RICHARD BRADLEY TRIUMPHS IN DRAMATIC WEC FINALE AT INTERLAGOS

18 Dec

Richard Bradley and KCMG brought down the curtain on FIA World Endurance Championship’s 2014 season with another commanding LMP2 victory in Sao Paulo on Sunday. The Hong Kong-based squad, represented by Richard Bradley, Matt Howson and Alexandre Imperatori, scored their third world championship win with a significant lead after a sensational six-hour round at Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace.

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KCMG had a momentous maiden outing on Brazil’s legendary circuit despite several hurdles, which the team conquered with confidence throughout the weekend. The two 90-minute free practice runs on Friday saw the #47 Oreca 03R – Nissan shod with Dunlop tyres complete both sessions in third place. Unfortunately, the team missed valuable running time during Saturday’s final practice due to a technical glitch. But true to form, the crew resolved the issue in time for the qualifying session that afternoon. Imperatori and Bradley posted a four-lap average of 1’24.843, securing the blue and white #47 LMP2 a front row start for WEC’s final race of the season.

The 6 Hours of Sao Paulo’s thrilling start witnessed Alexandre Imperatori take the lead from G-Drive Racing’s Olivier Pla. He then went on to establish a comfortable gap over the rest of the field as he completed his first stint. As the race entered its second hour, an accident involving the #26 Ligier prompted a full course yellow flag for several laps but Imperatori held on to the lead and completed 70 laps before handing the car over to his British teammate Matt Howson.

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The race was halfway through the second hour when the #47 Oreca went off track. Fortunately, Howson immediately recovered and rejoined the field in the lead. After several laps, the British driver slipped to second position after hitting the Armco barrier at the same turn, resulting to an unplanned pit stop. With 56 laps completed, Howson passed the car to his British compatriot in second place with two hours and forty minutes remaining on the clock.

Richard Bradley’s hunt for Anton Ladygin’s #37 Oreca ensued and ultimately grabbed the lead when the latter’s race came to a premature end due to a technical failure. The British driver then completed an outstanding double stint and handed back the #47 Oreca to Imperatori, with an overwhelming advantage ahead SMP Racing’s #27 LMP2. As WEC’s concluding laps got underway behind the safety car, Richard Bradley claimed his third victory after an impressive first full season competing in the world championship.

Richard Bradley: “Its fantastic to come to Interlagos and claim victory. What makes it more special is that we’ve scored two wins in a row. With a total of three wins, six podiums and one pole position, it’s been an excellent year so thank you to everyone in KCMG and I can’t wait for next year!”

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