Plowman and OAK Finish Fourth at Spa

Posted on: May 6th, 2013 by Martin Plowman

Martin Plowman and his OAK Racing #35 Morgan/Nissan car finished in fourth position in the P2 class in this weekend’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. After battling the car setup and tire wear during practice and an in-race incident, it was all about damage limitation to maintain track position and gain points in the championship race.

During the first of two practice sessions of the weekend, the track was wet as it had rained the night before. The second practice session found cialis 20mg tablets a dry track and the team struggled with understeer in the new track conditions. Plowman started the practice and reported that the tires felt like they had no grip. During his pit stop and driver change, the car setup was adjusted. Both teammates Ricardo Gonzalez and Bertrand Baguette reported back to the team that the changes made were too extreme, giving the car oversteer as they each struggled to control tire wear. Baguette and Plowman qualified fourth in class, the average of each of their two fastest lap times contributing to the qualification placing.

Baguette started the race in his home country of Belgium. After two stints and some great on-track battles, Gonzalez took to the track. Just under two hours into the race, contact was made with the #21 car causing damage to the front right side. He came straight into the pits where the team replaced the front diffuser and the front wing. On Gonzalez’s second stint he reported that the suspension had been bent during the contact, leaving all three drivers to adjust to the altered steering. Plowman jumped in the car with 2 hours and 20 minutes to go in the race. He maintained good, clean lap times, completing two full stints with no incident. Baguette finished the race and took the checkered flag viagra online cheap in fourth place.

The next race in the World Endurance Championship is the 24 Hours of Le Mans, on 22-23 June. Looking toward Le Mans, the OAK Racing team is testing in Magny Cours on May 15th and 16th. They are hoping to win at the 90th anniversary of the famous race and to better their current placement of third in the championship standings.

Martin Plowman, driver: “We seemed to struggle with tire wear again this weekend and Ricardo had an unfortunate crash in the middle stint, but he showed a lot of maturity and composure afterwards and put in a fast, strong stint. The team showed determination and perseverance to pull it back to fourth and take very solid points, especially when some of our main championship rivals went home with zero points. We’ve definitely made some gains in speed from Silverstone, but we are still struggling to be fast over longer race stints. It’s an area we are obviously working hard to get right. We know we have the speed to contend for race wins, so as soon as we get our consistency back I know the team will be very strong.”

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Bart Roberts says:

Martin,
Congratulations on signing at Oak racing and your strong finishes at Silverstone and Spa.
I’ll being looking forward to Le Mans and your efforts there.
Best of luck
Capt Bart Roberts
American Airlines
Chief Pilot Line Operations
Snowball Express

vic & delana pearman says:

Looking forward to you strong run at Le Mans….go get em…..

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