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JRM aims for Le Mans with HPD deal

5 January 2012

Having clinched the FIA GT1 World Championship last season, JRM Racing has announced plans to enter the new FIA World Endurance Championship in 2011.

The team will run an LMP1 class Honda Performance Development ARX-03a in the new series, which will include the Le Mans 24 Hours during the summer as well as the Sebring 12 Hours in March.

The team plans to run three drivers in the car and is hopeful of naming the trio by mid-January, although the two drivers who took the GT1 title in the team's Nissan GT-R last year – Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr – are both already contracted elsewhere.

“After achieving success at the highest level of GT racing, we are now looking for a fresh challenge and we see competition in Endurance eventsas the next step for the team,” JRM Group executive director James Rumsey said. “We have chosen the Honda as it's a well-developed package and currently the most competitive of the petrol-engined LMP1 cars.

“Having Le Mans included in the calendar is a significant factor for us. It has always represented the pinnacle of motorsport achievement andtherefore, it's been a goal of ours to compete since the company started racing two years ago. We therefore hope that our entry will be accepted this year.”

As well as the new HPD programme, JRM will also continue its relationship with Nissan and NISMO through ongoing development of the GT3 GT-R. which made its debut on-track last season.

JRM become the second British team to announce a WEC entry with the HPD machine alongside Strakka Racing.


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