Nurburgring: Olivier Pla weekend summary

Two victories in a row for Olivier Pla! After Portimao, the driver from Toulouse took the victory at Nurburgring. Olivier and teammate Miguel Amaral strengthened the championship lead! Olivier Pla and Quifel-ASM Team entered round 4 of the Le...

Two victories in a row for Olivier Pla!

After Portimao, the driver from Toulouse took the victory at Nurburgring. Olivier and teammate Miguel Amaral strengthened the championship lead!

Olivier Pla and Quifel-ASM Team entered round 4 of the Le Mans Series with the lead in the LM P2 class and could then expect to climb on the first step of the podium. On the Nurburgring track, the Ginetta-Zytek #40 ruled unquestionably. Setting the pole on Saturday, the driver from Toulouse also chalked up the best race lap and took his second win in a row with Miguel Amaral !

On a quite winding track, Olivier Pla and the technical crew early found the best set-up out: best lap twice and second best lap during the three free practice sessions. "The balance of the car has been good since the first laps," confirmed Olivier. "We then made a few changes but we especially wanted to confirm our tires consistency. The car was very good and well-balanced. We have not been surprised because the Ginetta-Zytek has been competitive on each track and we again demonstrated it this weekend!" Olivier could capitalize on the strong performance and took his second pole in a row... more than one second quicker than its closest rival: "I left the pit-lane at the right time and I had a clear lap from my first attempt. The car was perfect, as if in a dream!"

When the race started on Sunday at 12:28 pm, Olivier kept the lead with one target: to push... without taking any risk. "The Nurburgring tack is tricky, especially in traffic," explained Olivier. "I had to be fast, but also to stay away from traps. That's what we could do." After the first third of the race, Miguel Amaral took over with a strong lead. The Portuguese driver kept the lead of the LMP2 class before Olivier was back to drive the #40 car and has stayed fifth overall for a few minutes! "I kept on pushing to secure the victory. We later had to replace the louvers, but we were not worried because we were leading strongly."

Scoring one point for the pole and ten for the win, Pla and Amaral lead the LMP2 class with 33 points, so 9 more than their rivals with only one race left. Olivier concluded: "We fulfilled our contract in Germany. We confirmed our victory at Portimao and increased our championship lead. We could not expect a better result. We now have to focus to end on a high note at Silverstone. Beforehand, I want to dedicate this victory to somebody who has helped and supported me a lot for these last months."

Don't miss the last round of the Le Mans Series on September 11-13. Leading the class, Quifel-ASM Team, Olivier Pla and Miguel Amaral will try to clinch " Teams " and " Drivers " titles.

-credit: op

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Olivier Pla , Miguel Amaral