MARTIN PLOWMAN & STRICTLY COME DANCING CHAMPION KELVIN FLETCHER JOIN JRM RACING FOR BRITISH GT 2020
Daventry-based team returns with their second-generation Bentley Continental GT3
British GT4 Champions Fletcher and Plowman graduate to GT3
Deal announced live on BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen Live followed by an on-stage appearance at Autosport International
JRM Racing will return to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship in 2020 with their Bentley Continental GT3 after signing GT4 Champions Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman.
JRM, who secured the first win for Bentley in their new second-generation Continental GT3 at the opening round of British GT in 2019, is heading back for more after securing the plum driver pairing. Fletcher and Plowman will begin preparations for their debut season in GT3 alongside their new team. JRM, previously World Champions racing with Nissan, are fierce competitors across the board with titles, wins and podiums chalked up in GT, LMP1, Rally as well as Rallycross.
Managing Director for JRM Jason King says: “To be heading back to the championship with this high-profile driver pairing, straight off the back of Kelvin’s Strictly win, is great for the team. We’ve worked with Martin previously in 2015 and knew that his talent behind the wheel would be a real asset to us so we were keen to get him on board. Martin’s partnership with Kelvin is something most teams dream of – they work well together and their GT4 title is testament to that. Kelvin’s lap times in testing the Bentley were impressive and his work ethic is second to none, as the public will have seen over the last few months, proving he’s more than ready to take on GT3.”
Paul Williams, Director of Motorsport for Bentley says “We’ve been impressed with JRM since the start of our relationship a year ago. They have a very professional set-up and are a talented team of people who took their first race win with the Continental GT3 in their debut event with Bentley. Having world-class teams represent us in our national GT championship is very important to us and I’m sure JRM will continue to put on an exciting show for the home fans in British GT. They have a strong driver line-up in Martin [Plowman] and Kelvin [Fletcher] and we’re confident they will be battling for podiums throughout the season."
Martin Plowman, JRM Driver says: “Joining JRM was an easy decision for us – we share the same ambitions for the season and the future too; their strategy and determination mirrored ours. Being able to race their Bentley is a dream come true for me; my favourite car of all time is the 1920s Bentley Blower. I’ve been an admirer of Bentley’s rich heritage and influence in automotive, as well as motorsport, for as long as I can remember so I’m very proud to be playing a small part in their racing history.”
Kelvin Fletcher, JRM Driver says: “Announcing my partnership with Martin won’t be a surprise to anyone – he’s one of the quickest drivers out there, a class act behind the wheel and a great friend. After three years of racing with him and developing that relationship, I wouldn’t be racing with anyone else. JRM’s stature within motorsport as world-championship winners in GT racing is something we’re really going to benefit from – their engineering expertise and how they use data to approach their car, season and races is unparalleled so I’m looking forward to using that to develop my driving as we go into the next class. To be able to couple that with the best-sounding and best-looking car on the grid in the Bentley Continental GT3 is a win for us – Bentley has proven themselves not only to be a leader in luxury cars but also in motorsport too with this incredible race car.
“Imagine Cruising are on aboard with us again this year – their ethos is all about offering something different in their 5-star cruises to create an unforgettable experience that people really feel and that’s exactly what we want to give everyone that engages with us through the British GT Championship and our race team – joining up with them is the perfect partnership.”
Robin Deller, CEO Imagine Cruising Group, “Imagine Cruising has championed Martin and Kelvin’s talent and incredible work ethic on the track over the last year and it’s a pleasure to cement our partnership in 2020. I’ve every confidence there are more big moments ahead for this brilliant duo.”
Fletcher, revealing plans for the season on Saturday Kitchen Live, joins his teammate Plowman on stage on Saturday 11th December at 14.30 at Autosport International - NEC, Birmingham for an in-depth interview discussing their signing to JRM and taking on the British GT Championship as GT3 drivers.