Zircotec supported Ferrari to again compete at Le Mans & in ELMS

The JMW Racing Ferrari supported by Zircotec has confirmed their participation in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) for the seventh consecutive year. The team will also participate in the legendary Le Mans 24 hour endurance race this June.

The Ferrari 458 Italia of the JMW Racing team can be seen here in its new 2014 livery. Zircotec has been supporting JMW for several seasons now and the 458 will compete in the GTE class in the ELMS race series and in the same class within the famous Le Mans 24hrs race itself.

The car features Zircotec coatings on the exhaust systems and uses ZircoFlex® ceramic heatshield to protect the drivers and the components from the extreme heat build up in endurance racing. The extended lengths of time the drivers spend in the cockpit of the cars during this, one of the toughest forms of motorsport for car and drivers, means that preventing damage to the ancillaries and fatigue from heat exhaustion is critical to success and reliability. Zircotec’s ranges of ceramic thermal barrier coatings and our ZircoFlex® ultra thin heatshield material are perfect for these kinds of roles.

The sheeting is extremely lightweight and flexible and can be cut to the exact shape required very easily using nothing more specialist than a pair of sharp kitchen shears. ZircoFlex® is also available in three variants, single ply, dual ply and triple ply all of which come in both self adhesive and standard formats. This means users can maximise the effectiveness of their heatshield by choosing the thickness most appropriate to the environment and also the most suitable means of fixing to the components.

The ELMS will kick off with the first race being held here in the UK at Silverstone. The 4 hour race will be held over the weekend of 18th and 19th April with the race being run on the 19th. We will be wishing the JMW team all the best for the opening round and for the series as a whole.

The picture was taken during the official test for the ELMS held at the spectacular Circuit Paul Ricard at Le Castellet in the South of France. The team finished second in class in most of the test.

The new driving team comprises three talented young drivers in the shape of two Britons, George Richardson and Daniel McKenzie alongside Italian driver Daniel Zampieri. Despite the young ages of 22, 23 and 23 respectively the three are very experiences drivers. Richardson has raced Endurance in the US for the past two seasons whilst McKenzie drove single seaters before moving to GT racing in 2013. Zampieri meanwhile already has two seasons experience behind the wheel of a Ferrari 458 and has previously tested for Formula 1.

The Paul Ricard circuit features one of the longest straights in closed circuit motor racing in the form of the Mistral, a full mile and a quarter long before it bears right into the fearsome Curbe de Signes. More than one vehicle has given up the ghost at the end of the straight after being tortured mercilessly for hours in an endurance race.

We are convinced the ceramic coatings we have provided to JMW will ensure they need have no fear of a similar fate when the series returns to Paul Ricard in September for the penultimate round.