JRM World RX announced before Qualifying began for the 2016 World RX of France that they had to retire their iconic BMW Mini Supercar from the event due to unforeseen technical issues with their 2016 2.0 litre turbocharged engine.
2016 has been a development year so far for the Daventry based squad and they were looking to a good start to their second half of the 2016 FIA World Rallycross Championship after missing the World RX of Canada, however this engine issue that home driver Guerlain Chicherit would not take part in his home World RX event. However the team is already looking forward as they look to learn more about their upgraded 2016 engine and the performance it brings to the iconic Supercar.
Team Principal James Rumsey was upbeat about this issue:
“We’re bitterly disappointed that we’ve been forced out before qualifying started but unforeseen technical concerns have left us with no choice,” JRM Racing Team Principal, James Rumsey, explained. “We are reviewing the situation with our engine supplier.”
“Everyone at JRM worked tirelessly to make sure we were prepared for what is arguably the biggest weekend on the World RX calendar so to exit so early is tough to take. It’s especially disappointing for Guerlain because he was hugely fired up for this weekend and was determined to build on the success he had at Lohéac last season.
“We’re determined that this will be a short-lived set back and our focus has already switched to Barcelona in a couple of weeks where we are targeting a positive outcome with Guerlain and Guy Wilks in our cars.”
Chicherit outlined his determination to come back fighting in Spain, “I’m super sad that we couldn’t race in front of my home fans this weekend. But this disappointment makes me even more determined for Barcelona RX. Rallycross is hugely exciting for me and I really want to show what I can do against some of the best drivers in the world. We’ll be back and ready to fight in Spain.”
JRM World RX have already confirmed that they will field two cars at the World RX of Spain as former two time British Rally Champion Guy Wilks joins the team for the Spanish event and also the World RX of Latvia.