raffaele Marciello
Michael Meadows
Preceded by
Craig Lowndes
Toni Vilander
Jamie Whincup
Winner of the Bathurst 12 Hour
2018
With: Robin Frijns & Dries Vanthoor
Succeeded by
Incumbent