Nathanael Spencer

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Nathanael Spencer
Nationality Flag of the United Kingdom svg.png British
Born 28th December, 1982
Saint Helier, Jersey
Current Team Boxtel Engineering
Car Number 24
Former Teams Prospec, Melrose Racing Team
Races 72 (66 starts)
Championships 1 (2011)
Victories 6
Podiums 12
Points 186
Pole Positions 10
Fastest Laps 8
First Race 2010 F1RWRS German Grand Prix
First Victory 2010 F1RWRS British Grand Prix
Last Victory 2014 F1RWRS United States Grand Prix
Last Race 2015 F1RWRS Mediterranean Grand Prix (ongoing)
Best Finish 1st (2011)


Nathanael Spencer (born December 28th, 1982 in Saint Helier, Great Britain) is a British racing driver known for winning the 2011 F1RWRS title. He is also one of the most experienced drivers in the series, having entered each of the 67 races run, although he holds the current record for the greatest amount of starts in the series, with 62.

Biography

Early Career

Spencer entered karting at age seven and was rather successful in local karting events across Britain. In 1997, Spencer was sponsored by Eddie Stewart and was given a drive in British Formula Ford. Spencer finished second in the 1997 and 1998 seasons before moving on to Formula 3. Spencer spent two years in Formula 3, taking two victories in his debut season. In 2000, Spencer won the 2000 British Formula 3 title which guaranteed him a drive in the European Formula 3 Cup at Pau which he won handily. In 2001, Spencer got a drive with the Arden team. Spencer scored fourteen points and picked up a podium but his debut season was mostly a disappointment. His second year at Arden went better and Spencer challenged for the championship until the last round of the season; he finished third, five points behind the eventual winner. Unfortunately, Spencer was unable to get a testing drive in Formula 1. Spencer spent one more year at Arden but he failed to win the championship again.

2004 was a critical year for Spencer. Arden did not renew his contract and he was left to fend on his own after Eddie Stewart declared bankruptcy. Spencer chose to move to BTCC where he competed for two years. Spencer took two podiums in two seasons but his career appeared to be stalled. In 2006, Spencer went to GP2 with BCN Competition. After another unsuccessful season, Spencer was forced to sign a contract with a small team that competed in events in Britain and the United States. That team was Prospec. Spencer spent three years at the team as their lead driver. His disappearance from the international racing scene was barely noticed.

F1RWRS Career

In 2010, Prospec entered and was granted a spot for the F1RWRS. The new series gave Spencer a golden opportunity to revive his flagging career. As Prospec's only contracted driver with single-seater experience, Spencer was given number-one status at the new team alongside David Koczo, a Hungarian driver fresh out of GP2. Prospec chose to design and develop their own engine for the series and their chassis, the PRS 261, was one of the best chassis in the field. After setting the pace in preseason testing, Prospec looked like one of the top teams for the 2010 F1RWRS season. This prediction would turn out to be correct.

2010

Nathanael Spencer's first start in a top-of-the-line category came at the 2010 F1RWRS German Grand Prix. Spencer battled for the lead but was forced to pit for new tyres late in the race. He eventually ended up in sixth. A disappointing race at the Nürburgring was followed by a stellar fourth place at the 2010 Saxon Grand Prix. Spencer took his first career pole at the next race in China but the race went awry and Spencer finished in fifth. Spencer finished in fifth again at the 2010 F1RWRS Tasman Grand Prix but his teammate outlasted Dan BH and Frank Zimmer to win the race. Prospec's strong finish put them in the lead of the championship. Koczo won again in Bahrain but Spencer finished in an anonymous eleventh. He went into the Belgian Grand Prix lying fifth in the championship.

Despite finishing in third, Spencer dropped a spot to sixth in the title race while Propsec continued to hold steady over Calinetic for the Constructors' Championship. Spencer continued his run of good form by winning his first race in the F1RWRS, the 2010 F1RWRS British Grand Prix. After winning his home race, Spencer moved up to third and remained in the title race. Gary Cameron held a ten-point lead over Spencer and a nine-point lead over Koczo. However, Cameron held on at the final race in Australia to win the title. Spencer finished fifth and was able to leapfrog Koczo for fourth in the standings. Both drivers lost out to BH and Zimmer who respevtively finished first and second. Spencer's first season at Propsec had gone over well and he was retained for 2011.

2011

The first race of the new season went poorly for Spencer who only finished thirteenth. However, he bounced back by winning the 2011 German Grand Prix handily. Spencer made it two consecutive wins at the 2011 F1RWRS Saxon Grand Prix by passing Pippa Mann in the latter stages of the race. Spencer took the lead in the Drivers' Championship for the first time in his career. The chaotic pileup at the Luxembourg Grand Prix caught out Spencer as he finished in an unclassified seventh. At the equally chaotic 2011 Belgian Grand Prix, Spencer started on pole but dropped to sixth during the race. Spencer followed it up with two underwhelming seventh places in a row. His poor showings in at Silverstone and Snetterton let Daniel Melrose take the championship lead.

