Strong outing for Webb in World Series by Renault season opener

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Strong outing for Webb in World Series by Renault season opener

 Oliver Webb made a competitive World Series by Renault (WSR) debut in Spain this weekend, coming away with 11th and 17th place finishes in the two races at the Motorland Aragón circuit. Although the overall results did not reflect his true potential, Webb made a solid start to kick off his 2011 campaign.

The British rookie, racing in the number 17 Formula Renault 3.5 for the Catalan-based PONS Racing team, struggled with set-up throughout both qualifying sessions, suffering with brake problems and a lack of grip at the rear of the car. This meant 19-year old Webb was unable to get the true potential out of the tyres over one lap and qualified 22nd for both races. Despite starting 22nd, the balance of the car was much improved for both races, and Webb was able to pick his way through the field up to 11th position during Race One which also gave him 2nd in the rookie Standings and a place on the podium. As a member of the MSA Team UK, Webb demonstrated his race craft by making the most overtaking manoeuvres during the race, showing his determination to achieve success in the series.

Webb had another strong outing in Race Two, once again moving up from his starting place on the grid, through the competitive field of racers. The Superstar BRDC driver carved his way up to eighth, and was involved in an exciting battle during the closing stages. Unfortunately, while making a move for seventh at the circuit’s Turn 16 hairpin, he spun out of contention leaving him to finish in an eventual 17th position.

Commenting on his weekend’s performance, Webb explained: ‘Despite two difficult qualifying sessions, we were competitive during the races, showing more of our capability. We would have had a stronger finish in Race Two, so it was a shame that I spun out while going for position, but I am happy we were able to get more performance out of the car. It was an encouraging race with some great battles, fighting my way through the field. I am feeling really positive heading into the next races in Belgium and we will work hard on qualifying, as I think that if we can start in the top six, we can hopefully return to winning ways.’ Webb returns to the track in two weeks, 30 April-1 May, for the second round of the Formula Renault 3.5 season at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.

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