JRM, the mother ship of Sumo Power, have just released the shock news that they'll be launching an assault on the 2012 World Endurance Championship, following on from victory for their Nissan GT-R in the 2011 GT1 World Championship. Their weapon of choice in 2012 will be the HPD ARX-03A LMP1 prototype – dropping them straight into a fight against the factory might of Audi, Peugeot and Toyota. The WEC is the first world championship for prototypes for over 15 years – it will be fought out over eight rounds at some of the classic circuits around the globe, including Spa, Fuji, Sebring, Silverstone, Interlagos and Le Mans.
The first round of the WEC is at Sebring in March – JRM will be carrying out extensive testing with their car in the meantime, and aim to announce their driver line-up later this month. They'll join another British team, Strakka, in running the ARX-03A. Le Mans is the big prize to aim for in June: team owner James Rumsey made no secret of his desire to race there with the GT-R, and only a rules change prevented that possibility. JRM are continuing their partnership with Nissan, however – they're still tasked by NISMO with developing the customer GT3 version of the GT-R. Watch this space for more news!