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JRM Racing show race-winning pace at Latvia RX

2nd October 2016

JRM Racing narrowly missed out on the semi-finals at the tenth round of the FIA World Rallycross Championship at Riga in Latvia today as British driver Guy Wilks set an impressive sixth fastest time in adverse weather conditions on Sunday morning, by leading his race throughout to claim victory.

Only a delay on the start line in Q4 prevented Loco Energy Drink-supported Guy (above) from making his first semi-final of the season in the #37 car, while Guerlain Chicherit continued his World RX learning process in his first day of driving the #65 two-litre MINI RX Supercar in such extreme wet conditions.

Monster Energy Athlete Guerlain (below) ran second to Guy for much of their Q3 race but also suffered from a start line problem in Q4 and was unable to capitalise on the lessons learned in Q3. The French driver finished the event just outside the top 20, while Guy was 14th overall at the Intermediate Classification, within touching distance of the semi-finals.

Guy said: “I’ve never driven the car with the wet setup, but the team is quite confident of the baseline and we went out there and set a good time, so that is a definite positive to take from the weekend. Q3 included quite a big moment when we hit a puddle and lost the best part of a handful of seconds, but we had good pace.

"It’s very unfortunate about the delay at the start of Q4. We didn’t have the right setup for the track conditions there and that put us on the back foot. We’re still discovering things with the car and we need to build our knowledge for different conditions.

"We had an opportunity with the pace with Q3 to have a great result and it’s just a huge shame for me, my sponsors and the team that we were not able to qualify for the semi-finals when we clearly showed today that we had the performance to do that.”

Guerlain said: “I don’t have a huge amount of experience of driving a rallycross Supercar in these really wet conditions, so today has been a challenge for me to get used to the car and the setup. It was nice to cross the finish line first in Q4, even though the time was not as fast as where we want to be, but our lap times did improve in Q4 over Q3, so that is positive.

"Overall this has been a tough weekend for me, but every time I am in the car I learn something new, so hopefully we can make progress going forward. I know everybody is working really hard for that, like I am."

JRM Racing Team Principal James Rumsey said: “We were so close to making it into the semi-finals, so of course it’s disappointing for every single person in the team. We proved in Q3 that not only are we making progress, but when things go right for us we can mix it with some of the best in the world in this sport.

“Each time Guy and Guerlain went out on track this weekend we were able to collect more data and learn. The weekend has made us more determined to keep pushing ahead of the remaining events of the year and to continue with our progress.”