JRM name star driver line-up

3/7/2011 (ST) ''Goodwood Festival of Speed took place from Friday 1st-Sunday 3rd July 2011.''Pictured is: Test driver for Team Lotus Karun Chandhok preparing for his race at Goodwood.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112379-1411)

3/7/2011 (ST) ''Goodwood Festival of Speed took place from Friday 1st-Sunday 3rd July 2011.''Pictured is: Test driver for Team Lotus Karun Chandhok preparing for his race at Goodwood.''Picture: Sarah Standing (112379-1411)

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JRM Racing has announced its FIA World Endurance Championship driver line-up.

The team for 2012 will comprise David Brabham, Peter Dumbreck and Karun Chandhok, pictured.

They will pilot the team’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a in all of the season’s eight rounds, which include the Le Mans 24-hours.

Having driven for Rye-based JRM Racing’s sister team - Sumo Power GT - in the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship, Brabham’s association with the JR Motorsports Group continues for a second season. The UK-based Australian brings with him a sportscar and endurance-racing heritage that spans 20 years.

As well as F1, his experience includes seasons in Japanese GTC, ALMS and the European Le Mans Series, plus outright victory in the Le Mans 24-hours in 2009.

Dumbreck has had a two-year spell with the JR Motorsports Group and last year drove one of JRM Racing’s GT1 cars.

He too has an illustrious history of sportscar and endurance racing, having been a former works driver at top level. And, after famously contesting the Le Mans 24-hours in 1999, he went on to compete in the FIA GT Championship, DTM, Japanese Super GT and the Le Mans Series.

Following his F1 appearances with Team Lotus in 2011, Chandhok has firmly established himself as a world-class competitor and the team is delighted he has signed with them for his first ever season of sportscar racing.

Now based in the UK, Chandhok’s results make him India’s most successful racing driver and has a CV that records three championship victories coupled with race-winning seasons in British Formula 3, A1 GP and GP2.

The team is currently preparing for the delivery of its car in February. It then will embark on an intensive test programme ahead of the first race at Sebring on March 17.

See tomorrow’s Rye Observer for the full article.