Interlagos: JWA GT preview

STARS FOR BRAZIL After yesterdays bitter disappointment for Lewis Hamilton, Mclaren and much of the UK, JWA head to Interlagos, Brazil for the last round of the Le mans Series. James Watt Automotive (JWA) has secured an all-star driver line-up...

STARS FOR BRAZIL

After yesterdays bitter disappointment for Lewis Hamilton, Mclaren and much of the UK, JWA head to Interlagos, Brazil for the last round of the Le mans Series.

James Watt Automotive (JWA) has secured an all-star driver line-up for the final round of this year's Le Mans Series, the Mil Milhas in Brazil on November 10.

The Staffordshire-based team's Porsche 997 GT3-RSR will be driven by moral LMS GT2-class co-champion Allan Simonsen, double Porsche Supercup champion Richard Westbrook, up-and-coming Australian GT star Bryce Washington and experienced sportscar racer Paul Daniels. The four drivers will race into the night at the classic Interlagos Grand Prix circuit in Sao Paulo in a fitting end to the season.

Car owner Daniels explained: "Joel Camathias, who has driven the car this year, has done a fantastic job but he has a clashing race in the International GT Open series, which he is leading, while Dave Cox, who has also done a great job, has come to the end of his 2007 deal with JWA."

Danish star Simonsen, who lost his shot at the GT2 title because he had to miss one race, is currently embroiled in a fight for the Australian GT crown with Washington. "I raced with JWA in 2005 and I get on really well with the team," he said. "For me the important thing is going down to do the job and win the race, to get the 10 points I lost when I couldn't race at Silverstone."

Washington, who contested the Nurburgring round of the LMS with JWA in 2006, enthused: "I have great respect for Allan. He is very well-regarded in Australia and around the world - racing against him and with him is a huge bonus for me as a driver."

"I learned heaps at the Nurburgring last year, and really got the bug to drive overseas. GT is really something I would love to do full-time in Europe if I can put something together. Also, to race at Interlagos is great, because I was a massive fan of Ayrton Senna and it was his home track. To drive such a brilliant car like this at such a famous track will be very special."

Englishman Westbrook, like the others, has never raced at Interlagos. And, while he is the world master of the lower-spec 997 Cup cars, he has never competed in a GT3-RSR. "It's an exciting thing for me because the GT2 class is an option for me for next year. I've known Paul Daniels for a while, but it wasn't until one of the JWA mechanics came to work with me for the last three rounds of the Supercup that I found out the team really want to give it a push for the last race in Brazil. It went from there and I'm looking forward to giving the team a good result."

Team principal James Watt commented "I have to thank Paul (Daniels) for allowing JWA to put this deal together we have a great opportunity to finish the season on a high note. We will certainly push the GT2 leaders very hard and a result in the top three is very possible."

TV Coverage

Motors TV will be showing the event live on Saturday 10th November beginning at 14:00 CET (Please check listings). The race is also 1000 miles so will finish some 11 hours later, so be prepared.

With only 22 cars on the Grid and the only hotly contested battle being our GT2 class we are sure of some great coverage.

-creditL jameswattautomotive.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Joel Camathias , Lewis Hamilton , Ayrton Senna , Allan Simonsen , Paul Daniels , Bryce Washington , Richard Westbrook , Dave Cox