Manchester’s Oliver Webb extended his lead in the European Le Mans Series standing with a fourth consecutive podium at the penultimate round of the season at Circuit Paul Ricard in France.
The 23-year-old, sharing his Signatech Alpine prototype with French pair Nelson Panciatici and Paul-Loup Chatin, started the race in fifth after a closely-fought qualifying session.
Webb moved up to fourth straight away and continued to push for the top three. Consistent times and perfect judgement saw him continue near the front until the end of his stint when he handed the car over to Panciatici, and later Chatin.
As the race progressed, the team continued to progress, eventually getting in a position to challenge for the victory – which would eventually go to former F1 driver Christian Klien and his Morand Racing team – despite Chatin significantly closing the gap.
“Another strong result and the fourth consecutive podium for us,” said Webb after the race. “It was great to start the race for the first time, and experience a different challenge in prototype endurance racing and the strategy worked really well for us.”
Webb now goes into the final round in Portugal on October 19 with a 10 point lead in the championship standings.
“We head to Estoril for the last round and we will be pushing for the win,” added Webb. “We cannot afford to take our foot off the pedal, and we will be looking to build on the last four races and take the title in style.
“After the last round, we know we can do it, and it would be the perfect end to an already great season. I just cannot wait to get back in the car!”