Martin Plowman is hopeful a first Pro-Am category victory of the season for the #53 UltraTek Racing Team RJN Nissan 370Z at Spa-Francorchamps will prove a turning point in the team’s campaign.
A fifth-place finish in GT4 during the opening race of last week’s Spa double-header was enough for Plowman and Am partner Richard Taffinder to claim a maiden Pro-Am category win for the pairing.
Two Century Motorsport-induced safety cars saw Taffinder register only two green flag laps before handing over to Plowman at the half-way point of race one, with the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans winner powering the #53 Nissan up the order into a top five finish at the flag.
An elated Plowman lauded partner Taffinder and the team’s perseverance in what has so far been a testing campaign for UltraTek.
“I’m over the moon to have finally delivered a class-win with Richard,” Plowman said.
“Being true to ourselves, we still have a lot of learning to do, but if Richard and I were complacent then we shouldn’t be out there racing together. We needed this result to reward the hard work done by the whole of UltraTek and RJN Motorsport so far this year, and I hope this will be a turning point for our season.”
Despite suffering rear-end damage in race two, another top 10 finish in class solidified UltraTek’s most impressive performance this season, and Taffinder believes rigorous training for the team’s Am drivers contributed to their Spa success.
“UltraTek Racing is a true Pro-Am team, we have been working throughout the season to develop our racing skills as AMs from track tests to simulator training,” Taffinder commented.
“To come away from Spa today having made our first trip up the podium steps is a fantastic achievement and one the whole team should be very proud.
“We have a small break before the next round and are back to the intensive coaching schedule from Martin to allow us to move onwards and upwards.”