OAK Racing Sets WEC Driver Lineup
OAK Racing has announced that Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson will team-up for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship aboard the French squad’s No. 24 Morgan LM P2.
The strength of this season’s LM P2 class has been reflected in the high-calibre line-up that comprises drivers already familiar with the Onroak Automotive designed and built chassis, Nissan engine and Dunlop tires – with whom OAK Racing will continue as an official partner team for a fifth consecutive year.
Frenchman Pla remains with the Le Mans-based squad for a second WEC campaign after establishing himself as one of the world’s fastest prototype drivers during 2012. Meanwhile British ace Brundle, who raced for the team in Bahrain and Brazil, will contest his first full World Endurance Championship season after moving across from single-seaters. The trio is completed by Heinemeier Hansson who will hope to continue the rapid personal development witnessed last year when driving a Morgan LM P2 in the American Le Mans Series, as well as appearances for OAK Racing at Spa, Le Mans and Silverstone.
A pair of Morgan LM P2s, which will both carry the team’s traditional pink and black livery in 2013, have received full-season entries for this year’s WEC. The driver line-up for the No. 35 car will be announced shortly.
“Our first crew to be announced already has a strong relationship from working together in 2012,” said Sébastien Philippe, OAK Racing Team Principal. “Obviously this is an excellent starting point. Olivier is very fast and experienced while David demonstrated last season that he is amongst the very best of the silver-rated drivers. Judging by the level he has reached in such a short space of time I’m sure he still has much room for improvement. Meanwhile Alex is a young, talented driver in the making. Our car is also very powerful so we begin the year expecting to challenge for victories.”