Ollie Wilkinson, Ginetta GT5 racing driver

Name

Oliver Wilkinson

DOB

25th May 1996

Hobbies

Driving anything with four wheels and an engine. Shooting

Known as

Ollie

Lives

Leeds, West Yorkshire, UK

Ambition

To make it to Le Mans and win!

Biography

Ollie Wilkinson can already be counted among the ranks of international GT3 class winners, despite only beginning his racing career two years ago. Wilkinson’s rise up the ranks has been rapid, as he strives toward fulfilling his dream of competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Since the age of five, Ollie has loved driving – preferably sideways, which perhaps explains some of his natural and previously un-tapped ability. After years of bending his father’s ear, Dad Peter relented and allowed Ollie to try a Radical SR3 at Bushy Park, Barbados.

From there, Ollie went on to have his first race experience in a Ginetta G40, something that paved the way for a full season in the Ginetta GT5 Challenge for 2017. With only a single race weekend prior to the year, Wilkinson was unfazed by the steep learning curve ahead of him.

At the season-opening GT5 Challenge rounds at Oulton Park, Ollie dominated qualifying to claim his first career pole position by 1.123 seconds before delivering a pair of fifth places.

He continued to impress throughout his maiden season, eventually ranking third in the championship order, earning three pole positions, six podiums, five fastest laps and 17 out of 19 top-10 finishes among a 25+ strong grid of vastly more experienced drivers.

Wilkinson signed off a stellar rookie year with a second place Pro-Am finish on his GT Open debut in Barcelona in October 2017. A mere five second late-race penalty stole a maiden GT3 win on his first-time pairing with sportscar champion, Bradley Ellis aboard the Optimum Motorsport Audi R8 LMS.

With the invaluable backing of My Possible Self, the innovative mental health self-help app, Ollie made the step up to European GT3 for 2018, contesting the majority of International GT Open rounds alongside his coach and mentor, Ellis.

Despite the step up to the 500bhp+ V10 Audi R8 LMS, Wilkinson proved he was more than ready his biggest challenge yet.

Although denied a certain first round GT Open win at Estoril due to a gearbox failure, the series debutant had already notched up his first Pro-Am victory come round two at Spa. Further class glory came on home ground at Silverstone, while a guest appearance in the GT Cup and hat-trick of dominant victories at Brands Hatch underlined his strong potential.

Clearly impressing across Europe on their debut season together, Wilkinson and Ellis have all the makings of becoming a formidable partnership. The pair are already looking ahead to 2019, with plans in place for a full GT Open campaign alongside select international events.

Career Highlights

2018
International GT Open – Optimum Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS

  • Graduated to GT3 in second season of competition, partnering Bradley Ellis
  • Ranked fourth in championship standings despite missing round two at Paul Ricard
  • Two Pro-Am class victories (Spa and Silverstone), plus a third place podium at Spa and second in the Barcelona season finale
  • Denied certain opening round win at Estoril due to last lap gearbox failure

GT Cup – Optimum Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS

  • Took a hat-trick of dominant pole-to-flag victories in guest appearance at Brands Hatch (Grand Prix circuit)

Radical SR1 Cup – Radical Works Team, SR1

  • Finished second but ranked a fine fourth following a post race penalty, despite driving the car for the first time in qualifying

2017
Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge – Optimum Motorsport

  • Third overall in first full season of racing
  • Dominant maiden career pole position by 1.123 seconds in first qualifying session of 2017 at Oulton Park
  • Earned first silverware in second race event, with two third places at Rockingham
  • Three pole positions, three fastest laps and five podium finishes gained so far

Portimao 24 Hours – Optimum Motorsport, Ginetta G55

  • Class win despite pitting for engine rebuild

International GT Open – Optimum Motorsport, Audi R8 LMS

  • Second place Pro-Am podium on series debut at Barcelona – first-time pairing with Bradley Ellis in the Audi R8 LMS

2016
Protyre Motorsport Ginetta GT5 Challenge – Optimum Motorsport

  • Racing debut at Donington Park, joining the final season rounds in September 2016
  • Qualified fifth in first ever qualifying session
  • Second fastest lap in race one. Recovered from a DNF to climb from 34th to 14th in race two. Charged through from 14th to ninth in race three

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