It’s been quite a year for Oli Webb.
After making the decision that a single seater future was going to be very difficult, the budget: opportunity: reward: quotient not adding up there for yet another young talent, he’d made the decision to give the sportscar tree a shake.
His first effort, at the 2014 Dubai 24 Hours, went very well, the Knutsford man helping to bring home an unfancied Pro-Am Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 effort with Rhinos Liepert home in 8th overall and second in class.
That was followed by a run at Daytona with Oak Racing and their Morgan Nissan – oddly enough that effort came home eighth overall too, and an effective second place in the BoP hobbled P2 order.
By April there was a change of team and chassis, and a full season effort with Philippe Sinault’s Signatech Alpine effort.
It was a very good choice – The overall ELMS Championship and a podium finish after the incident packed LMP2 class battle at Le Mans too.
Fast forward to 2015 and he’s back at the Dubai 24 Hours, this time in a leading car with a leading team, the #2 Black Falcon Mercedes, shared with Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Hubert Haut and Yelmer Buurman, the Dutchman putting the black and green SLS onto the front row of the grid alongside the polesitting #12 Fach Auto Tech Porsche.
“It’s going very well indeed,” said Oliver post session, “I’m here thanks to some very good local sponsorship (from the Royal Mirage Hotel in Dubai) and it’s a great event.
The team is a good one too, and whilst my focus is very firmly on LMP it’s certainly very much in my mind that doing a good job for a team like this that has such good links with Mercedes might well prove to have some future benefits!
“Beyond this race though the focus is very firmly on LMP, and more than that on the WEC.
“It was a great year in the ELMS and winning the title was a brilliant result for everyone.
“For 2015 I am looking at some pretty good options in LMP2 (one of these likely to be dependent on Signatech finding sufficient budget to make the step up to the World Championship), but still have an eye on LMP1.
“Of course I could go and have another crack at ELMS but sensibly I have been there and won it, the next job is to see what I can do at the next level, and in a Championship where you are under the gaze of those that could help to take you to the next level again.”
Perfect logic from the Manchester born lad, that WEC entry list announcement on 5 February will be a very interesting one indeed!