Oak Racing win at Donington

Oak Racing win at Donington
By Eurosport

16/07/2012 at 03:01Updated 16/07/2012 at 19:07

The Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan of Baguette-Enjalbert-Pla won the Donington 6 Hours event in the European Le Mans Series.

Jacques Nicolet's No.35 car started from fourth on the grid and has problems in the lead-up to the race, with engine problems on Friday and water in its fuel on Saturday.

Indeed Olivier Pla's first moments in the car this weekend came in qualifying, where he set the French squad's quickest time.

“We've been expecting this victory for some time now," said Belgian Bertrand Baguette. "My team-mates and I did a good job.

"After the problems we had before the race I reckon we fully deserved this win.”

While the pole-sitting Morgan-Judd driven by Matthieu Lahaye pulled away at the front of the field, on lap 60 Bertrand Baguette snatched second spot from Sam Hancock's Zytek-Nissan.

A back-and-forth battle of strategy and pitstops saw the lead change hands between the front two cars until the final hour.

Pierre Thiriet (Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan) then took over at the front before pitting, which allowed Warren Hughes (Murphy Prototypes Oreca-Nissan) to assume the lead.

Two laps later Briton Hughes spun while overtaking a GT entry but managed to stay ahead of Mathias Beche, now in charge of the Thiriet by TDS Racing Oreca-Nissan.

After the sixth round of refuelling stops, Olivier Pla took over at the front and remained there until the end of the race.

Beche was handed a 30-second stop & go penalty for speeding in the pit lane, dropping him to third behind the Murphy Oreca-Nissan; however the Irish-entered prototype lost valuable time during its stop as it needed a front bonnet readjustment due to the earlier spin.

That meant its final driver Brendon Hartley lost out on second spot to the Beche-Thiriet Oreca Nissan, which retains the series lead by two points from the Donington victors.


1 35 OAK Racing Pla / Baguette / Enjalbert Morgan - Nissan 251 laps

2 46 Thiriet by Tds Racing Beche / Thiriet Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2 251

3 18 Murphy Prototypes Firth / Hughes / Hartley Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2 251

4 19 Sebastien Loeb Racing Marroc / Minassian / Sarrazin Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2 250

5 10 Pecom Racing Perez Companc / Ayari / Kaffer Oreca 03 - Nissan LMP2 246

6 24 OAK Racing Nicolet / Lahaye Morgan - Judd LMP2 244

7 1 Greaves Motorsport Ordoñez / Kimber-Smith / Brundle Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LMP2 234

8 66 JMW Motorsport Simonsen / Cocker Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Pro 232

9 67 Imsa Performance Matmut Armindo / Narac / Pons Porsche 911 RSR (997) LMGTE Am 231

10 60 AF Corse Perazzini / Cioci / Griffin Ferrari 458 Italia LMGTE Am 230

11 40 Boutsen Ginion Racing Dagoneau / Battut / Hartshorne Formula Le Mans - Oreca - 09 LMPC 213

Not classified

38 Jota Dolan / Hancock Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LMP2 127

17 Status GP Sims / Jousse / Jousse Lola B12/80 Coupe - Judd HK LMP2 45

38 Jota Dolan / Hancock Zytek Z11SN - Nissan LMP2 127

17 Status GP Sims / Jousse / Jousse Lola B12/80 Coupe - Judd HK LMP2 45