Archive | May, 2014

Richard Bradley Scores Pole Position and Podium in Round 2 of WEC

12 May

The second event of the FIA World Endurance Championship witnessed Richard Braldey and KCMG secure the third spot on Spa-Francorchamps’ podium and grab his first WEC pole position in the #47 Oreca – Nissan over the weekend.

The Chinese LMP2 team’s strong performance was highlighted by Richard Bradley, Alexandre Imperatori and Matt Howson’s prowess in variable conditions on the legendary circuit situated in the Ardennes Forest. Following a successful debut in the Oreca 03 – Nissan at Silverstone last month, KCMG continued its aggressive pursuit to place the #47 LMP2 at the front of the field in Belgium.

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KCMG went through its test plan in Friday practice and completed the two 120-minute sessions in P4 and P5. As dusk fell, Bradley claimed an historical pole position in the LMP2 class, after setting the fastest 4-lap average of 2’12.103 during the 30-minute qualifying run in damp conditions.

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Fine weather graced Spa-Francorchamps on Saturday, with Richard Bradley starting the six-hour round in the #47 Oreca 03 on pole position. The British driver maintained a steady gap from opposition in the first half hour of the race.

Unfortunately, the blue and white Oreca’s front left dive plane was damaged after being struck by bodywork debris coming from Toyota’s #7 LMP1.This incident caused debilitating aerodynamic issues for the #47 Oreca 03 and lost the lead to the #26 Morgan.

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Bradley completed a two-hour stint in third place before handing the #47 Oreca 03 to Alexandre Imperatori. The Swiss driver rejoined the race in fifth position and steadily fought his way back into contention. Imperatori defended his position after a fierce battle for second place against Jota Sport’s Marc Gene until the start of the four-hour mark.

KCMG dropped two places to fourth position after a pit stop for driver change to Matt Howson. In the final 90-minutes of the 6 Hours of Spa, Howson’s efforts to recover second place from the #38 Zytek was impeded by a puncture. After claiming its second podium finish in the World Championship, KCMG heads to France for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in second place in the LMP2 points standing.

Richard Bradley, KCMG WEC Driver: “It was a great weekend at Spa and truly an amazing feeling to claim KCMG’s first WEC pole in very difficult conditions. We showed that we are tough competitors by leading, before a flying piece of bodywork struck the car and caused some damage. After everything that we’ve learned at Silverstone and Spa, I can say that we are ready for our biggest challenge in Le Mans!”

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