Oli Webb to race in World Series by Renault

By Andy Darley

CalendarSaturday, February 19th, 2011

 
 

Oli Webb, who won three times on the way to third in his debut season in British F3 last year, has signed to compete in Formula Renault 3.5 next year.

Oli Webb at last year's British F3 prizegiving

Oli Webb at last year's British F3 prizegiving

The 19-year-old from Manchester will join Spanish squad Pons Racing, the creation of former motorcycle road racing champion Sito Pons.

Webb said: “I’m very excited about the opportunity to race with Pons Racing in the World Series by Renault.

“The calendar and grid is strong and it will therefore be a tough year, but after a visit to the workshop in Barcelona I have no doubts we will be fighting as a main contender.

“It was a late deal, but one that has taken great weight off my shoulders, to be lucky enough to get such a good team with great success behind me and our 2011 championship attack.”

Sito Pons said he was delighted to have Webb on the team: “Oliver is highly promising young talent who achieved excellent results in his rookie year in the competitive British F3 championship.

“He has made the right move to the World Series by Renault and we are convinced that he will waste little time in adapting to the characteristics of the new car and championship.

Webb impressed in his debut year in British F3

Webb impressed in his debut year in British F3

“We would like to thank him for the trust he places in us. For our part we will do everything in our capacity to give him the necessary support he needs to fight for victory in every race.”

Pons Racing finished eighth of 12 in the FR3.5 team championship last year, but counts a dozen victories in its history and won the 2004 World Series by Nissan title with Heikki Kovalainen.

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