Peter Dumbreck heads into tomorrow’s Blancpain Endurance Series opener at Monza back inside the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 for JRM Racing.
The Scot, who helped develop the GT3 car in 2011, raced for JRM last year in the FIA World Endurance Championship. He’s sharing the pro car with Lucas Luhr and Steven Kane. More than 60 other cars will be racing.
He told Racing.GT: “This is the strongest GT3 championship in the world. With so many strong teams and drivers it’s become very important for any GT3 manufacturer to be there. As a driver I want compete against the best drivers so I was very excited when I heard JRM would enter.
“I’m under no illusion that we can come straight into the championship and start winning but I think we have a great base car and with hard work over the next couple of months it can be a winner. Let’s not forget that all the other top manufacturers have been in GT3 longer and have updated winning cars to 2013 spec, it’s going to be a tough fight.”
The GT3 GT-R Nismo ran reliably at the British GT opener at Oulton Park over Easter, just missing out on the points. This weekend the fortunes are looking positive as Monza plays to the strengths of the car. Welcome news for a team which won the FIA GT1 World Championship title three years ago.
“Monza is obviously a power track, with its wide open straights and long periods of time at full throttle. We know that this is one of the strengths of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 from our experience of the car in testing, and also the GT1 car, from which the GT3 is derived,” says Team Manager and Chief Engineer, Nigel Stepney.
“The car works very well on the long straights where it gets to stretch its legs. Therefore we are hoping for a good start and to be on the pace and in the points with both cars from the start of the season.”
Free practice for Bronze-rated drivers has put the team 8th in the standings, some eight-tenths off the pace of the MRS McLaren MP4 12C. Ferraris are running very strongly, so too the Porsches. The Beechdean Racing Aston Martin Vantage is 12th in practice, just under nine-tenths off the leading pace.
Later today there will be two further one and a half hour practice sessions. The one-hour Qualifying takes place tomorrow morning, with the quickest lap time of each car deciding the grid for the later three-hour race.
You can watch the race live online on the Blancpain Endurance Series site, at http://www.blancpain-endurance-series.com/pages/live. Coverage starts at 12.15 GMT.
Additional quotes from JRM Racing’s media team.