Webb places 11th in WSR 3.5 event at Monaco

Webb places 11th in WSR 3.5 event at Monaco


253295_10151505381018387_639167917_nThe blue ribbon event of the World Series By Renault 3.5 Championship event took place on the streets of Monte Carlo as Fortec Motorsports driver and David Mason London ambassador Oliver Webb competed in the third round of the 2013 season, with such names as Arden Caterham’s Antonio Felix da Costa, DAMS’ Kevin Magnussen and other young talents of the future, who look to compete in Formula One on the very near future.

As the series takes on a new dynamic with a revised car for the 2013 season, the 26 young F1 hopefuls have the chance to showcase their talents behind the wheel of identical 3.4 litre V8-powered 530bhp single seaters, that rev up to 9,500rpm and have a DRS system in place for overtaking chances, and hopefully impress future bosses within the world of Formula 1 at circuits around Europe.

For this race weekend, where the field was split into two halves for Qualifying, Webb was able to place 6th in group B, ahead of fellow Brit and former WSR Pons Racing alumni Nick Yelloly, who currently is competing in GP3 with Carlin this season. The Briton completed 16 laps, with a best time of 1:23.974 over the 3.340km Monegasque circuit during the session.

This meant that the Manchester driver would start on the grid in P11. And drove a consistent race behind AV’s Arthur Pic and ahead of Draco International’ s Andre Negrao, as Draco’s Nico Muller led the 32-lap race from lights to flag in an impressive display of skill and keeping a calm head, with Lotus’ Marcus Sorenson and Carlin’s Jazeman Jaafar, who impressed on his first trip as a rookie in the series.

972295_10151503987028387_642020539_nHe was also the second highest-placed Brit in the field, with P1 with Strakka’s Will Stevens finishing in P7, ahead of former WSR champion, Tech 1’s Mikhail Aleshin. Webb’s teammate, Stoffel Vandoorne, who was given a five-place grid penalty as a result of a collision with two cars in practice, saw the young talent finish in P9 after the conclusion of the race.

Oli now heads to the legendary Spa-Francochamps this coming weekend, as he continues to fight hard in one of the most recognized feeder series, where the path for drivers can lead to the world of Formula One….

(Image credits: Oliver Webb’s official Facebook Page)

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