Oliver Rowland

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Oliver Rowland
File:Oliver Rowland 2012.JPG
Rowland in 2012.
Nationality United Kingdom British
Born (1992-08-10) 10 August 1992 (age 28)
Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England
Formula Renault 3.5 Series career
Debut season 2014
Current team Fortec Motorsports
Car no. 4
Starts 34
Wins 10
Poles 10
Fastest laps 5
Best finish 1st in 2015
Previous series
2015
2012-13
2013
2011
201011
GP2 Series
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault UK
FR2.0 UK Winter/Finals Series
Championship titles
2015
2011
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
FR2.0 UK Finals Series
Awards
2011
2011
McLaren Autosport Award
BRDC SuperStar

Oliver Rowland (born 10 August 1992) is a British racing driver.

Career

Karting

Born in Sheffield, Rowland began karting at the age of seven, and spent a successful decade racing in the various classes around the United Kingdom. After finishing second in the Super 1 National Cadet Championship in 2002, Rowland won the championship for the next two years. In 2005, Rowland moved into the JICA class series, and again finished as a championship runner-up, finishing just two points behind Will Stevens. Rowland also narrowly missed out on the title in 2006, finishing one point behind champion Jack Harvey, and was also second in the Monaco Kart Cup driving for Zip Kart, behind Millennium Motorsport's Scott Jenkins. He also finished 20th in the European Championship for the class.

After his two previous runner-up campaigns, Rowland took the Super 1 JICA title in 2007, 30 points clear of nearest rival Tom Joyner. Joyner did however take the British Open Championship, where Rowland finished in third position. In the continental races, Rowland could only finish 25th in Monaco, and 37th in the European Championship. Rowland moved up to the KF2 class in 2008, and became a member of the Tony Kart Racing Team. Rowland won the CIK-FIA World Cup event in, and also

Formula Renault

Rowland left karting and stepped into Formula Renault, contesting the 2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Series with CRS Racing. He also received sponsorship from the Racing Steps Foundation, which funded his graduation into car racing.[1] He took two twelfth-place finishes in his first car racing meeting at Snetterton, but eventually took his first win in the final race of the championship, at Pembrey.[2] The victory helped to move up into seventh place in the championship standings, finishing tied on points with Luke Wright but ahead on countback.

Rowland moved to Fortec Motorsport for a full British championship campaign in 2011.[3] Rowland took his first podium of the season, with third place at Donington Park, starting a run of four consecutive podiums – all third places – before a run of just two podium finishes in seven races. Rowland's last seven races were his best in the championship, taking four wins, four fastest laps, three pole positions and three second places. As a result of the strong run, Rowland became the winner of the Graduate Cup for young drivers, and finished as runner-up to team-mate Alex Lynn in the main championship; the runner-up position was only sealed on the final lap of the final race, setting the quickest lap to score two bonus points in order to move him into a tie on points with Tio Ellinas, but with four wins to Ellinas' two, he placed ahead on countback.[4] He also contested the Formula Renault UK Finals Series with the team, and comfortably won the championship with four race wins from six races.[5] Rowland was nominated for the McLaren Autosport BRDC Award due to his performances in the main series.[6] On 4 December 2011, after the evaluation tests held at Silverstone, Rowland was named as the winner of the award, taking the £100,000 cash prize and a Formula One test with McLaren.[7] He led the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Championship after taking his third victory of the 2013 season at the Red Bull Ring, eventually finishing the season second in the standings.

Formula Renault 3.5

Rowland signed a contract with Fortec Motorsport in July 2013 to race the Formula Renault 3.5 Series in the 2014 season, finishing fourth overall with 2 wins.[8]

Rowland continued with Fortec Motorsport in 2015, becoming champion in the penultimate round, held at the Le Mans Bugatti circuit.[9]

Formula E

Rowland will partake in the Punta del Este ePrix with Mahindra Racing, in place of Nick Heidfeld. He finished in 13th place.

GP2 Series

In 2015, Rowland made his GP2 debut at Silverstone with MP Motorsport. He finished in the points in both races. He contested in three other rounds with MP and Status Grand Prix.

In February 2016, it was announced that Rowland would compete in the series full-time with MP.

Formula One

In February 2016, Rowland was confirmed as a member of Renault's young driver program.

