Martin Plowman hopes to earn himself a long term future at McLaren after signing a last-minute deal to drive a Garage 59-run 650S with Craig Dolby in the Blancpain Sprint Cup.
The former IndyCar racer, who will reprise his partnership with Dolby from the Blancpain Endurance Series last year, tested last week at Monza and felt comfortable right away.
“To be honest I fell in love with the car and managed to get up to speed very quickly,” the 28-year-old reported. “The 650S is a real racing car, the driving style that you have to use is more like a single-seater or an LMP2 prototype car, so it really felt like home straightaway and definitely suits my driving style more. With the Nissan there were a lot of quirks and things that you had to do to make it work whereas the McLaren is a bit more of a natural racing car.”
Much like Dolby, Plowman had also endured an anxiety-filled off-season after a confirmed drive with UltraTek Racing in British GT fell through, but was highly relieved when the lengthy negotiations came to fruition.
“It has been a long time really, we’ve been talking all off-season trying to see what was out there as we knew that the JRM car wasn’t going to be back this year, so we just put our names out to as many people as we could to let people know we were available,” he said. “It was a bitter blow with UktraTek because the whole team was ready and we were about a week away from announcing it, so it’s actually proved to be my saving grace!”
With 40 GT3 cars entered for Misano, Plowman is expecting a tough fight, but despite the late nature of the deal is optimistic that he can make a strong impression.
“It’s an incredible entry, it’s definitely going to keep us busy,” he said. “If we can have some good results this year and show what we can do then hopefully I can prove to McLaren that I deserve to stick around.
“Who knows down the road whether there will be opportunities for me to fill in for other races or other championships with them, so for now I’ll be focusing on the Sprint Cup and then see where we go from there.”