JRM Racing finished second in the privateers’ class and fifth overall in the final race of its first season in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
This equalled Rye-based JRM’s best result of the season. The second podium finish in a row also confirmed the constant improvement shown throughout the year which resulted in being placed third of the privateers’ LMP1 outfits.
The HPD ARX 03a driven by David Brabham, Karun Chandhok and Peter Dumbreck started the the Six Hours of Shanghai from the Privateers’ pole and fourth overall, the team’s best starting position of the season.
Chandhok initially kept in front of the Rebellion and the Strakka cars. It was an intense battle that finally ended with Chandhok falling back into the clutches of both before stopping for the first pit-stop of the race, rejoining in sixth position overall.
Two hours into the race the Strakka suffered a puncture and then required a replacement rear end, with Chandhok climbing back up to fifth.
After a triple stint and 75 laps, he handed over to Dumbreck who immediately got up to speed.
During the final driver change the rear bodywork had to be changed, costing one minute and putting the team out of contention to fight for the win in the privateers’ class.
However, Brabham still rejoined the race in fifth position overall and second in class before being hunted by the Rebellion with half-an-hour to go.
There was drama on the penultimate lap when the leading Rebellion stopped on track, allowing Brabham to regain a position, only eight seconds behind the class winner.