Rob Bell says he is confident the JMW Motorsport team will be able to challenge for honours in the GT2 class of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
Bell will form an all-British line-up in the team's Ferrari 430, with Tim Sugden and Andrew Kirkaldy also on driving duties.
Bell will be keen to make amends for the disappointment he endured twelve months ago, when his Virgo Motorsport entered Ferrari was forced out of second place in the closing hours, and he admitted that a podium – at least – had to be the aim this time around.
“I'm really aiming for a podium this year,” he said. “We suffered a retirement during last year's race, whilst running in a competitive position, so this year I will be out to finish the full race distance. We know we are up against it with the Porsches though. They have the straight line speed advantage over us. However last year the top two Porsches crashed into each other and the GT2 category was dominated by the Ferrari's, so we know anything can happen at Le Mans.
“The car has had some updates over the winter. The new rule changes are the biggest change for us. The ACO have implemented changes to slow down the GT2 category because we were heading under the four minute a lap mark. These changes hurt us more than the Porsches, in effect we have been penalised twice as much as them in terms of our aero efficiency. However we can still look at the data from last year and have a rough idea of what to expect and we are going into the race relatively confidently.”