Colchester based JMW Motorsport have announced the signing of reigning FIA GT2 Champion Richard Westbrook to partner Rob Bell in the 2010 Le Mans Series.
Westbrook, the 2004 Porsche Carerra Cup GB Champion has sealed the team as an amazing British entity for JMW Motorsport, Aston Martin, Dunlop and now, two of the top sports car drivers are teamed together to tackle the Le Mans Series.
Westbrook is delighted to be joining the JMW Motorsport team, and said: “I am very excited about joining JMW Motorsport and am looking forward to getting behind the wheel of the Aston Martin. The whole project has a very special British feel to it. It is an important project for all concerned and to work with Aston Martin and Dunlop on development is a challenge I look forward to being part of. ”
Westbrook was also happy to be partnered with Bell, and is full of praise for him, saying: “I am a big fan of Rob and the chance to drive alongside him certainly swayed my mind. We will be looking to make the Aston Martin as competitive as possible from the outset and I am sure we can. We will be working very hard.”
As well as taking part in the Le Mans Series, Westbrook will also partner Rob in the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, where they will be joined by JMW Motorsport Team Manager Tim Sugden. Westbrook is relishing the thought of the 2010 Le Mans 24 Hours, “Le Mans 24 Hour this year is such an exciting prospect. Tim has an amazing knowledge of the race and is such an asset to the driver line up. It is a very special event and one I look forward to being a part of. I am sure the British fans who make the journey will spur us on!”
Away from the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sugden is more than happy with his team's new recruit, and having known him for a long time, he knows the strengths of Westbrook, “I have known Richard for many years and as we've all seen, whatever he turns his hand to he is brilliant, he’s an amazing driver and a fantastic asset to the team. He and Rob will make an enviable driver pairing of that we are sure”.
The team have just arrived home from a very positive Dunlop tyre test out in Portugal, using the test Aston Martin Vantage GT2 car, where the team were comfortably on the pace. In the next few days, the team will receive their 2010 car, ahead of the official Le Mans test days at Paul Ricard in France.
The 2010 Le Mans Series season starts at Paul Ricard on the 11th April.