Olivier Pla1981-10-22 (age 38)
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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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Olivier Pla leads the 19th Petit Le Mans ahead of two Corvette Daytona Prototypes, while Ferrari and Ford fight for GT Le Mans honors.
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.
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.