Manama, Bahrain – 25 November 2013 – Ricardo Gonzalez will look to make history this weekend at the 6 Hours of Bahrain, where you can become the world champion of the category LM P2 of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Gonzalez, who shares his car with Bertrand Baguette Oak Racing and Martin Plowman, can become the first Mexican to win a world championship in tennis FIA.
It has been a memorable year for Gonzalez and Oak Racing team. In June EXCEL # 35 car took the victory in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, making Gonzalez in just the second Mexican to reach this milestone after Pedro Rodriguez did in 1968. In the rest of the successful season coequiperos the Morgan-Nissan # 35 have achieved another victory and pole position in Japan and podiums in Brazil and China. Currently the trio are the leaders in the drivers’ and teams with 129.5 units. His main rivals this weekend will be his teammates auto Oak # 24 who are 15 points behind in the drivers’ championship table.
The closure of the WEC season will take place this Saturday at the Sakhir Circuit of 5,412 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. The race will start at 3:00 pm (6:00 am Mexico time) and will be broadcast live on www.fiawec.com .
Championship Standings after Shanghai:
LM P2 Drivers Championship
1- B. Baguette / M. Plowman / R. González 129.5 pts
2- O. Pla / A. Brundle / D. Heinemeier 114.5 pts
3- J. Martin / M. Conway / R. Rusinov 107 pts
Teams Championship LM P2:
1 OAK Racing # 35 129.5 pts
2- OAK Racing # 24 116.5 pts
3- Pecom Racing 109 pts
Chances to win the drivers’ championship for Gonzalez and Oak Racing.
– Finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th.
– If you end up 5th – The # 24 should have pole position, and 1st to win.
– If you finish the 6th – The # 24 must finish 1st to win.
– If you finish 7th – The # 24 must finish 1st to win.
– If you finish the 8th – The # 24 must finish 1st to win.
– If you finish the 9th – The # 24 must finish 2nd, and the # 26 1st to win.
– If you finish 10th – The # 24 must finish 2nd, and the # 26 1st to win.
– If you do not receive points – The # 24 must finish 2nd and with pole position, and the # 26 1st to win.
# 35 LMP2 EXCEL Consultants / Oak Racing / Morgan / Nissan / Dunlop
“It was a memorable year for us all, to have been able to win at Le Mans is undoubtedly the greatest achievement of my career and it was an honor for me to return the trophy to Mexico after so many years. Now we come to Bahrain in a very good position to take the championship, and we just have to keep doing the great work we’ve done in every race to crown us.
What is important in Bahrain will finish the race so obviously we will be a little more conservative than the rest of the competition, but still keep pushing to close the year with the best possible result. I am very optimistic and very excited to bring another championship to Mexico, now we will work and give everything in Saturday’s race. ”