Briton Martin Plowman described his debut at the Le Mans 24 Hours as "a dream" after claiming victory in the LMP2 class with OAK Racing..
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 sports car debut last year after a junior open-wheelcareer 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 win 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."