All geared up for Spa weekend

Peter Dumbreck
Peter Dumbreck

PETER Dumbreck is preparing to compete in his third 24 hour race in the space of two months.

The Kirkcaldy driver will be representing the JRM Racing team at the Spa 24 Hour in Belgium this weekend in a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

Dumbreck has contested two 24 hour races already this season, helping Aston Martin to a third place finish in the GTE Pro Class at Le Mans in June, after finishing 16th with Falken Motorsports at the Nurburgring in May.

This will be his Spa 24 debut, but he has already racked up several thousand racing kilometres at the track thanks to appearances in the FIA World Endurance and GT1 Championships over the past four years.

“Spa is one of the world’s iconic race tracks,” enthused Peter.

“It’s always tough for the drivers, team and car in any 24 hour race.

“Spa will be the first time we have competed with the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in 24 hour conditions and I expect it to be physically very hard on the drivers, especially if this hot weather Europe is having continues.

“We know the GT-R is very competitive over the normal three hour race duration but 24 hours will be unknown territory so we need to adapt as the race goes on.

“I’m training hard to be as fit as I need to be leading up to the event.”

The Spa 24 hour forms part of the Blancpain Endurance Series and JRM Racing travels to Spa buoyed by a run of strong results in this year’s championship, which culminated in a podium finish at the last round in Paul Ricard, France.

Dumbreck, who will be sharing driving duties with fellow sportscar veterans Lucas Luhr and Steven Kane, feels his hopes of a win this weekend could be hampered by the fact his earlier test day at Spa was completed in torrential rain.

“At the moment, without having driven a dry lap around Spa in the GT3 I would be happy with a top five finish,” Dumbreck added. “There are 70 cars so we will have to fight hard until the end to achieve that.”

Also competing at Spa this weekend is fellow Kirkcaldy ace Jonny Adam, who will be battling it out in the Pro-Am class with Beechdean Aston Martin team mate Andrew Howard.