Friday, 13 January 2012

WEC: Karun Chandhok enters endurance racing with JRM Racing

As we reported earlier, Karun Chandok is looking for avenues beyond the Formula 1 will now be seen as a part of World Endurance Championship (WEC). The Chennai-born driver has joined the JRM Racing team and will become the first Indian to take race in FIA's newly-launched World Endurance Championships (WEC).

The newly launched FIA WEC includes the historic Le Mans 24hrs and Sebring 12hrs races, apart from races at fan favourite F1 venues Spa-Francorrchamps, Silverstone and Interlagos. This is the first endurance series of world championship status since the World Sportscar Championship, which ended in 1992.

JRM Racing, a privately-run team by James Rumpsey, will enter a single LMP1 Honda Performance Development ARX-03a car powered by a specially designed and tested 3.5-litre naturally aspirated V8 engine. The ARX-03a is currently hailed as the most competitive petrol Le Mans Prototype around.

"Factory owned teams like Audi and Peugeot are the strong runners in Endurance races but we also have a good car. Not many people know that even sports cars can hit a top speed 370 km/h," the 27-year-old said.

2012 FIA World Endurance Championship Calendar:

March 17th: Sebring 12-Hours (USA)
May 5th: Spa-Francorrchamps 6-Hours (Belgium)
June 17th: 80th Le Mans 24-Hours (France)
August 25th: Silverstone 6-Hours (UK)
September 16th: Interlagos 6-Hours (Brazil)
September 30th: Mount Fuji 6-Hours (Japan)
October 20th: Bahrain 6-Hours (Bahrain)
November 11th/18th: China 6-Hours (China)


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