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ELMS - 22/03/2019 - Press Release - JMW Motorsport
ELMS stalwarts and fan favourites, JMW Motorsport are excited to bring some international flavour and flair to their 2019 ELMS assault.
Teaming up with Ferrari of Vancouver, the 2017 Champions and 2018 Vice Champions bring a seasoned trio of drivers to the competitive series in Matteo Cressoni (ITA), Wei Lu (CAN) and Jeff Segal (USA). All three drivers boast enviable experience with Ferrari and notably the Ferrari 488 as sported by JMW Motorsport. With the backing of Ferrari of Vancouver, the team will be displaying across the six European rounds just why this Championship and Ferrari creates such a buzz across all borders.
This line up reunites Wei Lu and Jeff Segal who raced the Ferrari 488 GT3 in 2018 in the Pirelli World Challenge Sprint-X Championship, USA which marked the move into the professional racing scene for Lu after making his mark from 2013, culminating in no less than five victories and seven poles on his way to second in the 2017 Ferrari Challenge. For Segal, whose 15 years of experience include such highlights as winning the 2016 Le Mans 24Hrs LM GTE-AM class, 2016 12Hrs of Sebring GTD and the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona GTD, 2018 further embedded his fervour for being behind the wheel of a Ferrari 488 GT3.
Matteo Cressoni has also been under the spell of the Ferrari 488 GT3 having raced the model in a wide range of endurance events and series since 2016 including impressive 2nd places in the 2016 24Hrs of Spa and 2017 12hrs of Sebring.
Alongside the backing of Ferrari of Vancouver, JMW are pleased to continue their long and valued partnership with AJ Power and Redlaw.
Jim McWhirter, JMW Motorsport Team Principal:
“We are really looking forward to the 2019 ELMS Championship with a renewed vigour after missing out in 2018. We have a new exciting driver line up who all have Ferrari experience in a variety of competitive championships.
Jeff Segal who we worked with at Le Mans 2018 and the Spa test brings a wealth of committed competitive experience to the Team
Matteo Cressoni who is a well-respected peddler with a strong Ferrari heritage will be a real asset to the Team. Wei Lu who we met at the Spa 2018 test is also really committed to the programme – starting on a new adventure with great ambition and enthusiasm. A J Power and Redlaw will again bring their valued support for the season ahead
New season – new challenges- bring it on”
“I’m really excited to join JMW Motorsport in the European Le Mans Series. I think we are ready for the challenge that lies ahead, especially with the winning pedigree that JMW has. I’m very happy to continue racing on the global stage, and with Ferrari of Vancouver still by my side”
“To be back in ELMS after five years is something incredible for me. It is clear from racing against JMW that they are one of the most professional teams around. We have a very strong line-up, and the target is to fight for the podium at every race.”
“This program is the culmination of several years of work with Wei and Ferrari of Vancouver, and to have the chance to participate in the ELMS with JMW Motorsport and this driver line-up, it feels like the stars have aligned.
I got to know the JMW team last year when I drove for them at Le Mans, and I really admired their approach. This is a big challenge for us, but one that we are all looking forward to.”
The rubber hits the road on 8-9th April for the official test session at Le Castellet, France before the season starts with the first 4Hr race taking place at the same circuit on 14th April.
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