Raoul Owens is a racing driver with a sting in his tail. But, don’t worry, he has plenty of humour away from the race track.
In 2016 he has been competing in the Renault Sport Trophy Series (RS 0.1), where he has impressed fans and sponsors alike. Ultimately, he wants to end up racing in the World Endurance Championship. With his pace and over-taking ability, he is on track to do so.
The British Racing driver has been competing in single seaters since 2011 and saw a change of path earlier this year. The RS 0.1 is the leading series for single-seater drivers transitioning to LMP and/or GT racing.
Now the season has come to a close, Owens reflected on the highs and lows.
“As a whole, this season definitely had a lot of up and downs,” Owens told Inside Line Media. “We got off to a difficult start not finishing the first race, which obviously wasn’t ideal.
“Throughout the year it has been tough as we’ve had the pace in most of the races but we mainly just couldn’t nail the qualifying sessions. I also think it was due to a mix of some technical issues through the season that as a team we have ironed out towards the end, so it’s certainly had high-lights and low-lights for sure.”
After the penultimate race at the prestigious Spa, Raoul Owens was sitting pretty in 8th place in the championship standings – not too shabby for his debut year with Renault.
“I think the highlight by far was winning at Spa. It was a great result for the team and myself. Lower points were having too many DNFs,” he went on to say. “I’d say we’ve made progress and I’ve made progress personally during the year in terms of experience and learning a different car. Obviously I’ve driven nothing but single seaters until now.
“It’s been a learning curve for me but I’ve enjoyed it very much. I know the potential was greater than the results might suggest. I myself made some mistakes as did the team in the year, but these things happen.
“I’m not extremely happy with the way the season has gone entirely. However it could have been worse! Onto next year.”
Overall, Raoul Owens finishes 7th in the pro category title and 9th in the endurance title.
In 2016 Owens has joined a small number of elite racing drivers who are capable of taking such a high-performance sports car to its physical limits. This is a skill which will undoubtedly serve him well in the years ahead.