JMW Motorsport: Gallant Fight Back Not Enough At Nurburgring JMW Motorsport take 9th Place But The Title Fight Lives On JMW Motorsport had a tough weekend at the fourth round of the Le Mans Series, held at Nurburgring. Fresh from their maiden...
JMW Motorsport: Gallant Fight Back Not Enough At Nurburgring
JMW Motorsport take 9th Place But The Title Fight Lives On
JMW Motorsport had a tough weekend at the fourth round of the Le Mans Series, held at Nurburgring. Fresh from their maiden victory at Portimao in the third round, JMW Motorsport qualified fourth on the grid which saw just 0.5 seconds cover the top 4.
Gianmaria Bruni started the race and the pace of the JMW, Dunlop shod Ferrari was evident from the outset. Within just a few laps, Bruni took the lead and set about pulling out an impressive gap. A smooth driver change saw Robert Bell take the wheel and further add to the team's enviable lead, measuring over 50 seconds at one point. With no full course yellows, the #92 JMW Ferrari was looking dominant when disaster struck.
On track Bell was seen to be cruising but was able to nurse the car back to the pits where a broken driveshaft was seen to be the problem. In a display of teamwork and ability which left the commentators and onlookers speechless, the team completed fitting a new driveshaft in just 13 minutes! Bruni returned to the driving seat and the car rejoined 12th in class and four laps down from the first of the points placings.
What followed was nothing short of a heroic display by Bruni and Bell, whose lap times constantly remained sub 2 minutes for the remaining 4 hours of the race, though all appreciated to reach any vital points would mean attrition for those ahead. The team raised the car from 12th to 9th by the chequered flag, setting the race's fastest lap with an impressive 1m58.080.
The team were, unsurprisingly, somewhat despondent in the initial moments after the race as Team Manager, Tim Sugden summed up "It is a bitter blow not to score points today not least because the determination and teamwork was second to none in today's race.
"The driveshaft change was nothing sort of awesome and that spirit was taken back on track by Rob and Gimmi whose lap times for the remainder of the race were stunning. Now we dust ourselves down, remind ourselves the Championship title fight remains alive and we head to the final round, our home round, at Silverstone firing on all cylinders!"
So still in the running for the Championship win, JMW head to their home race, and final round of the 2009 Le Mans Series, at Silverstone on 11-13 September 2009.