Racing record

Career summary

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 Formula Renault UK Winter Series CRS Racing 6 1 0 0 1 95 7th
2011 Formula Renault UK Fortec Motorsport 20 4 3 4 13 475 2nd
Formula Renault UK Finals Series Fortec Competition 6 4 0 3 6 190 1st
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Fortec Motorsport 14 1 0 0 3 109 3rd
2013 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Manor MP Motorsport 14 3 2 2 8 179 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 8 4 4 4 8 208 4th
Pau Formula Renault 2.0 Trophy 1 0 0 0 0 N/A 4th
2014 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsports 17 2 3 1 7 181 4th
2015 Formula Renault 3.5 Series Fortec Motorsports 17 8 7 4 13 307 1st
GP2 Series MP Motorsport 4 0 0 0 0 3 21st
Status Grand Prix 3 0 0 0 0
2015-16 Formula E Mahindra Racing 1 0 0 0 0 0 20th*
2016 GP2 Series MP Motorsport 4 0 0 0 1 22 7th*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula Renault 3.5 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos Points
2014 Fortec Motorsports MNZ
1

6
MNZ
2

10
ALC
1

3
ALC
2

1
MON
1

5
SPA
1

Ret
SPA
2

3
MSC
1

Ret
MSC
2

5
NÜR
1

4
NÜR
2

Ret
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

4
LEC
1

13
LEC
2

3
JER
1

2
JER
2

1
4th 181
2015 Fortec Motorsports ALC
1

1
ALC
2

3
MON
1

6
SPA
1

5
SPA
2

1
HUN
1

3
HUN
2

1
RBR
1

1
RBR
2

2
SIL
1

2
SIL
2

1
NÜR
1

1
NÜR
2

10
BUG
1

1
BUG
2

8
JER
1

1
JER
2

2
1st 307

Complete GP2 Series results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2015 MP Motorsport BHR
FEA

BHR
SPR

ESP
FEA

ESP
SPR

MON
FEA

MON
SPR

AUT
FEA

AUT
SPR

GBR
FEA

10
GBR
SPR

7
HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

BEL
FEA

NC
BEL
SPR

Ret
ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

RUS
FEA

RUS
SPR

21st 3
Status Grand Prix BHR
FEA

22
BHR
SPR

Ret
ABU
FEA

15
ABU
SPR

C
2016 MP Motorsport ESP
FEA

10
ESP
SPR

6
MON
FEA

3
MON
SPR

7
EUR
FEA

EUR
SPR

AUT
FEA

AUT
SPR

GBR
FEA

GBR
SPR

HUN
FEA

HUN
SPR

GER
FEA

GER
SPR

BEL
FEA

BEL
SPR

ITA
FEA

ITA
SPR

MAL
FEA

MAL
SPR

ABU
FEA

ABU
SPR

7th* 22*

* Season still in progress.

Complete Formula E results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2015–16 Mahindra Racing Spark-Mahindra M2ELECTRO BEI
PUT
PDE
13
BNA MEX LBH
PAR
BER
MOS
LON
LON
20th* 0*

* Season still in progress.

References

  1. "Drivers set for RSF FRUK seat battle". racingsteps.co.uk. Racing Steps Foundation. 27 October 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Thrilling Victory For Oliver Rowland At Pembrey". CRS Racing. CR Scuderia. 15 November 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "RSF confirms 2011 driver line-up". racingsteps.co.uk. Racing Steps Foundation. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "Champion Lynn and Rowland share the spoils at Silverstone". Renault Sport UK. Renault Sport. 16 October 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "Rowland and Jiminez Takes the Titles". Renault Sport UK. Renault Sport. 12 November 2011. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Turner, Kevin (6 October 2011). "McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC Award nominees for 2011 announced". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. O'Leary, Jamie (4 December 2011). "AUTOSPORT Awards McLaren AUTOSPORT BRDC: Oliver Rowland". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 5 December 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Arnau Viñals Vendrell, FormulaRapida.net "Rowland sings for Fortec Motorsport in Formula Renault 3.5 Series" http://www.formularapida.net/news/rowland-sings-for-fortec-motorsport-in-formula-renault-3-5/ Retrieved 21 October 2013.
  9. http://www.racer.com/international-racing/item/122009-rowland-claims-title-as-orudzhev-wins

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Carlos Sainz Jr.
Formula Renault 3.5 Series
Champion

2015
Succeeded by
Incumbent
Awards
Preceded by
Lewis Williamson
McLaren Autosport BRDC Award
2011
Succeeded by
Jake Dennis