Corvette Racing Driver Profile: Richard Westbrook

Richard Westbrook Drives: No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R (endurance races)

Co-drivers: Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner

Birthdate: July 10, 1975

Birthplace: Chelmsford, Essex

Residence: London, England

Family: Married, wife Jessica

Notable: 2009 FIA GT2 champion, 2006-07 Porsche Supercup Champion, 2004-05 Porsche Supercup GBR champion. Third driver in No. 4 Corvette C6.R for endurance races.

Web site: www.richardwestbrook.co.uk

Twitter: @RWestbrook1

 

American Le Mans Series Career Record

Year

Starts

Wins

Fast Qualifier

Notes

2008

3

1

0

Road America winner

2009

3

0

0

 

2010

0

0

0

 

2011

2

0

0

 

Total

6

1

0

 

 

24 Hours of Le Mans Record

Year

Finish

Class

Car

Co-drivers

2010

3rd

GT2

Porsche 911 GT3

Scheider, Holzer

2011

11th
(Ret.)

GTE Pro

Corvette C6.R

Magnussen, Gavin

 

Career Highlights

  • 1986-91: Karting

  • 1993: Second in Formula Vauxhall Winter Series with one victory

  • 1994: Fourth in Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries with one win; nominated for Autosport Young Driver of the Year award

  • 1995: Fourth in Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries with three victories

  • 1996: Two wins in Austrian Formula 3, one win in German Formula 3

  • 2003: Second in Porsche Carrera Cup GBR with nine wins

  • 2004: Porsche Carrera Cup GBR champion with seven victories

  • 2005: Porsche Carrera Cup GBR champion with 13 wins

  • 2006: Porsche Supercup champion with four wins and four poles, three victories in Porsche Carrera Cup GBR, one win in Porsche Carrera Cup GER, nominated for Autosport International Driver of the Year award

  • 2007: Porsche Supercup champion with two wins and one pole, second in Porsche Cup GER with five wins and one pole, won British Racing Drivers Club award for outstanding achievement

  • 2008: Won GT2 at Road America ALMS, third in FIA GT2 championship with two wins, one win in Le Mans Series, second in GT in Daytona 24-hour race/p>

  • 2009: FIA GT2 champion with four victories, two wins in Porsche Supercup

  • 2010: Competed in 24 Hours of Le Mans (third in GT2), Le Mans Series, British GT, FIA GT1 championship, and 24-hour races at Spa and Nurburgring; third in Daytona Prototype at Rolex 24 at Daytona

  • 2011: Drove in FIA GT1 championship with JR Motorsports team, finishing ninth in championship. Finished fourth with Corvette Racing in season-opening Sebring and season-ending Road Atlanta rounds.

 

Richard Westbrook, 36, of London, England, joined Corvette Racing in 2011 as the third driver in the No. 4 Compuware Corvette C6.R. He reprises that role in 2012, teamed with young American driver Tommy Milner and countryman Oliver Gavin in the Sebring 12-hour, Le Mans 24-hour, and 1000-mile Petit Le Mans endurance races.

Westbrook and his co-drivers posted fourth-place finishes in 2011 in Sebring and Road Atlanta, and they were leading at Le Mans at the 16-hour mark when the car was involved in an accident and subsequently retired.

Westbrook has established himself as a standout in top-tier international sports car competition. He won the FIA GT2 championship in 2009, and scored podium finishes in 24-hour races at Le Mans (third in GT2) and Daytona (third overall) in 2010. A two-time Porsche Supercup champion (2006-07), Westbrook notched an ALMS GT2 victory at Road America in 2008. He has competed in the Spa and Nurburgring endurance races, selected ALMS and Grand Am events in the U.S., and the FIA GT1 championship.

"I've raced against the Corvette enough times to know it's better to be driving one than racing against one," Westbrook said. "The Corvette C6.R is an amazing piece of machinery, very well engineered, and it's just an honor to drive one. The car feels great. It's not just aero, the engines, or one single thing - the Corvette team has taken 50 small items and improved them across the board. Everyone on the team is hungry for success and expectations are high, so we have to deliver."