Neither championship contender did particularly well at the 2011 F1RWRS Kent Grand Prix. Melrose was disqualified for not making his mandatory pit stop and Spencer was unable to make much ground, eventually finishing in eighth. Melrose increased his lead to twelve points at the 2011 F1RWRS Dutch Grand Prix after Spencer squandered pole position and dropped through the field due to a poor pit strategy. Gary Cameron briefly reinserted himself in the championship battle after winning the race. The title chase moved back to Melrose's home turf for the 2011 F1RWRS Tasman Grand Prix at Adelaide. Spencer collided with Chris Dagnall on Lap 21 while battling for third, leaving Spencer with another non-points finish. Melrose was unable to capitalize, however, and his lead only increased by one point. Spencer's fortunes changed at the 2011 F1RWRS Australian Grand Prix at Bathurst when Melrose failed to pre-qualify. The Prospec driver took his opportunity and finished in third. Melrose's lead dropped to just five points heading into the next round at Eastern Creek.

Spencer's luck continued at Eastern Creek when Dave Simpson collided with Melrose on Lap 25, removing Melrose from contention. Spencer was elevated to second after Frank Zimmer's penalty and took a five-point lead in the championship. With the championship situation now reversed, the championship moved to Surfers' Paradise for the 2011 F1RWRS Surfers SuperPrix. In the thunderstorm that ensued, Spencer and Melrose engaged in one of the greatest duels in F1RWRS history for nearly the entire race. Unfortunately, both drivers were involved in a three-car collision while they were lapping Hagane Shizuka. Spencer was classified sixth and increased his championship lead by one point. Spencer and Koczo sealed Propsec's second Constructors' title at the 2011 F1RWRS Chinese Grand Prix with a 1-2 finish. For some strange reason, Propsec decided to leave Koczo out in front of Spencer even though Spencer was still challenging for the title. Melrose set the fastest lap and finished in third which meant that Spencer held a seven-points lead heading into the final round of the championship. Neither driver scored in the season finale at Laguna Seca, handing Spencer his first F1RWRS title. Spencer was re-signed by Prospec for 2012.

2012

The 2012 season began inauspiciously for Nathanael Spencer. David Koczo, his erstwhile teammate, rashly decided to leave Prospec for Calinetic at the beginning of the season. Inexplicably, Propsec failed to come to terms with any other drivers and they were forced to run a single-car operation until Round 7. Prospec's preseason form was underwhelming but Spencer still had high hopes entering into the first race of the season. Shockingly, Spencer failed to pre-qualify for the first race of the year, the first time that Spencer had failed to qualify in his F1RWRS career. The stunned Spencer was joined on the sidelines by his arch rival, Daniel Melrose, and the 2010 champion, Gary Cameron. Things did not get better at the next race in Oschersleben as he failed to pre-qualify for the second consecutive race. At the 2012 German Grand Prix, Spencer took an emphatic win, spoiling a win on home soil by Kay Lon. Spencer spun off on Lap 31 of the race but he quickly recovered to pass Lon one lap later.

Unfortunately, Spencer crashed back down to earth at the Nürburgring. Spencer failed to pre-qualify for the third time, leading many to doubt the resolve of the champion. In Belgium, Spencer crashed out of the race at La Source, the first official retirement of his F1RWRS career.

Motorsport results

Complete F1RWRS results

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 DC Pts
2010 Prospec GER
6
LUX
15
SAX
4
CHN
5
TAS
5
BHR
11
BEL
3
GBR
1
AUS
5
4th 48
2011 Prospec BAV
11
GER
1
SAX
1
LUX
NC
BEL
6
GBR
7
ENG
7
KEN
8
NED
13
TAS
15
AUS
3
NSW
2
SUR
6*
CHN
2
USA
11
1st 71
2012 Prospec BAV
DNPQ
SAX
DNPQ
GER
1
LUX
DNPQ
BEL
Ret
NED
Ret
GBR
10
KEN
10
ENG
3
TAS
5
SUR
Ret
NSW
8
AUS
Ret
CHN
2
USA
9
500
8
6th 45
2013 Qantas Melrose Racing Team TAS
Ret
AUS
5
MEX
9
USA
10
MON
7
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
NED
10
BEL
7
POR
Ret
MED
DNQ
MAC
8
CHN
DNQ
JPN
13
BRA
14
=24th 2
2014 Virgin Melrose Racing Team TAS
Ret
AUS
Ret
BRA
1
MEX
Ret
USA
1
MON
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
BEL
8
ITA
Ret
MED NED
Ret
MAC
Ret
CHN JPN 9th 20
2015 Boxtel Engineering TAS
9
AUS
DNPQ
MED
19*
MON MEX USA CAN GBR GER BEL AUT ITA NED CHN JPN BRA =13th* 0*
  • * Indicates season in progress

Notes

Preceded by:
Gary Cameron
2010
F1RWRS champion
2011
Succeded by:
Pippa Mann
2012