Dramatic win in Mosport

Posted on: July 24th, 2012 by Martin Plowman

Martin Plowman and teammate David Heinemeier Hansson drove a competitive race and found their first victory at the Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. It was an exciting battle in the P2 category between Conquest Endurance and Level 5 Motorsports, but Conquest Endurance came out on top, capturing the race win, pole position, and fastest overall lap time in Friday’s unofficial practice.

The #37 car rolled off the truck in good form. Plowman topped the charts in Friday’s unofficial practice, the only driver to do a sub-1:10 lap. The team adjusted the car in an effort to pick up additional speed, only to go back on those adjustments for Saturday’s afternoon practice, which put them back on top in the P2 category.

Plowman dominated Saturday afternoon’s P2 class qualifying session. He set a time of 1:08.853, over half a second faster than the second place #055 Level 5 Motorsports car.  That momentum continued into Sunday’s race. Heinemeier Hansson started the race for Conquest Endurance, pushing the pace and hanging on to the lead. At the first yellow flag, he stopped for fuel, but received a stop-and-go penalty for passing under yellow, dropping the team to second in class. Impressively, Heinemeier Hansson pushed ahead, finally catching and passing the #055 car for the lead. Plowman took the wheel just after the race’s half-way point and carefully managed the car’s fuel and tires. A yellow flag caused the field to bunch up, putting the #055 car directly behind Plowman’s #37. Known for his impressive restarts, Plowman defended his position and took the checkered flag, the first for Conquest Endurance.

YOU CAN RE-WATCH THE RACE HERE

Martin Plowman, driver: “I feel great. It’s been a long time coming! I have one word for the win today: Finally! The team did an amazing job all weekend. The car was as close to perfect as possible, and David did a great first stint. He gave me the car in the lead and I managed to get a pretty good gap to Bouchut. I was managing the gap and was making sure that I took care of my tires. Even when he was catching me a bit in the middle of the stint, I wanted to make sure the tires were good for the end of the race. Then the caution came out and when I looked in my mirrors, I realized that he would be right behind me on the restart, which is the last thing I wanted. But on the restart I just drove like a bat out of hell and passed a bunch of cars to get away from him. He eventually got a penalty and that gave us a pretty comfortable gap. The last few laps were nerve-racking, but I just focused on bringing it home and making sure we got our first win.”

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