Morgan OAK Racing claims LM P2 podium at Shanghai season finale

Jacques Nicolet, Matthieu Lahaye and Olivier Pla rounded off OAK Racing’s FIA World Endurance Championship campaign with a satisfactory third place LMP2 class finish at the 6 Hours of Shanghai today, while the LM P1 lineup of Bertrand Baguette, Dominik Kraihamer and Takuma Sato finish seventh in the prenier prototype catergory. Sato finished seventh in the premier prototype category. Despite fine efforts from both driver crews, the French team feels the results fall below expectations given the true pace of its #15 OAK-HPD LMP1, which was making only its second appearance of the season, and Onroak Automotive designed and built #24 Morgan-Nissan 2012 LM P2 that finished fourth overall in this year’s final class standings after scoring four podiums in eight races. Nevertheless, these results do offer much optimism for next season. The battle for a place on the LM P2 class podium proved...

All-round team performance nets Morgan LMP2 podium in Japan

A battling performance helped OAK Racing score their third FIA World Endurance Championship LM P2 podium of the season at the 6 Hours of Fuji today, while its LMP1 machine came home eighth in class on its series return. Despite the #24 Morgan-Nissan 2012 LM P2 being less suited to the Fuji Speedway than other circuits, the French squad was confident that its pace over a longer stint could make it a podium contender in race conditions. And Olivier Pla immediately proved the point by jumping from sixth to fourth on the opening lap before engaging in a short, intense battle for third place.  Matthieu Lahaye, who took over just before the end of the opening hour, continued to demonstrate the car’s excellent race pace throughout a rapid double stint that saw the Frenchman relentlessly hunt down and pass those ahead to run second...

Morgan LMP2 Nissan to compete at FIA WEC in Shanghai 28th October

The season finale of the inaugural FIA World Endurance Championship will take place in China one day later than planned with the 6 Hours of Shanghai now on Sunday 28 October. With a busy track schedule the date change was made for technical reasons to allow the circuit staff to prepare the circuit for the arrival of the FIA WEC. The FIA WEC (FIA World Endurance Championship) is an extension of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup (ILMC), initiated by the ACO in 2010 and 2011. It also revives the historical thread of the World Championship of Brands of the 50s, 60s and 70s, the Endurance World Championship Group C of the 80s and the World Sports Car Championship of the 90s. The FIA WEC represents the popularity and attraction of endurance racing today on legendary circuits (Sebring, Spa-Francorchamps, Le Mans, Fuji, Interlagos, Silverstone), and...

Le Mans 2012 Result

Plenty of pace but little luck summed up OAK Racing’s performance at the 80th edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours, which also counted as round three of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, at Circuit de la Sarthe this weekend.  Having run 1-2 and held the LMP2 class lead by two-and-a-half minutes at midnight, the team was left to rue what might have been with a solitary seventh place finish for its Onroak Automotive designed and built #35 Morgan-Nissan 2012 LMP2 driven by Bas Leinders, Maxime Martin and David Heinemeier Hansson. The trio had been fighting the team’s sister car for the class lead after a trouble-free first nine hours before three punctures in as many laps, not to mention a necessary change of electrics, saw it plummet down the order to as low as 13th at one stage. On the other side...