PLOWMAN PROVES POTENTIAL WITH FIRST PODIUM IN HOCKENHEIM Britain's Martin Plowman proved his potential after finishing second from pole position and stepping up on to the podium for the first time in the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia...
PLOWMAN PROVES POTENTIAL WITH FIRST PODIUM IN HOCKENHEIM
Britain's Martin Plowman proved his potential after finishing second from pole position and stepping up on to the podium for the first time in the Formula Renault 2.0 Italia series, at round eight in Hockenheim, Germany, on Saturday 8 July. The 18-year-old's performance promotes him from 11th to sixth in the championship standings in what is his first season in single seaters.
The BRDC Rising Star put in a truly impressive performance during qualifying on Saturday morning in dry conditions to claim his first Formula Renault Italia 2.0 pole position. The weather, however, took a turn for the worse and Plowman selected wet tyres for the race.
On a damp track, Plowman made a lightening start from the front row and pulled clear into the lead with Dani Clos (E) and Adrian Zaugg (ZA) in hot pursuit. At the end of the first lap, Plowman ran slightly wide, allowing Clos to close in on the British driver, but Plowman put in a blinding lap time on lap two to pull out a small gap once again.
Plowman continued to lead without putting a wheel wrong until his tyres began to loose performance on a drying track and Clos put in some quick laps to pass on lap six. Together with Clos, Plowman had managed to pull out a comfortable five-second gap to third place and with Clos now a few seconds ahead, Plowman set about consolidating his position for the remainder of the race.
With over a two-second gap to third-placed Matteo Chinosi (I), Plowman took the chequered flag at the German Formula One circuit to take his first podium position.
Following the podium presentation, Plowman commented: "I am absolutely delighted to have stepped onto the podium for the first time in my single seater race career. We have been working extremely hard all season and, although there is still a lot of progress to be made, it's great that our efforts are starting to be rewarded. My thanks go to Prema Powerteam.
"Setting the pole position time was definitely the highlight of my day. It was made all the more special because my Grandad sadly passed away on Saturday morning. I'd like to dedicate my first pole position and podium to him."