After an exciting and nail-biting 6 Hours of Sao Paulo, Martin Plowman and teammates Bertrand Baguette and Ricardo Gonzalez have extended their lead in the World Endurance Championship P2 class. The trio of drivers finished second in the race driving the #35 OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan. With 95 points, they have a 9-point advantage over the #49 Pecom car.
Baguette took the green flag for the start of the race and held steady onto the third-place starting position. Thirty minutes into the race, a crash between a Toyota and Lotus brought out an extended safety car period. The #35 was victim to the safety car procedure and lost almost a lap to Pecom Racing’s #49 car and the G-Drive/ADR #26. Baguette passed the car onto Gonzalez, and the varied pit-stop strategies of the P2 cars put the #35 in fifth. After more than an hour of safety car, the green flag flew, but only for a short time. Ten minutes into the green flag, another safety car was brought out when the #71 Porsche caught on fire.
Through the cycle of pit stops, the #35 cycled up to P2 in class, and with 3 hours and 30 minutes to go in the race, Plowman took the wheel for his stint. He built a significant 26-second lead between himself and the #24 OAK Racing sister car. After a mid-stint pit stop, the #24 started slowly catching the #35. The gap between the two cars dropped to 5 seconds, as the #35 experimented with a different tire compound selection. With an hour and 49 minutes to go in the race, Plowman turned the car over to Baguette. The #24 suffered a broken suspension, easing the tension off the #35 car, but they could not rest easy. They were hoping their fuel strategy and fuel conservation would allow them only one more stop until the end of the race. The strategy paid off, along with the conservative driving of all three drivers, and the team finished in a celebratory second place, solidifying their championship lead.
Martin Plowman, driver: “It was a flat out race from start to finish. Every lap was like a qualifying lap. I was surprised that physically it wasn’t as hard as I thought it was going to cialis be after yesterday. The training at St. Vincent Sports Performance and Core Pilates and Fitness helped a lot to prepare me. During the early safety car, we lost almost a lap to the Pecom and G-Drive cars which managed to gain almost a lap on us. From the early stages of the race, it was a case of making up the lost time. So to come out with a second place result was a massive result and even more important for the championship.”