Martin Plowman and OAK Racing participated in their first official FIA/WEC test at Paul Ricard Circuit in Le Castellet, France on March 29th and 30th, 2013. The test was in preparation for the season opener at Silverstone later this month.
The varying weather was an issue throughout the course of the test. The damp conditions website did not allow the team to test as many setups as they had planned, though it presented the opportunity to work through many different weather conditions as the track dried. Plowman ran only 7 laps on day one of the test, enough time to learn the track and feel the car.
The second test day was strong for OAK Racing. Early in the afternoon session, Plowman set a blistering early benchmark and continued to work on improving the car’s setup before handing over driving duties to his co-drivers. Plowman’s teammate, Bertrand Baguette ultimately posted Viagra Online at good prices the fastest P2 class time of the day in the #35 Morgan-Nissan later in the afternoon at 1:47.398, besting out the #24 OAK Racing car by two-tenths of a second. The #35 is carrying a lot of momentum into the first race of the season. Having worked with many of the team members in last year’s Morgan-Nissan, the team was quick to reacquaint themselves with each other’s working styles.
Competition will be fierce among the P2 class, including from within the same team. The #24 car consistently posted fast times. The competition within the team will help raise the bar for both cars. Now, the #35 car will join the #24 and 33 other cars at Silverstone in Northamptonshire, UK on April 12-14 for the 6 Hours of Silverstone. Practice begins on Friday, April 12 and the race starts at 12 noon on Sunday, April 14.
Martin Plowman, driver #35 Morgan-Nissan LMP2: “We had a very productive two days of testing. The conditions were not perfect with the weather changing so much, but it is good preparation for Silverstone because more than likely the weather will be bad there, too. We were not too focused on the performance of the lap times here. Everybody is doing something different during the test, so it is not a true test of speed. I think overall we ended the second day quite happy with the feeling of the car, which is the most important thing. We gelled well as a team. I am sure Silverstone will be exciting to see where we truly stand in the lineup. We are definitely strong.”