India’s Karun Chandhok, along with his JRM Racing team-mates David Brabham and Peter Dumbreck achieved their best result of the season Sunday by finishing second in the privateers’ class and fifth overall in the Six Hours of Fuji in Japan, the penultimate race of the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Dubreck got the six hours underway for the team and had a good start, gaining a place in the first corner. He was in the car for the first two hours and 40 minutes, managing the tyres perfectly and lapping at a very consistent pace.
After a double stint, the Scot handed over to Brabham. The Safety Car had to come out half way through the race so debris on track could be cleared, but Brabham looked after the tyres and when the race got underway again he was able to run at consistent pace, constantly swapping track positions with Rebellion.
Chandhok drove during the last third of the race. Minor contact with the Audi was made during his first stint, and during the last minutes of the race, he also had to do an extra pit stop to change the rear end of the car that had been damaged.
Nevertheless Chandhok managed to stay in fifth position and even set the team’s fastest lap of the race, a 1:30.907.
Chandhok said: "Great to be on the podium! It was a good race and finishing for the team was a fantastic feeling, particularly as it’s our best finish of the season so far.
“I had a bit of contact with the Audi and there was a bit of bodywork damage, but apart from that we were reasonably quick. We do need a little bit more pace to finish ahead of the Rebellion.”