THE INSIDE TRACK – OLI WEBB ON RUSSIA, AUSTRIA AND WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

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“It’s not easy to relax and forget the championship during the break! No!”

Formula Renault 3.5 made its way to Russia in June to create a new backdrop and a fresh challenge for Oli Webb. Oli’s great weekend pushed him higher into the championship standings before the series took a four week long break. Upon its return, the travelling Motorsport circus landed at the Red Bull Ring in Austria where it was a weekend to forget for Fortec. Oli took time out of his busy schedule to talk exclusively to ‘stoodonthepodium’ about the success of Moscow, the heat of Austria and where his love of racing, all began.

FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE

olirussiaA lot of simulator work and data work with the team prior to the race is involved in getting accustom to a new track I’ve not visited previously. Also asking for tips and any on board video from racers in different series who have been there, is also helpful.

Qualifying in Russia went really well, only 4 hundredths off pole in both so it was the closest it’s ever been and I’m happy to have started in the top 5 for both races.

Race one went ok after a very bad start but good racing brought us back into the points. Moscow is a cool track but a little short and hard to overtake so it’s more about pit stop strategy.

Finishing in the points is very important. We moved into the top 7 in the championship with just one good weekend and such a little amount of points. Every point counts.

A WAITING GAME

oliaustriaThe long break before Austria flew by for me with Goodwood, Spa testing for 24hours, weekend in Paris, work with Mono and London so I just kept my head down and kept to it! However, it’s not easy to relax and forget the championship during the break! No!

The ‘Mono’ is the only road legal single seater race car in the world and I’m very happy to be their test and development driver for all the cars and events that it competes in.

In the first qualifying it was going to be 4th position so I was a bit disappointed that the weekend went from bad to worse with the cracked gearbox and then technical failures. In the 2nd qualifying session we were on the back foot and just got it wrong unfortunately.

It’s all about learning from the mistakes, moving on to the next one and not repeating them.

Fitness and good food is the key for concentration throughout the weekend. But for race two both myself and Stoffel in Austria where also suffering with some issues. Stoffel unfortunately had another DNF but I managed to finish.

It was a very, very hot race weekend but I was happy to say my fitness carried me through well. Staying hydrated and taking supplements and electrolyte really helps.

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN

oliwimbeldonIt was my first time at Wimbledon and it was great. It was very kind of my girlfriend Portia to take me. Court 1 and Centre Court with Andy Murray was an amazing experience!

It all started when I was 9 years old and I went karting in Daytona, Manchester with a friend and I won, got the bug and was hooked!! Right now, I believe Jenson Button always puts in the effort so I look up to him!

I finished 1st in my first ever Club Kart race in 2002 and won the following year in the Minimax Karting Championship.

My family are the most important. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them. They have been the most supportive parents I could have ever wished for and I will always be grateful for that.

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Good luck to Oli and his team as they battle in the Total 24 Hour of Spa Endurance Race this week. You will hear more about that next time!

Oliver Webb is currently racing for Fortec Motorsports in the Formula Renault 3.5 series. 2013 marks his return to the series after time out competing in the Indy Lights in America. Now back racing in Europe, Oli will be giving us an insight into his season throughout 2013 here on ‘stoodonthepodium’. He was talking to editor Katie Grimmett.

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