Martin Plowman hails dream Le Mans 24 Hours debut

Briton Martin Plowman hailed a "dream" Le Mans 24 Hours debut after claiming victory in the LMP2 class with OAK Racing

Martin Plowman hails dream Le Mans 24 Hours debut

Plowman - alongside Bertrand Baguette and Ricardo Gonzalez in the #35 Morgan-Nissan - triumphed in a race-long battle with the sister #24 car, which had started on pole.

The 25-year-old only made his sportscar debut last year after a junior single-seater career spent mostly in Formula 3 and Indy Lights.

"It's just incredible," said Plowman, who also has three IndyCar appearances to his name. "Le Mans is just a dream; this is the pinnacle of racing for me.

"I'm just speechless, I can't put it into words."

Baguette, who took the flag, had a minor scare when Ludovic Badey aquaplaned in the #46 Thiriet-TDS ORECA-Nissan and crashed right in front of him in the penultimate hour.

But they ultimately secured a comfortable class victory, finishing almost four minutes clear of the Olivier Pla/David Heinemeier Hansson/Alex Brundle car after the Badey-induced safety car period went in their favour.

Baguette added his delight at joining an illustrious list of Belgians to have triumphed at Le Mans, including five-time winner Jacky Ickx.

"It's a great result," he said. "From the start to finish, we did the job. For me to win here is fantastic.

"There are a lot of Belgians who have made their mark here so to talk in their footsteps, I am very proud of that."

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