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JRM Racing confirms plans to enter 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans

470-jrm-shanghaipreviewJRM Racing today confirmed its intention to enter the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans for the second consecutive year. After finishing its debut Le Mans campaign in sixth overall, the East Sussex-based squad plans to enter one Honda HPD ARX-03a to the blue riband event that will take place on 22-23 June 2013.

JRM will focus its efforts on securing budget to improve on its 2012 Le Mans result and does not currently plan to enter the entire 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. The company will instead concentrate on Le Mans and also broaden its core business interests of high performance engineering solutions for several clients, including Nismo, and customer sales of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, which is eligible for competition in national and international GT championships.

James Rumsey, chief executive of JRM Group, commented, ‘Le Mans 24 Hours is the highlight of the endurance calendar and brings greater opportunities for brand visibility than any other event. In our first-ever Le Mans we finished in sixth overall, with very little running beforehand, and we are extremely excited about what we can do in our second year. We remain open to competing in events of the World Endurance Championship or other sportscar series, and we have a number of options we are pursuing, but for the moment our goal is to work on securing the long-term partnerships required to enable us to compete and succeed in the world’s most famous motor race.

‘Additionally, we will take our experience and successes from last season, and plug it straight into our customer support programme for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. This will be of enormous benefit to our clients and partner teams, and we look forward to this latest stage of the JRM Group.’

JRM Racing contested the 2012 WEC, finishing in third overall in the Privateers’ championship with four podiums.

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  1. Sad news. JRM, Rebellion, etc are exactly the teams the fans want to see enter every round of the WEC. Sure we love to watch Audi and Toyota, and its great that JRM are doing Le Mans, but the series needs these top level privateer teams to be regular entrants.

    In the enduring economic climate the privateer teams must be under exceptional financial pressure and scrutinising every financial decision harshly. Perhaps the organisers could do more ? In the 60’s ‘appearance money’ was a big draw for the privateers.

    Posted by XJ8 | January 17, 2013, 20:34
  2. The organizers are on their knees to please the two factory teams and all the rest are just grid fillers, not valued customers / important part of the championship. Therefore, it’s no surprise that these fairly big privateers are making other plans. It’s a shame, really, because the FIA WEC might’ve been a great championship if it was managed correctly.

    Posted by Greg | January 18, 2013, 22:56
  3. The privateer prototype misery continues.

    I was sadly surprised by the P2 car count to be expected for ALMS ’13 (in case you haven’t heard: it’s 0.)

    Of course the WEC car counts will continue to drop.

    You can’t have a racing series for the manufacturers here. They just have too much money. If the manufacturers wanna burn money, go have them go to F1.

    XJ8: “Sure we love to watch Audi and Toyota, (…)” nah, “we” don’t love to watch them so much. Awesome machines, but they’re (they as in them, the manufacturers) the reason le mans is going south, endurance racing is becoming more of a money burner etc. I “love” to watch privateer run prototypes on track, battling it out.

    Posted by Martin | January 18, 2013, 23:50
  4. you could always ban manufacturer efforts from LM24 itself, but still give double points for it! :D

    Posted by Martin | January 18, 2013, 23:52
  5. Actually, I don’t mind the factories, not at all. But, instead of ignoring them, the series should be smart enough to give credit to the privateers and also all the other classes to keep everyone happy.

    Posted by Greg | January 19, 2013, 7:46
  6. Looks as if WEC 2013 will see only 5 cars in LMP1: 2 Audi, 1 Toyota, 1 Rebellion-Lola, 1 Strakka-Honda. As it can be expected that the LMP1 class remains so unattractive for private teams also with the new regulations in 2014, the ACO urgently has to think about alternatives how either to make LMP1 more attractive for privateers or to enhance LMP2 as the “privateer class” with an own world championship title.
    Maybe I have to re-consider my plans about visiting Spa in May…

    Posted by kw | January 19, 2013, 13:26
  7. Martin banning manufacturers from fielding entries at Le Mans would kill the 24 Hours of Le Mans because it is the best development ground in the world for automobile manufacturers! Why do you think Audi has been there for so long, they invest in developing road car technology in their LMP1 race cars. Also kw, the WEC already has an LMP2 World title for both drivers and teams.

    Posted by Michael Almaguer | January 20, 2013, 21:27
  8. such a sad state of affairs!! i think all teams need a budget cap (privateers and manufacterers), this is just gone out of control with Toyota now dumping all their money and resources into this. Also doesnt WEC employ perfomance equalisation measures?? similar to ALMS? if so they need to equalise the performance of ALL P1 prototypes so that there is an incentive for the privateers to win and not just look like grid fillers

    Posted by Dani | January 21, 2013, 3:59
  9. Yes, exactly. Audi is taking part in a rolling lab and marketing series. The privateers are there to race. That’s why there’s a privateer ranking in the WEC, isn’t it. Audi and Toyota appear as if the privateers are the necessary background noise before which the prime actors, i.e., themselves, can appear on the global (marketing) stage. In my opinion, Toyota and Audi are the thorn in the side of the sport. Manufacturers have different goals than private racing teams, and a different order of magnitude of potential funding, if their board agrees to spend the money for the marketing. That obviously bears some good things, too. But the other obvious thing it does, is raise the (financial) bar for competitors… for no good reason.

    It’s very similar to F1 after all. Look at Peugeot..

    Posted by Martin | January 21, 2013, 6:29
  10. Note to JRM, the ALMS will gladly accept you joining its ranks.

    Not to mention Full web coverage, and archiving of all races, available to the world audience, and Live broadcast of 2-3 races.

    You will have a bigger audience, more visibility, and of course, a chance at the overall winner’s glory that you crave.

    Sure it might cost almost as much as entering the WEC, but it offers more perks. Zytek, Lola, and Oreca, and Oak, all have very good customer businesses because of the visibility they got by entering ALMS races.

    Those who didn’t (Pescarlo) went under.

    Posted by Bamba | January 22, 2013, 16:43
  11. You only have to take a look to notice that even the RS Spyder and the Acura ARX debuted in the ALMS before being introduced in Europe.

    Case in point, JRM bought their P1 Honda because they saw how close it was to diesels at Sebring.

    Even Audi makes it a point to be at Sebring, because of the visiblity it offers.

    James Rumsey should think about entering a few ALMS races, or the whole season like rebellion

    Posted by Bamba | January 22, 2013, 16:48

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