Martin Plowman produced a solid performance in his first ever F3 Masters race at Zolder to finish 14th in the non-championship race between the cream of Europe's F3 racers.
With Plowman's Formula 3 Euroseries team RC Motorsport electing not to take part, the 20-year-old instead raced with sister Volkswagen-powered team Signature Plus for the first time.
He had first outing in the Signature Plus car during practice on Friday morning, which was also his first time at Zolder in a Formula 3 car. By the second session, Plowman had consistently improved to set an impressive tenth fastest time in wet conditions.
A dry day on Saturday, however, meant that Plowman experienced his first outing on a dry set-up in the qualifying sessions and he secured 35th on the grid – ahead of regular Signature driver Franck Mailleux.
With track conditions wet, Plowman made a good start to the race and was soon making up places and as the circuit dried it, he had climbed into the top 20.
Improving his lap-times throughout, Plowman moved up into the top 15 and in the final stages was able to secure 14th place with a late move on Euroseries points leader Edoardo Mortara.
“I can hold my head up high after my first Masters of F3 race,” he said. “To experience a steep learning curve in a car I've never driven before and finish 14th has given me a confidence boost.
“Like many others, I had a tricky qualifying session while also trying to learn the Signature Plus car in dry conditions. I got a good start and from there just kept pushing and, as the track dried, I was able to post lap times comparable with the leaders.
“The way things were going, if I had three more laps to play with, I am confident that I could have finished in the top ten.”