Plowman Qualifies Third in ‘Physical’ Sao Paulo Qualifying

Posted on: August 31st, 2013 by Martin Plowman

The OAK Racing #35 car will start from third position in the P2 class at tomorrow’s 6 Hours of purchase cialis canada Sao Paulo. Teammates Martin Plowman and Bertrand Baguette powered the car during the 25-minute qualifying session.

The OAK team had been testing different tire compounds during the three testing sessions prior to qualifying, finding which compounds would work best for the three drivers and the physcially-demanding Interlagos track.

Just as the other qualifying sessions in the World Endurance Championship, two drivers are required to qualify, and the starting position is determined by averaging each driver’s best two laps, for a total of four laps. The teams are mandated only one set of tires for the session. Baguette took to the track first in today’s qualifying session and registered his two fastest laps at 1:27.5 and 1:28.1. Plowman was second in the car, registering a 1:28.6 and a 1:28.9 for a four-lap average of 1:28.300.

Plowman said that despite the positive result, he was surprised. “The car didn’t feel great in qualifying for us and to be P3 is a little bit of a shock,” he explained. “Up until qualifying, I felt like we had [the car] pretty dialed in, and we made a last-minute tire compound decision  to run in qualifying and it almost backfired viagra online real on us. I think it was a lesson learned and it’s good that it didn’t happen during the race.”

He is looking forward to tomorrow’s race, and is happy that the high qualifying position will keep the car out of trouble toward the start. “I don’t necessarily think that in a 6-hour race that starting position helps you at the finish. But it keeps you out of trouble at the start if you are near the front.”

This will be Plowman’s first time racing at the Interlagos track in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he is finding the track to be a challenge. He said, “This is probably the most physical track of the year to date, but the training has paid off. I’m confident in my training and will be able to withstand the endurance needed for this race.”

The 6 Hours of Sao Paulo will start at 1200 local time (11:00 am ET) and will be live-broadcast at and on Radio Le Mans.

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