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Mechanical setbacks end JRM Racing's hopes

Mechanical setbacks end JRM Racing's hopes

Barcelona ESP – 18.9.16:  JRM Racing’s challenge at World RX of Barcelona came to an early conclusion today after mechanical gremlins struck the MINI RX Supercars of Guy Wilks and Guerlain Chicherit.

Both drivers were making their World RX racing debuts aboard JRM’s two-litre MINI RX Supercar in Spain and were driving for the first time at the iconic Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
 
But their hopes of scoring some strong points in today’s Q3 and Q4 races were hampered by a brace of unexpected mechanical issues.It was a very frustrating weekend for both Guy and Guerlain, with both drivers suffering from mechanical issues

Loco Energy Drink-supported Guy was unable to start his Q3 race this morning after an electrical problem struck his car, while a gearbox issue prevented Monster Energy Athlete Guerlain from completing his Q3 race.
 
It was a similarly frustrating story in Q4 as Guerlain’s #65 MINI was unable to take the start. However, Guy (above) did take a P3 finish in his race.
 
But Sunday’s difficulties ultimately ended the team’s hopes of challenging for a place in the World RX of Barcelona semi finals and both Guy and Guerlain (below) bowed out of the competition after Q4.

JRM Racing Team Principal James Rumsey said:“This will probably go down as our toughest weekend in World RX. We didn’t enjoy the best luck on track yesterday but we put that behind us and worked hard overnight to find some extra grip and speed for today’s qualifying.
 
“We thought we’d made good progress on that front, but then we got hit with two separate mechanical issues this morning that gave us an even bigger mountain to climb.
 
“Everyone’s hugely frustrated because this weekend’s results were not what we expected. We’ll go away from Barcelona and analyse everything very carefully so we can find the level of performance that matches our expectations.
 
“As a team, we’ve competed at the highest level of motorsport and won FIA world championships before. We’re determined to get things right in World RX and we’ll be pushing for an improvement in Latvia at the end of the month.”

Guerlain said: “It’s been a super frustrating weekend. My objective coming to Barcelona was to increase my confidence and learn more about the car and the set-up that’s needed. But that’s been tricky with limited seat time.

“The positive to come out of the last two days is that we’ve got clearer visibility of what needs to be done to improve the car and I’ll be working with the guys in the team to make sure we’re stronger when we go racing again in a couple of weeks.”

Guy said: “This certainly wasn’t the weekend we hoped for. The team and I have done some great things with the car in the past, but it’s quite obvious the pace of the cars in the championship has increased since then. It was a struggle in Barcelona and the niggling problems we had cost us valuable time.

“There are some positives to take from the weekend. The team did a fantastic job to keep motivated when the chips were down and we’ve got lots of evaluation to do because we’ve completed some more mileage. We need to learn from the data and make some effective changes before the next round.”