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Olivier Pla

Olivier Pla

1981-10-22 (age 38)
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Mazda’s second place “like a victory” after previous troubles

Mazda ace Oliver Jarvis has described the marque’s second-place finish in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona "like a victory" as both RT24-Ps were classified in the top six.

Mazda leads Roar qualifying session, Acuras edge closer

The #77 Mazda Team Joest entry of Olivier Pla topped the 15-minute qualifying session to decide the pit stalls and garage allocation for this year’s Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, but both Acuras were within a quarter second of the lead Mazda RT24-P.

Mazda announces IMSA line-ups for 2020 season

Mazda Team Joest has confirmed its 2020 IMSA WeatherTech Championship driver line-ups, with IndyCar ace Ryan Hunter-Reay coming on board for all four long-distance endurance events.

Bomarito on Mazda's Watkins Glen 1-2: “We just had to be perfect”

Jonathan Bomarito, who along with Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla led a Mazda Team Joest 1-2 in the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen yesterday, says the RT24-Ps were so fast that fulfilling their potential came down simply to “execution”.

Mazda had the pace to win in Sebring - Pla

Mazda Team Joest had the speed to win the Sebring 12 Hours if it had not been for Jonathan Bomarito's crash, believes Olivier Pla.

Sebring 12 Hours: Pla puts Mazda on top in FP2

Olivier Pla sent Mazda Team Joest to the top of the times in second practice for the Sebring 12 Hours, just before running out of fuel, ahead of Saturday’s second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Mazda: Daytona reliability issues have “been addressed”

Mazda Team Joest is looking ahead to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with optimism after claiming to have solved the issues that knocked both its cars out of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Mazda in “completely different stratosphere” at Daytona in 2019

Mazda Team Joest ace Harry Tincknell says that he’s expecting race wins and championship contention after the “huge” shift in the team dynamic in the RT24-P’s third season.

Bernhard, Pla join Mazda IMSA endurance lineup

Mazda Team Joest has bolstered its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver line-up for the 2019 season, with Timo Bernhard and Olivier Pla joining its roster.

Paul Ricard ELMS: Racing Engineering wins on series debut

Long-time GP2 and Formula 2 outfit Racing Engineering won on its return to sportscar racing in the opening round of the European Le Mans Series at Paul Ricard.

Ford retains GTE drivers for 2018/19 WEC season

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed an unchanged core line-up of drivers for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship 'superseason'.

Lapierre, Pla join ESM for IMSA enduro campaign

Olivier Pla and Nicolas Lapierre will race for the Extreme Speed Motorsports Nissan prototype squad in the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship enduros next year.

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing returns to Fuji

Round 7 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship takes place on Sunday at Fuji Speedway in Japan

Ford battles door issues to grab Silverstone WEC win

A problem with a door failing to close properly didn't stop the #67 Ford GT winning the GTE Pro class at Silverstone’s FIA World Endurance Championship opening round.

Ford ready for the “bumps and holes” of Sebring

Ford GT Chip Ganassi Racing driver Stefan Mucke says he’s prepared for the racetrack that he once mistook for a service road for emergency vehicles.

Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs remain top in FP2, Ford leads GTLM

Cadillac maintained its 1-2-3 at the top of the leaderboard in Daytona, with Joao Barbosa slotting the #5 Action Express Racing entry in at P1.

Daytona 24 Hours: Cadillacs dominate first practice

The all-new DPi Cadillacs topped the first practice session for the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, with Christian Fittipaldi setting the pace for Action Express Racing.

WEC's standout LMP2 and GTE stars of 2016

Following on from's Top 10 LMP1 drivers of 2016, Sam Smith selects 10 standout performers in the FIA World Endurance Championship's LMP2 and GTE classes this year.

Shank leads Ligier-Honda 1-2 finish at Petit Le Mans

Michael Shank Racing held on to beat ESM Racing to clinch victory in the finale of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as Dane Cameron and Eric Curran won the Prototype championship.

Shank Ligier leads Petit Le Mans with three hours to go

Olivier Pla leads the 19th Petit Le Mans ahead of two Corvette Daytona Prototypes, while Ferrari and Ford fight for GT Le Mans honors.

Shank Ligier leads Petit Le Mans at 3-hour mark

Despite an ongoing pitstop problem, Olivier Pla got Michael Shank Racing back into the lead at Road Atlanta as Corvette Racing appeared to gain a strong grip on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar GTLM championship honors.

Pla, Westbrook, Bleekemolen, Alon take Petit Le Mans poles

Qualifying for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's 2016 finale at Road Atlanta followed practice form in the Prototype category, but there were surprises in other classes.

Shank Ligier and Ferraris lead fourth practice at Petit Le Mans

Olivier Pla put the Michael Shank Ligier on top for the fourth straight practice session at Petit Le Mans, as Ferrari 488s headed the GTLM class.

Pla completes Shank domination at Road Atlanta

Olivier Pla ensured Michael Shank Racing stayed on top during Thursday practice for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans, pulling half a second clear of the team’s nearest rivals.