Raoul Owens (born 22 August 1994) is a London based, British racing driver. He will compete in the 2018 VLN Endurance Championship (Veranstaltergemeinschaft Langstreckenpokal Nürburgring) based at the Nürburgring-Nordschliefe with Walkenhorst Motorsport BMW.

Raoul Owens
Nationality British
Born (1994-08-22) 22 August 1994 (age 25)
Pembury, Kent (England)
VLN Endurance Championship career
Debut season2017
Current teamWalkenhorst Motorsport BMW
Car numberN/A
Former teamsR-ace GP, Team Pelfrey, Mark Burdett Motorsport
Starts3
Wins1
Podiums1
Fastest laps0
Previous series
2016
2015
2014
2013
2012
2011
Renault Sport Trophy
Pro Mazda Championship
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Formula Renault BARC
Formula Renault BARC

CareerEdit

Early yearsEdit

It was in the UK at the age of 8 that Raoul Owens began competing in karting. Shortly after, in 2005 with the family move to South Africa, Raoul continued his early development by joining the Western Province Motoring Club. By the following year Raoul had his first substantial milestone, winning the Mini Max Regional Championship.[1]

In 2009 he moved up to the South African Northern Region where he was able to race alongside sterner competition at circuits that included Zwartkops Raceway[2] and Vereeniging. The reward was to end the season as Vice Champion in the Junior Max Vice Championship, as well in the Rotax SARMC National Series – all in his inaugural year. As a result, Raoul was eligible to compete in the season's highlight event, the Rotax Grand Finals held in Egypt. Simultaneously the same year, Raoul was to be seen competing in Europe, this time in the Rotax European Max Series.[3] This proved a huge success, with Raoul being ranked 8th in a field of 50 other drivers. 2010 was also busy, with Raoul competing solely on the international stage in the Euro Max Challenge Series at leading circuits in Europe, as well as in the UK in the 'Super1' National Series.[4]

Formula Renault BARCEdit

2011 saw the biggest step up in class for Raoul as he advanced to Europe's highest rated open-wheel category at this level, Formula Renault BARC.[5] Consequently, Raoul was to compete for 2 years at some of the most iconic UK tracks including Donington Park, Thruxton, Snetterton,[6] Croft, Brands Hatch and Silverstone – showcasing to crowds of up to 40,000. In the 2012 season he also competed in one-off competitions at Spa-Francorchamps, Magny-Cours and Le Mans. This year ended with an overall Top 10 finish.

Formula Renault Northern European Cup NECEdit

In 2013 Raoul embarked on a programme in mainland Europe with Mark Burdett Motorsport[7] within the ranks of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, racing in the hotly contested Northern European Cup (NEC) and increasing his exposure to the prestigious World Series by Renault[8] (WSR) Formula Renault 2.0 category in 2014. To consolidate his skills in 2014, in addition to competing again in the Northern European Cup,[9] Raoul competed in selected WSR events under wild cards. During this period Raoul worked with chief race engineer, Andy Miller – veteran of Formula One[10] team Stewart GP.

Mazda Road To IndyEdit

In 2015 Raoul relocated to Boston, USA to compete in the Mazda Road To Indy[11] series in the Pro Mazda Championship.[12] The Mazda Road To Indy (MRTI) series forms part of the support to the INDYCAR[13] race calendar. He initially joined JDC Motorsports[14] for 6 races. Following this Raoul joined the Florida-based Pro Mazda Championship Team Pelfrey.[15] The Pro Mazda category is part of the Road To Indy,[16] which is the feeder series for IndyCar competition.[17] His first race was in the 2015 Pro Mazda Winterfest[18] series in advance of his debut in the Pro Mazda Championship.

Raoul's first foray in to the US was noteworthy for the number of in race accolades he won throughout the year, including the Quartermaster Hard Charger Award for most overtakes in a race at the Barber Motorsports Park.[19]

RENAULT RS01 TrophyEdit

2016 sees Raoul return to Europe to make the change and crossover in to GT Racing. He has joined the leading R-ace GP team[20] competing in the 2016 Renault Sport Trophy in the new RS01[21] race car. The races are part of the World Series by Renault[22] and support the European Le Mans Series.[23]

Raoul ended the season with a creditable Top 10 position[24] in this, the final year, of the 2016 Renault Sport Trophy.

2017 VLN Endurance Series,ADAC Qualifying Race 24HR Nürburgring and ADAC Zurich 24HR RaceEdit

Raoul competed in select rounds of the VLN Endurance Championship in 2017[25], along with the ADAC Qualifying Race 24h Nürburgring and the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race. He scored a best finish of 4th in the VLN at the 9th round of the championship; finished 3rd at the ADAC Qualifying Race 24h Nürburgring. Unfortunately, he failed to finish the ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race after running as high as 2nd place.

StatisticsEdit

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2013Edit

Pos Driver HOC
 
NÜR
 
SIL
 
SPA
 
ASS
 
MST
 
ZAN
 
Points
9   Raoul Owens 13 15 15 Ret 19 12 21 4 3 8 7 9 14 9 20 Ret C 127

Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 2014Edit

Pos Driver MNZ
 
SIL
 
HOC
 
SPA
 
ASS
 
MST
 
NÜR
 
Points
10   Raoul Owens 8 9 7 20 NC 10 12 11 Ret Ret 12 15 2 C 12 14 C 125

Pro Mazda ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2015 JDC Motorsports STP
6
STP
10
LOU
12
LOU
C
BAR
6
BAR
11
12th 159
Team Pelfrey IMS
18
IMS
11
IMS
12
LOR
14
TOR
8
TOR
6
IOW
12
MOH
13
MOH
13
LAG
7
LAG
16

Renault Sport Trophy - Endurance Class 2016Edit

Pos. Driver ALC
 
IMO
 
RBR
 
CPR
 
SPA
 
EST
 
 Pts. 
7   Raoul Owens
12 12 2 2 25 RET 53

Renault Sport Trophy - Pro Class 2016Edit

Pos. Driver ALC
 
IMO
 
RBR
 
CPR
 
SPA
 
EST
 
 Pts. 
En Pro Pro En Pro Pro Pro En Pro
9   Raoul Owens 8 Ret 1 4 Ret 10 10 Ret 4 34

SummaryEdit

YEAR COMPETITION and SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
2006 Rotax Mini Max Regional Championship, South Africa
2007 Rotax Mini Max Regional Championship, South Africa (Champion)
2008 Rotax Junior Max Regional Championship, South Africa

Rotax Junior Max Euro Championship, Pan European Series

2009 Rotax Junior Max Nationals, South Africa (Vice Champion)
2009 Rotax Junior Max Northern Regions, South Africa (Vice Champion)

Rotax Junior Max World Finalist, Sharm El Sheik, Egypt

Rotax Junior Max Euro Championship, Pan European Series

2010 Rotax Senior Max Super One, National Series, United Kingdom

Rotax Senior Max Euro Championship, Pan European Series

2011 Formula Renault BARC, National Series, United Kingdom

Formula Renault V de V (Magny-Cours) France (2 podiums)

2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, (Spa) Belgium

Formula Renault 2.0 BARC, National Series, United Kingdom

Formula Renault 2.0 V de V, (Le Mans) France

2013 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, Pan European FIA series

(Top 10 Finish / 1 Podium)

2014 Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup, Pan European FIA series

(Top 10 Finish / 1 Podium)

2015 Mazda Road To Indy, Pro Mazda Championship, Pan North American series

(Hard Charger Award, Staublu Award, RePlay XD Move of the Race)

2016 Renault Sport Trophy, Spa Francorchamps

(WIN)

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