Free practice and qualifying took place over Friday and Saturday in differing weather conditions with the YART team eventually securing a third place for the start of the six-hour endurance race.
“I have been to very few tests or races this year without encountering either snow or rain and Albacete has been no different. Every session here has been run in differing conditions, no real heavy rain through qualifying, it’s just been damp and slippery all the time,” said Plater.
As the race got underway it was Steve Plater that ran across pit lane for the Le Mans start. The weather had taken a turn for the worse and the rain was coming down in torrents but Plater got his head down and after four laps he was leading the field. He held the lead throughout his one and a half hour stint before handing over to Steve Martin. Both he and German suffered crashes during their time on the bike but the team was able to maintain fourth position at the changeover with Plater taking over the reins for the last 80 minutes to bring the bike home safely in fourth place.
“The rain teemed down throughout the whole six hours,” said Plater. “We also had the pace car out for a while because of oil on the track and that coupled with the rain did spoil things for all of us. I won here last year and I was hoping to repeat that this time, but it just didn’t work out for us. But under the circumstances I am happy enough with fourth place and we have at least got a foot on the ladder regarding championship points.”
Plater now heads to Ireland with AIM Yamaha to contest the annual North West 200 races where he has won the Superbike race on three previous occasions. Practice is run on Tuesday and Thursday prior to racing on Saturday. Plater will contest the Superbike race and the high profile North West 200 Superbike race on the Yamaha R1 plus the Supersport race on the Yamaha R6.