JRM Racing was back on track at the Fuji Speedway in Japan for the second time this week as the opening practice sessions for this weekend’s Six Hours of Fuji got underway.
After collecting significant amounts of data and undertaking circuit familiarization work in Wednesday's Collective Test, in which it finished as the quickest privateer LMP1 outfit by a margin of over two seconds, the team was able to concentrate on race set-up in the two 90 minute practice sessions today.
In the first session the #22 completed a total of 33 laps, with all three drivers getting in the car.
David Brabham completed the first 15 laps of the day and set the fastest lap of the session, a 1:31.700, before handing over to Karun and then Peter.
Peter was the first to drive car #22 in the afternoon session before David took over. Karun then completed the day's running, setting the quickest time of the 90 minute session, a 1:31.319, also improving the team’s benchmark time from the morning session. A further 36 laps were added to the team's tally.
Karun Chandhok: "I’ve really enjoyed my first laps at Fuji. I’ve never raced here before so having the test on Wednesday was a big advantage as I could learn the track before we got into the race preparation today.
It’s a great circuit, with some quick flowing corners, particularly turn three, the kink, which puts you under a lot of pressure in the car. Today was a reasonably good day.
We did all the programme we wanted to, concentrating on fuel consumption and tyre wear to give us an idea of where we are. It looks a close battle between all the privateer teams, as usual.
It doesn't seem too bad regarding traffic here: you get cars and they do get in the way and for the qualifying session it could be bad, but for the race it will be better than some other places.
David Brabham: Fuji is a pretty good track, quite technical, particularly in the last sector. The test was an opportunity to try out the lines and a few different things so we could continue with our race simulation today to get as much information as we could for the race.
We're not really thinking about quick laps at the moment, we just want to get plenty of tyre data, which is always very useful. We've got a good idea of what we need to do tomorrow in terms of set-up. We still have to go through all the data, but so far, so good.
Peter Dumbreck: "It’s great to be back at a track that feels like a second home for me as I lived not far from here and I know this circuit very well. We've been working on the race set-up today, as well as testing the limits of the tyres.
I think we've made a positive step with the car, it was very consistent to drive and I was quite happy. Tomorrow we need to push for a fast time in qualifying, but today was all about race set-up.
Nigel Stepney, team manager and chief engineer: "We did what we went out to do, which was work on the set-up for the race. We are reasonably happy with our pace and the general car balance, so in that respect we think we look in reasonable shape.
The Michelin tyres look very good, they are performing very well and we're experiencing only a very small drop-off."
Source: JRM Racing