Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez will contest this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship aboard OAK Racing’s No. 35 Morgan LM P2.
The championship’s ultra-competitive LM P2 class has prompted the team to field two equally strong driver line-ups for its pair of Morgan LM P2s. Each will be relying on the already proven package of Morgan chassis – designed and built by OAK Racing’s manufacturer department Onroak Automotive – Nissan engines and Dunlop tires, with whom OAK Racing has renewed its official partnership for a fifth-straight season.
Former single-seater and IndyCar driver Baguette remains with the team for a second campaign after making his endurance racing debut in the 2012 WEC as part of OAK Racing’s LM P1 programme. The Belgian can also count on his familiarity of the Morgan LM P2 gleaned during last season’s European Le Mans Series in which he formed part of the winning driver crew at Donington Park.
Likewise Martin Plowman who, having also previously raced in IndyCar, made the switch to endurance racing last season. Several class victories and pole positions behind the wheel of a Morgan LM P2 in the American Le Mans Series contributed to an impressive debut for the Briton who will now carry his existing knowledge of the car into 2013.
The line-up’s silver-grade position has been filled by 35-year-old Mexican Ricardo Gonzalez who, despite being new to the team and car, is no endurance racing novice. Stints in Formula 3 and World Series by Renault were followed by a seven-year break from motorsport, before returning in 2010 to contest the American Le Mans Series’ LMPC class. Having won the title in 2011, he switched to the WEC’s LMP2 category last season.
Like the championship itself, the No. 35’s line-up is of an international standard just like that of the sister No. 24 machine which was announced last week as Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson. Both will carry the Le Mans-based squad’s traditional pink and black livery.
The driver line-up, livery and program for OAK Racing’s No. 45 Morgan LM P2, which will include the Le Mans 24 Hours, is due to be announced shortly.