Steven Kane will team up with Peter Dumbreck and Lucas Luhr in JRM Racing’s Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in this year’s Blancpain Endurance Series.
Northern Irishman Kane is formerly a race winner in British F3 and the British Touring Car Championship.
“I’m excited to be teaming up with JRM Racing this year,” said the 32-year-old. “The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 has a lot of potential and I am sure that Peter, Lucas and myself can translate this out on track.
“The aim is obviously to make a mark in the championship and go for race wins and ultimately the title. There will be a lot of competition from other teams and drivers but from what I’ve seen so far I think we’ve got more than a fighting chance.”
While the trio of Kane, Dumbreck and Luhr will contest the Pro class, JRM will also be present in the Pro-Am category with a driver lineup of Matt Bell, Charles Bateman and Humaid Al Masaood.
Bell and Bateman have enjoyed success in British GT in recent seasons, together finishing third in the standings in 2012, while Bell also has BES experience from last year.
Al Masaood shared a Dyson Racing Lola LMP1 in the American Le Mans Series with Kane in 2011, winning on the streets of Baltimore.
“I am thrilled to be part of JRM’s Blancpain programme this year,” said 23-year-old Bell from Newcastle. “I was a spectator for many of their GT1 races so I know they are a top class team and they have a World Championship crown to prove it.
“I got on very well with Charles last year too and as a pairing we were very quick so I’m looking forward to going racing with a co-driver I know and trust and also getting to know Humaid who I have heard many good things about.
“There’s no reason why we can’t challenge for the top spot in Pro-Am this year and I’m looking forward to see how we compare on pace with the Pro car. The upgraded Nissan GT-R looks very good. I can’t wait for my first run at Paul Ricard next week.”
26-year-old Bateman from Lincolnshire added: “I’m really looking forward to teaming up with Matt for a second season as we got on well last year and proved we are capable of winning races.
“To be doing the Blancpain series with JRM Racing, a World Championship winning team is fantastic. The Blancpain Endurance Series is the GT championship to be in right now and I’m looking forward to getting the season underway. Having Humaid confirmed as our team-mate is great news and should put us in a strong position come the first race at Monza.”
32-year-old Al Masaood, who hails from Abu Dhabi but is based in London, commented: “Driving in the Blancpain Endurance Series will be a challenge, but one I’m relishing. The level of cars and drivers is very high this year, but we have a good car, JRM have a good team of people and Matt and Charles have a lot of experience.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know my new team-mates and building a strong partnership. We have high expectations this year and hope to do them justice.”
Team principal James Rumsey said: “We are pleased to have finalised our driving line-up, and to have such depth across the Pro and Pro-Am cars. The Pro car line-up of Peter, Lucas and Steven is incredibly exciting and I am sure they will complement each other very well as they seek to get the most from the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 and go for wins and the championship title.
“Equally we are delighted to have secured the services of Matt, Charles and Humaid for the coming season. Matt and Charles work extremely well together and will gel quickly with Humaid, who has shown good potential very quickly. I am sure this trio will be a very strong contender for the Pro-Am Cup title and I look forward to launching our assault on both classes in just a few weeks.”