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The Driver

Profile

Raoul Owens is a British racing driver with single-seater experience in prestigious series across Europe and North America.

Having raced in single-seaters for five years between 2011 and 2015, Raoul's career is on a direct trajectory towards the FIA World Endurance Championship [WEC] via a 2016 season in Renault Sport Trophy [RS01] – the leading series for single-seater drivers transitioning to LMP and/or GT racing.

In 2015, Raoul faced his biggest career challenge to date, as he moved to the United States to compete in the Pro Mazda Championship. Despite being a debutant on every circuit on the calendar, Raoul set new lap records and was a regular winner of top accolades such as the Quarter Master Hard Charger Award and RePlay XD Move of the Race. These were well-deserved honours for Raoul's strong display of overtaking brilliance throughout the season.

Ultimately, Raoul decided at the end of his Pro Mazda season that he would be more suited to LMP racing over open-wheel racing on the wide variety of ovals, street circuits and road courses in North America. Returning to his previous European training ground, Raoul took part in his first RS01 test in October 2015 at the Circuito de Jerez and was just +0.4s off the pace of Renault Sport's very own promo driver and former F1 driver, Giedo Van De Garde.

Beyond his talents as a professional racing driver, Raoul is an avid video gamer and is currently consulting for a blue-chip video gaming company. He is keen to share and implement his experiences as a driver into the virtual gaming world in order to create more realistic and immersive gameplay for racing fans. In Raoul's own words: "If I wasn’t a racing driver, I would definitely be involved in creating video games."

Facts

Nationality British
Date of Birth 22 August 1994
Measurements 182cm, 70kg
Languages English
Partners Bright Spark Ventures
Racing History Pro Mazda, Formula Renault 2.0, Renault R.S.01
Races 92
Wins 1
Podiums 3
Pole Positions 3

History

2016 Renault R.S.01 Championships Pro 9th
End 7th
2015 Pro Mazda Championship 12th
2014 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 10th
2013 Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 9th
2012 Formula Renault 2.0 BARC 19th
2011 Formula Renault 2.0 BARC 21st
2010 Rotax Senior Max Euro Champs 15th
2009 Rotax Senior Max Euro Champs 8th
2008 Rotax Senior Max Euro Champs 4th
2007 Rotax Mini Max Regional Champs [SA] 1st
2006 Rotax Mini Max Regional Champs [SA] 3rd

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