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Fletcher & Plowman Return In JRM Bentley

GT3 debut for 2019 GT4 Pro-Am Champs, second JRM Bentley also possible

After a COVID-19 enforced sabbatical in 2020, Kelvin Fletcher and Martin Plowman will return to the Intelligent Money British GT Championship this season to make their GT3 debuts with JRM Racing and Bentley.

2019’s GT4 Pro-Am champions were initially set to graduate last year with the same team, car and Imagine Cruising title sponsor combination before the coronavirus pandemic curtailed their plans ahead of the opening round.

Now the Continental GT3, which ran at Media Day 12 months ago before being mothballed, will join the grid for a full-season assault on British GT’s senior class.

“We’ve kept ourselves busy, but nothing beats actually being out in the car and Brands Hatch can’t come soon enough,” said Fletcher, who presented British GT’s live race coverage instead of driving last season. “We’ve still only completed a handful of laps in the Bentley, 2020’s Media Day was my first and only meaningful running with the car, but we’ll be putting that right before the season starts. And we’ll need to because the championship’s renewed emphasis on Pro-Am has resulted in some very strong GT3 driver combinations.”

Plowman agrees, although he also hopes to be amongst the front-runners first time out at Brands.

“We were the top GT4 Pro-Am crew in 2019 so there’s no reason why we can’t mix it with the established guys,” he said. “Yes, they’ll have a head-start in terms of experience: the likes of Jonny Adam and Phil Keen have seen it all before. But Kelvin’s a fast learner and JRM know enough about the car from 2019 to get the best out of it and us.”

JRM claimed the current-generation Bentley’s first British GT win in 2019 with Rick Parfitt Jnr and Seb Morris but haven’t contested a race in any championship since that year’s British GT finale.

Team manager Elliot Dason-Barber though is confident of hitting the ground running at Brands Hatch on May 22/23.

“We’ve developed a really close relationship with Kelvin and Martin that goes beyond the usual roles of team and drivers, which I’m sure will help us initially and moving forwards,” he said. “We know they’ve got the potential to be one of GT3’s fastest Pro-Am pairings, but British GT often boils down to the most consistent crew over the course of a season. So that’s something we need to be mindful of.

“Of course, being able to share a second crew’s data is always useful, and that’s something we’re also working on. Another JRM-run Bentley isn’t out of the question at this stage.”