This weekend saw the opening round of the British GT Championship, with Martin Plowman attending a double header at Oulton Park alongside Richard Taffinder in the Ultratek RJN Nissan 370z GT4. In treacherous conditions, Plowman made his mark in both races, stunning the crowds with his car control and frantic overtaking. Race two saw Plowman and Taffinder bag their first haul of GT4 Drivers Championship points and steal more than their fair share of TV coverage.
Race one started with the Am driver, Taffinder behind the wheel. On an exceptionally damp circuit, visibility was difficult, and traction was almost non-existent. Taffinder made a strong start considering the conditions and pushed as hard as he could to hand the car over to Plowman at the half way point. Plowman jumped in the car and pressed on, gaining ground to close the gap. Plowman’s tenacity paid off as he passed the Mclaren of his former team, Garage 59 before crossing the line with the car in one piece ready for race 2.
Race two saw Plowman benefit from the fruits of his strong qualifying session, starting on the second row of the GT4 grid. Plowman was on it from the outset, determined to hunt down the three cars in front of him. He gained two places on the first lap and then set about chasing the Century Motorsport Ginetta. He knuckled down and after some tactically clever manoeuvres, he won the place on lap 4 to take the GT4 race lead. Plowman continued to push hard, earning him a lead of 5.650 seconds over the second place car of Mackay, and put in a performance worthy of his platinum driver status until handing over to Taffinder at the half way point. Taffinder pushed hard after the change to bring the pair home just outside the podium in 4th, a great start to their GT4 campaign.
Richard Taffinder commented: “I’m not a fan of wet weather, but with Martin’s support and tutoring, I made meaningful progress and banished a few demons. I have always known how good Martin is as a driver but watching how we worked together and how he handled the car reinforces that I made the right choice. Roll on Rockingham as we had solid pre-season test day, and I can’t wait to apply what I learned.”
Martin Plowman responded, “All in all it was a great start to the season for Ultratek Racing. Our expectations for this year are very humble, so to have a strong showing straight out of the box and lead the race the way we did and to come away with a points finish, shows just how hard the whole team has prepared for this year.
“The team performed flawlessly all weekend so I must thank Bob Neville and all his staff for giving me a great car. The racing in British GT is at a really high level this year, so we need to get our heads down and work harder than ever to get our first podium.
“Special shout-out to my team-mates too, especially Kelvin Fletcher, we put him under a lot of pressure this weekend by lining him up against all professionals. He impressed quite a lot of people with his speed in the treacherous conditions and posted top 5 fastest lap in race 1. There’s a lot more to come from him and I’m excited to see him develop.”
The team are back in action on the 29th and 30th of April at Rockingham Motor Speedway for the first two-hour endurance race of the season. Full TV coverage of the event will be available on Front Runner, the only free- to -air sports channel in the UK.
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