Once more Essex-based outfit JMW Motorsport came away from a Le Mans Series weekend having showed promising pace, but without a result to match.
The pattern started as early as qualifying where the team finished the session tenth fastest in the 16 car LMGT2 class with driver Darren Turner's efforts to improve having be nullified by first a red flag after an accident elsewhere on track then encountering traffic during the session, which was restricted to just cars from the two GT classes racing at in the 1000km of Spa.
The race started promisingly, Turner coping well with the slippery conditions and early flurry of incidents to move the yellow liveried Dunlop shod Aston Martin Vantage up to sixth. However, problems soon struck with both Turner and driving partner Rob Bell going off after having the throttle stick open, and while neither driver suffered a major accident, the issue, obviously needed remedying.
Unfortunately, the pitstop for repairs dropped the team out of contention but allowed the team to return to the track to gain some more crucial track time with car before their trip to the Le Mans 24 Hours. The team underlined their pace by setting the second fastest time in the class.
There is now a little over a month until Jim McWhirter's team take to the Circuit de La Sarthe for the Le Mans 24 Hours on June 12-13.