Oliver Westling Scores Top-Five Finish in Debut Weekend Competing in Formula Regional Americas
October 10, 2022 - California rookie Oliver Westling scored points in all three races in his debut weekend racing in the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) at VIRginia International Raceway, including an impressive fifth-place finish in the Sunday feature race.
Graduating to FR Americas was another big step in Westling's race car driver development program, with view to competing full-time in the series during the 2023 race season.
Westling has competed in 18 races over seven event weekends driving the Ligier JS F4 car, including the first four rounds of the 2022 Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.). To prepare for his F4 U.S. series debut, Oliver also competed in the F4 West Coast Winter Series where he scored two podiums en route to a 2nd-place result in the series championship.
"This spring we decided to augment Oliver's F4 development program with a series of test days driving our much faster Ligier F3 race car," said Jensen F4 Championship Team Owner, Eric Jensen. "Oliver showed impressive speed and consistency during his F3 test program, so I'm ecstatic to see how competitive he was in his FR Americas debut, as it bodes very well for a championship challenge as he graduates to the championship full-time next season."
Speeds increase substantially as young drivers graduate from the Ligier JS F4 race car to driving the considerably more powerful 303-horsepower turbocharged Ligier JS F3 race car. There is also the added challenge of understanding aerodynamic grip, as the Ligier JS F3 race car generates significantly more downforce from the diffuser and larger front and rear wings.
For more information about Oliver Westling and Jensen driver development programs, contact Eric Jensen via email at jensen@jensenga.com
For more information about the Formula Regional Americas Championship visit the series website www.framericas.com
Photo by Gavin Baker Photography.