JRM Racing finished a positive day of practice for the Six Hours of Shanghai, the eighth and final round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The trio of drivers, David Brabham, Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck, completed a productive first day at the Shanghai International Circuit, gathering plenty of data and finishing second quickest in the Privateers' championship.
The first session of the day started with Karun in the car, the only of the three drivers to have driven here before. The track was dirty and very slippery initially, with the drivers setting quicker lap times as the conditions improved throughout the session.
The #22 completed 33 laps in total, with Karun at the wheel of the car for the first 17 laps, setting the team’s quickest time of the morning, a 1:53.669.
Peter completed nine laps before handing over to David who added the final seven laps of the morning to the team's tally. Despite this being their first time driving the Chinese circuit, both got to grips quickly with the track.
In the afternoon only David and Peter drove the #22 during the second practice session of the day to maximize their track time, completing a total of 29 laps.
They were able to continue learning the track while going through the programme and working on the set-up of the car for the race ahead. David set the fastest lap of the day, a 1:53.563, ending second fastest in the Privateers' class again.
Karun Chandhok: "The track was very green this morning but it was good to be the first out and get a feel. The circuit here evolves a lot - I know this from when I was here last time driving in Formula 1 in 2010.
The car seems to be working well and we will see how the weekend goes, but we're looking reasonable. In the afternoon the Rebellion seemed very quick, but we were focusing on the race and on gathering as much data as possible.
I think it will be pretty close between everybody, but ideally we need another 10 degrees of track temperature. So it might be a little bit difficult this weekend but our start has been okay."
David Brabham: "It’s my first time here so during the morning session I only did a few laps to learn the circuit. It wasn't too difficult to learn, but the track is quite tricky in terms of its grip level.
It’s quite low in many areas, so balancing the car and getting more grip out of it is the big challenge. We did some changes and we've got some directions, ready for tomorrow.
We're looking good even though at the moment we are not thinking about the overall lap times. We are just concentrating on gathering data for the race."
Peter Dumbreck: "I enjoyed driving here for the first time today. I like this track and it certainly tests the limits of the car.
I've done three runs now round here and I am gradually finding the small things that make the difference, where the tenths are and trying to get consistency.
I feel good and I look forward to the weekend ahead."
Nigel Stepney, team manager and chief engineer: "A good day today. We were able to complete the programme and do everything we wanted to do. We have some interesting data and I think we look pretty good for the race.
The three drivers did a good job going through their programmes and learned the track. Our pace was good and even better taking into account that the other teams used new tyres and we didn't. So overall I am very pleased."
Source: JRM Racing