PLOWMAN CLINCHES FIFTH IN FORMULA RENAULT ITALIA CHAMPIONSHIP Britain's Martin Plowman sealed his first season in single seater racing in style by clinching fifth in the Formula Renault Italia 2.0 Championship with the Prema...
PLOWMAN CLINCHES FIFTH IN FORMULA RENAULT ITALIA CHAMPIONSHIP
Britain's Martin Plowman sealed his first season in single seater racing in style by clinching fifth in the Formula Renault Italia 2.0 Championship with the Prema Powerteam. Plowman put in a sterling effort for rounds 14&15 to take fifth and seventh place finishes at Monza, Italy, on 7&8 October 2006.
Another strong qualifying performance from the BRDC Rising Star helped to secure third and seventh on the grid for the respective races. Plowman made a solid start for round 14 on Saturday to remain in position and begin to pressurise Edoardo Piscopo (ITA) on the opening lap but an error at Curva di Lesmo allowed Adrian Zaugg (CH) past and into third.
With pressure mounting behind from Dani Clos (ESP), Plowman closed to get a good slipstream on Zaugg on lap two, but a mistake from Zaugg going into Variante Ascari forced Plowman to slow. Clos, who was close on Plowman's tail, maximised on the opportunity to pass both Plowman and Zaugg on the exit.
Due to being pushed wide by Clos' move, fifth-placed Plowman lost the slipstream on Zaugg. Despite Plowman's best efforts to close the gap in front, Plowman couldn't catch fourth, but did manage to pull out a more than comfortable gap to sixth place. With the remainder of the race proving uneventful, Plowman remained untroubled to finish fifth.
Round 15 on Sunday and another good start for the British driver helped him take one place off the line and a further place around the outside of the Rettifilo Tribune. An incident on lap two, however, saw him hit from behind and forced down to 12th position in the closely matched field.
Plowman immediately got back in the chase and put in a performance that can only be described as impressive to take five places around the Curva Parabolica, down the pit straight and round the outside into the Rettifilo Tribune. Despite being under immense pressure from the train of cars running behind him, Plowman kept his cool to stay in front and continued to drive turn perfect to finish in seventh.
Plowman, who celebrated his 19th birthday earlier in the week, commented: "To finish fifth in the Formula Renault Italia Championship in my first season makes a great end to the year. We had mixed fortunes here at Monza but the most important thing was to score more points. This result certainly gives us a positive grounding to build on for next season. I'd like to thank Prema Powerteam for all their hard work throughout the year, although we will now be concentrating on finishing off the European Formula Renault Championship at Barcelona on 21 and 22 October."