Tarporley – Saturday 15th 2017
Martin Plowman was in action today in the opening qualifying session of the 2017 British GT Championship at Oulton Park. In the number 53 Nissan 370Z gt4, Plowman and teammate Richard Taffinder made strong progress in the pro-am category.
Taffinder was the first to take to the track, following two days of intensive tuition with Plowman at the Cheshire circuit. Taffinder’s made significant progress through the offseason, in a program aimed at developing the Birmingham-based racers technique. Taffinder did not disappoint in the opening GT4 AM qualifying session, showing his consistency and placing the UltraTek RJN Nissan in thick of the action.
In the second of two 10 minute qualifying sessions, it was the turn of Plowman to get behind the wheel of the Nissan with the pros.
The platinum graded driver illustrated his skill and was fast out of the box. Plowman put in fast sector after fast sector and pushed the Nissan to qualify 4th.
Richard Taffinder commented: “It’s been fantastic to see the fruits of my labour working with Martin over the winter. I have felt incredibly confident in the car and able to mix it with the pack. I can’t sing Martin’s praise enough, his dedicated, technique and teaching style have made a phenomenal difference.”
Martin Plowman responded “This was a great first session for Ultratek Racing and their new Nissan 370z. Working with Richard is a lot of fun and I’m proud of the progress he has made. In qualifying, I felt like I got everything out of the car today, so we have a little bit of work to do before we can consistently fight for the pole. The RJN Motorsport crew are great to work with, I’m looking forward to building the relationship with them this year and help improve both Richard and the car throughout the year.”
The team are back in action on Easter Monday with two one-hour races starting from 11.10am. Full TV coverage of the event will be available on Front Runner, the only free- to -air sports channel in the UK.