A PHENOMENAL BATTLE BY JRM RACING CLOSES THEIR BRITISH GT CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON
Parfitt Jnr in early incident resulting in a fight for position from the back for the remainder of the 2hr race
JRM come back from to finish P7 at the Donington British GT Championship finale
Car continues to show good pace despite season-long contact incidents taking podium positions from the team
JRM Racing finish P7 in the British GT Championship finale at Donington Park. This looked like an almost impossible task after contact 5 minutes in to the two-hour race resulted in an off, followed by a struggle to restart to get back on track. Experienced JRM AM, Rick Parfitt Jnr, kept his cool to get back in to the race and delivered an impressive performance to get out of the GT4 pack through to 11th before handing the car over to Pro, Seb Morris.
This reflects a season-long run of bad luck faced by the Daventry-based team that followed an incredible opening-season win at Oulton Park in April. With a spin in the second race of the day, the high-performing car left the circuit on a bad note. Following that, the team were on for at least a P2 finish at Snetterton but a manoeuvre
by a GT4 car on the final lap of the race caused contact and resulted in significant damage to JRM’s Bentley; it limped across the line to finish 12th. A DQ took away the team’s P3 podium at Silverstone and more spins and contact followed the unlucky streak through the rest of the season.
Seb Morris – JRM Pro Driver says “I really enjoyed the race; the car was brilliant in terms of the set-up and handling – the JRM guys did an amazing job. Unfortunately, we were nowhere with the BOP again, so I’m surprised how well we did. Every car just pulled away from us on the straights, so I had to make some proper moves on the brakes and get my elbows out a bit.
“Bentley has built a great car, JRM has done a fantastic job with the preparation and set-up and we just need some fairness with the BOP. I can’t understand why it’s been how it has, we don’t even need much to be in the fight. When you do your best with a great handling car and end qualifying over a second off pole it is disheartening, but we’ve just got on with the job. Our car on Sunday was one of the best cars I’ve ever had the pleasure to drive and Rick drove the best he has all season, he was the closest to me in qualifying he’s ever been”, added Morris, “JRM put together a brand new team for this year and they’ve done a superb job, I’m looking forward to hopefully being back with them next year.”
Jason King, JRM Managing Director says “It’s been a run of bad luck round-to-round. We’ve had a reliable car from Bentley; it’s finished every race. The JRM team have done an incredible job with set-up too because it’s race pace has been on the nose, they’ve held fastest lap numerous times through the season – I’ve been impressed with its performance from start to finish and I wish for our team and drivers that they’d got the results they all deserved for the performance they put in. The spins and contact incidents throughout have taken away the podiums but the team ends JRM Racing’s first season with the Bentley with their heads held high because what they produced with a brand new, unfamiliar car that they got at the last minute just before the season began, we’re all proud of the team here at JRM.”
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