JCB is in pole position to play a vital role supporting Williams Martini Racing, as the team tours the top European Formula One circuits.
A convoy of JCB machinery, including models featured in the Wastemaster range, has left Staffordshire on a 9,000-mile summer road trip to help the JCB-sponsored team in the build-up to race days and, this weekend, it sets up camp at the historic Monaco Grand Prix.
Four JCB machines have key parts to play in ensuring the team is ready to race at every European circuit this summer. The JCB Teletruk telescopic forklift, which is commonly seen performing in a variety of roles on waste and recycling sites around the world, will offload race components. These include the vital engine elements and garage kit before each race, as well as aid with the post-race pack up.
In addition, a S1930E scissor lift will help with the safe construction of a spectacular three-story ‘motorhome’ – made up of nine 20-foot containers – that is the drivers’, engineers’ and support staff base at the European circuits. The scissor lift will offer a secure platform for teams to work at height during construction and throughout the duration of the event.
Meanwhile, two JCB G150RS generators will provide power for the motorhome which is kitted out with meeting rooms, rest facilities, an exclusive rooftop hospitality suite and a fully operational kitchen where breakfast, lunch and dinner is made each day for hundreds of people.
JCB Head of Sponsorship, Edd Hood, said: “Behind every great racing team is a great back-up crew. JCB has the perfect range of equipment to support Williams Martini Racing; machines provide the muscle to build the team’s temporary home and generators power it once constructed. There is real synergy between Williams Martini Racing and JCB, each offering engineering excellence on and off the track.”
Claire Williams, Deputy Team Principal, Williams Martini Racing, added: “It’s great to further strengthen our relationship with JCB by using more equipment for our 2018 European race programme. The quality of these machines signifies an understanding of the highest levels of professionalism needed to support all aspects of Formula One. Knowing JCB has the coverage to support us from Silverstone to Speilberg, Monaco to Milan is fantastic.”
Further stops for the JCB branded lorry and equipment on its European tour include France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Silverstone, Italy and Belgium.