|Struan Moore’s 2019 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup campaign got off to a strong start last weekend with his new outfit Jenson Team Rocket RJN, finishing 13th overall and fifth in class at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.
It was a memorable debut weekend for Moore with the Jenson Team Rocket RJN crew, racing the 2019-spec Honda NSX GT3 in the series for the first time (supported by JAS Motorsport) at the rain-soaked ‘Temple of Speed’.
After sunshine during practice day, heavy rain hit the circuit and its surrounding area on Sunday ahead of both qualifying and the three-hour race. This made the circuit tricky for the 49-car GT3 field to navigate.
Moore starred in qualifying though, despite the dismal conditions which caused multiple red flags. During his stint in the third session, he ran fifth fastest overall and quickest in the Silver Cup class with a 2:03.827 lap. That combined with his teammates Philipp Frommenwiler and Matt McMurry’s efforts put them 20th on the grid for the race.
Conditions didn’t improve for the race, but the Jenson Team Rocket RJN crew persevered, confident in its wet weather set-up for the NSX GT3.
Frommenwiler started the race and during his hour in the car managed to climb the order before handing over to McMurry for his first ever Blancpain GT stint. The American took the wheel for the middle stint and ran mistake free before passing the baton to Moore for the final hour.
Consistent pace and a series of daring overtakes on the treacherous 5.7 km ‘Temple of Speed’ ended with Moore finishing the race just outside the top 10 overall in 13th, and fifth in the Silver Cup class, scoring the team crucial points in its first weekend as a Honda customer team.
Next up for Moore and the Jenson Team Rocket RJN outfit is their home race at Silverstone, ‘The Home of British Motor Sport’, on May 12th. There, Moore is aiming for further success.
“Overall it was a very positive start to the season with Jenson Team Rocket RJN. We showed what we’re capable of as a team and with the car and drivers we have.
“I’m very happy with how we progressed throughout the weekend, we got quicker and quicker and showed strong pace through wet and dry conditions, so to finish almost in the top 10 against a lot of Pro teams. And to finish in the top five in the Silver Cup does a lot for our championship hopes this season.
“We’re very much looking forward to Silverstone now.”