2017 Le Mans 24 Hours GTE-Am Champions JMW Motorsport have confirmed that Jeff Segal, Wei Lu and Rodrigo Baptista will race for the team at the Le Mans 24 Hours this year.
Segal and Lu are already part of the JMW Motorsport squad, racing together as part of the team’s full-season European Le Mans Series campaign this season whilst Baptista joins the team with a strong record in GT racing, most notably with the K-Pax Bentley effort in Pirelli World Challenge and now Blancpain GT World Challenge America with multiple race wins on his racing cv.
Le Mans in 2019 will be Baptista’s GTE race debut and both he and Wei Lu will be making their Le Mans debuts this year.
Segal though will return for a fourth year to Le Mans having been part of the WeatherTech-backed effort for the JMW Motorsport team last year, he won the GTE-AM class on his first attempt in 2015 with Scuderia Corsa, returning the following year to finish third in the class
The team will unveil their Le Mans livery in the coming weeks, promised as a tribute to the Le Mans 24 Hours, a race that the team has contested on all bar one occasion since their 2009 debut.
Jim McWhirter, Team Principal: “I’m confident we have a strong team for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. Both Jeff and Wei have Ferrari experience from various championships, and I’m sure Rodrigo will adapt to the 488 very quickly. All three drivers have proven themselves to be competitive thus far.
“We’re very excited about our special Le Mans livery and look forward to revealing it very soon. We’re sure the fans will love it.”
Jeff Segal, Driver: “I really can’t wait to get to Le Mans this year. It looks like we have all of the necessary ingredients for success. JMW has a great record at Le Mans, and I think we’re all eager to add another chapter to that history. Having tasted victory at Le Mans before, I’m also looking forward to helping Wei and Rodrigo in what will be both of their first attempts at this race.
“Personally, this will be a hugely satisfying moment as we start the race since I met Wei through Ferrari of Vancouver when he was first getting started in motorsport just a few years ago. To work with him in the Ferrari Challenge and watch him grow and improve as a driver, to the point where we are ready for him to compete in one of the most prestigious races in the world, it’s a pretty incredible experience.”