Alex Brundle joins OAK Racing for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo

Round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo (September 15), will see Alex Brundle make his maiden appearance at the wheel of OAK Racing’s #35 Morgan 2012 LMP2 Nissan.

The Briton will be the silver grade driver on the three-man crew which also includes team regulars Bertrand Baguette and Dominik Kraihamer. French trio Matthieu Lahaye, Olivier Pla and Jacques Nicolet continue their partnership aboard the sister #24 car in Brazil, where both line-ups share a common goal: the podium.

Brundle is a promising young talent whose achievements last year earned him a place on the British Racing Drivers’ Club’s prestigious SuperStar programme. An experienced single-seater competitor who has earned podiums and pole positions in Formula 2, Formula 3 and GP3, the 22-year-old has recently dovetailed his open-wheel exploits with a successful campaign in prototype racing. This year will see him complete the full European Le Mans Series in the top-tier LMP2 class having already contested two WEC events, the Le Mans 24 Hours and last month’s 6 Hours of Silverstone.

Sébastien Philippe, OAK Racing Team Principal: “OAK Racing is very pleased to welcome Alex Brundle as the new addition to our #35 LMP2 crew for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo. He is a fast, talented young competitor and, alongside Bertrand Baguette and Dominik Kraihamer, he forms part of a crew from whom we can expect a good result in Brazil. For the #24, we will give our all in pursuit of a podium at Interlagos having so narrowly missed out at Silverstone.

“The trip to Brazil is a first for us and I hope that the few hours of free practice will be sufficient to prepare the two cars and for the drivers to learn the circuit. Fortunately, Interlagos is not very long and the layout, particularly its tight corners, should be well suited to our cars. The Morgan 2012 LMP2s are generally comfortable with this type of track and we also benefit from good exit speed and excellent torque from our Nissan engines. These assets should play into our hands come the race.”

Alex Brundle, #35 Morgan 2012 LMP2 driver: “I was delighted to receive the call from Sébastien Philippe of OAK Racing asking me to drive at the Brazilian round of the World Endurance Championship in Sao Paulo. The OAK cars have been fierce challengers in both the ELMS and WEC and my team-mates are very strong, so I am confident we will have a good package. I am looking forward to using this opportunity to continue to carve out a career in sports car racing and I would like to extend my thanks to OAK Racing for offering me the chance to do so.”

OAK Racing and Onroak Automotive, the department that designs and builds the teams prototypes, will also be present in a more unusual setting during the Brazilian event: Sao Paulo’s prestigious JK Iguatemi shopping centre. The team’s Morgan 2012 LMP2 and endurance racing photos shot by DPPI will be displayed at the exhibition, which has been organised with the support of the WEC and is already proving a great success.

3 Comments on Alex Brundle joins OAK Racing for the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo

  1. Actually for me, its surprising that Brundle race in both single-seater and sportscar racing. Both are very different type are car.
    Brundle is race in F2 last year. And know he race in GP3. So its quite unexpected that he race in WEC this year. But he’s doing great in Le Mans and Silverstone round.

  2. Is there that big of a difference between the open wheel cars and an open cockpit LMP2 car? It would seem to big a much big gap getting into a GT car, but there are plenty of guys that go the open wheel to LMP route. I guess the one difference is that Alex isn’t waiting until he is completely out of options in open wheel, but a driver having that attitude can only be good for the sport.

  3. @Algi and GTurner:
    I also think Alex Brundle is making a good choice; probably the advice comes from his father, also former Formula One AND Le Mans (Jaguar) driver. The pure speed of an LMP2 and a GP3 is not so much different, although of course an open wheeler is much more sensitive to steering input than a heavier LMP. The results of Alex in F2 and GP3 are not so promising for a Formula One career, thus it is a good decision to keep the door to prototype and GT racing open.

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