Rob Bell will target success in both the Le Mans Series and the FIA GT Championship in 2009 after confirming deals with two leading teams for the coming season.
Bell will return to the CR Scuderia team – now running under the name CRS Racing – in the FIA GT Championship; teaming up once again with Andrew Kirkaldy as the second year team looks to build on an impressive debut campaign.
The double GT2 champion will also return to the Le Mans Series but with a new team after car owner Jim McWhirter elected to part ways with Virgo Motorsport at the end of 2008.
The new team, which will comprise a number of people who worked on the car last season, will run under he JMW Motorsport banner, with an entry having been sought for the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“I'm really pleased to have secured two top flight drives, both with highly competitive teams,” Bell said of deals that will see him continue to campaign the Ferrari 430 GT2. “JMW Motorsport is a new and exciting entrant in the Le Mans Series, but many of the elements are familiar to me so we'll be looking to be dominating the GT2 class right from the off. However, I reckon this series will be even more competitive, so it'll be a tough challenge and one that I am relishing. CRS Racing is very professional and after a strong debut season, will, I'm sure, be challenging for race wins and the GT2 title.
“I'm aiming to take both championship titles with the two teams, but I also hope to be contesting my third Le Mans event with JMW Motorsport, who will be putting in an entry for this ultimate endurance event. Pulling off victory in this as well as taking the two championship titles would be some feat, but I'm out there to win, and I reckon it would be one for the history books!”