The Silverstone Circuit-based ADR-Delta secured an emotional and well-deserved victory in the LMP2 class of the 6-Hours of Silverstone last weekend to record their first class success in a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
After six hours of fast and frantic racing around the home of the British F1 Grand Prix, ADR-Delta’s margin of victory over their main rivals in the LMP2 category, the number 44 Starworks Motorsport HPD-Honda, was just under six seconds.
The ADR-Delta Oreca 03-Nissan started the race from 10th position overall, third in class, with John Martin at the wheel.
The Australian drove a mighty triple stint to move the number 25 car into the lead of the class, before handing over to Tor Graves.
Graves maintained the car’s advantage at the head of the pack with an impressive performance before leaving Jan Charouz the job of bringing the car home to the chequered flag.
During the final half hour of the race the margin between Charouz and the Speedworks HPD-Honda, driven by former Peugeot driver, Stephane Sarrazin, began to close but Charouz, making his second appearance for ADR-Delta, kept his nerve to drive the team to victory in their home race.
Alan Docking, Team Principal of ADR-Delta, said afterwards: “We came to this race on the back of three solid performances at Sebring, Spa and Le Mans.
“We knew we had a good package for this race at our home track and were determined to work hard and score the result we all knew was possible.
“Everything went very well today and I am very proud of all the team. We now look forward to challenging for more victories in the championship.”
John Martin, the team’s Australian driver, who lives in Silverstone, shouldered the majority of the work in the car.
He said: “It is great to win in this our local race. I only just live across the road so Silverstone is like a second home to me!
“We have shown good pace all year so it is great to finally win one of these.
“We had a good strategy and just stuck to it all day, it is very pleasing especially after Le Mans. I had a good start and managed to gain a reasonable lead with a car that was good all day.”
Tor Graves drove the middle stints at the wheel of the team’s French manufactured Oreca 03-Nissan, saying: “I felt I was struggling during the opening two days of the meeting and I must admit I didn’t feel totally confident going into the race.
“However, once I was on-track today I started pushing and the car felt really good.
“It is a great feeling to stand on the top step of the podium here at Silverstone in a round of the FIA World Endurance Championship and I am really looking forward to the races ahead.”
It was left to Charouz, a former Le Mans Series champion, to bring the car home at the end of the race.
He added: “The team did a great job today and I pushed as hard as I could towards the end of the race to maintain our lead advantage at a time when the car was probably not at its best.
“This was a great weekend for ADR-Delta and to win at Silverstone is a very good feeling.”
Summing up the thoughts for the ADR-Delta team, their Team Manager, Simon Dowson, added: “We are very pleased to win our home race. It is a special feeling.
“We are aiming for the championship and hope for more of the same in the flyaway races.”