OAK Racing began its FIA World Endurance Championship campaign in encouraging fashion at the 60th Anniversary 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida on Saturday night with an excellent LMP2 class podium finish.
The all-French crew of Jacques Nicolet, Olivier Pla and Matthieu Lahaye delivered a fast, consistent and faultless combined performance aboard the #24 Morgan-Judd 2012 LMP2 to finish as runners-up in the WEC classification, as well as a remarkable fifth overall, on the car’s race debut.
Spurred on by Morgan Motor Company CEO Charles Morgan, Pla initially demonstrated the car’s potential in qualifying by grabbing class pole position before proving it was no fluke with the fastest LMP2 lap of the race.
The trio’s combined efforts also ensured that Pla headed into the sportscar classic’s final two hours maintaining a realistic chance of victory as the team opted to triple-stint Dunlop’s updated endurance compound tyres.
And despite having to ultimately settle for second, the result ensures that OAK Racing travels to the second round at Spa-Francorchamps with significant points already on the board