Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell & Oliver Turvey win LM P2 class in world-famous sportscar endurance race
System Store Solutions has provided JOTA Sport with the perfect workshop solutions for a number of years now and so we were delighted when the prestigious team claimed a magnificent class victory in what many feel is the most famous race in the world, the Le Mans 24 hrs. And, even more impressive, was that the team also secured a 5th overall place. Over the years we have completely re-designed their race bays, workshops workstations to ensure they have the most efficient, clean and ergonomic environment to work in – and it seems it has paid off for the team, so we join everyone is sending across sour congratulations for a very well deserved win.
The Jota Sport’s Race – Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey steered their JOTA Sport Zytek Z11SN to LM P2 category honours in the 82nd running of the gruelling sportscar endurance race in France, with the drivers sharing the time in the car. In all the Dolan, Tincknell/Turvey Zytek clocked up 356-laps equating to 3,016-miles at an average speed of 125.14mph and finished one lap ahead of their nearest rivals.
It was Harry Tincknell who started the race from second in class on Saturday afternoon thanks to his stunning qualifying performance on Thursday evening – the Le Mans debutant deprived of the class pole position by a mere 0.065secs. All three British drivers drove faultless and consistently fast laps during their stints behind the wheel of the British-built Zytek sportscar running on Dunlop tyres.
The only unscheduled pit-stop occurred early in the race to repair some bodywork costing the team seven-minutes. Oliver Turvey had only flown out to join the team on Thursday morning after a last minute call-up after Marc Gené, Audi Sport’s “reserve” driver who had been loaned to JOTA, was recalled by the German team. Oliver had not sat in the JOTA Zytek since last September and so the Le Mans 24hr race was his first time in the car all year. .
JOTA Sport’s next race is the third round of the European Le Mans Series at the Red Bull Ring on 20 July. Dolan, Tincknell and Filipe Albuquerque (P) plus JOTA Sport are placed second in the Drivers’ and Team’s standings going into the four hour race in Austria.
Simon Dolan commented after the race- “I can’t put my feelings into words – it’s like I am going to wake up from an incredible dream. I never thought it was possible to come back after our dramas with the bodywork early on. Harry did an amazing job on his Le Mans debut and the team is delighted with his pace, consistency and maturity. Meanwhile considering Oliver’s last minute call-up, he drove absolutely brilliantly for us. I am also happy with the way I drove with no real errors. I think it is the first Le Mans that I have done where I have really enjoyed driving and that was a nice feeling to actually go out and have fun. To finish fifth overall at Le Mans is something I’d never contemplated – I’m stunned.”
Harry Tincknell “I drove my heart out and gave it my all –absolutely everything, especially in my quadruple stint on Sunday. Everything just flowed as a combination of 15 years of racing all for this one magical moment. To win at Le Mans on my debut is the biggest moment in my career to date and is a reward for every day I train in the gym – I can’t believe it, it’s always been a dream. Twelve months ago I was watching my mentor Allan McNish winning at Le Mans on television. The weather conditions were really bad during the opening three hours and we were well down the leaderboard. But the team’s strategy was to being around at the end of the race and not to be too aggressive with the car and we proved it to be the correct strategy.”
Oliver Turvey “It’s been a crazy few days! To get a call from JOTA Sport at the last minute to come over to Le Mans on Thursday and race has been unreal. The team did a great job while Harry and Simon both drove brilliantly especially in getting the car set up so well for the race. The car was great from start to finish. We had a difficult start when the rain came and we had the problem with the bodywork but we didn’t let it get us down. We pushed very hard through the night and kept chasing down the leaders on Sunday morning. I really thought it was going to be tricky to even get back on to the podium, let alone win, but Sam Hignett just told us all ‘to go for it. Like Simon and Harry, I pushed as hard as I could. I was in the car at the end and it was quite nerve-wracking. But I love leading and once I was in that position I wasn’t about to let it go. It is my first race of the year and only my second Le Mans – it’s unreal – but I’m just so happy for the JOTA team.”
Sam Hignett. Partner, JOTA Group: “Winning Le Mans is what we founded JOTA Sport for in many respects – it was my dream, my ambition, and winning an event of this calibre is what the business is based and focussed towards. To win Le Mans is a really big achievement for what is in affect a small team. All three drivers did a fantastic job and followed our instructions to keep off the kerbs to stop the potential of causing suspension problems. I felt confident that if we got out into the lead after our final pit-stop the race was ours and that’s how it turned out thanks to great work by the crew who have all worked tirelessly leading up to this year’s race. We lost two laps early on with a bodywork issue that required the car going into the garage for a few minutes to make repairs. Additionally a little time was lost when we put Oliver out on ‘intermediates’ as opposed to ‘wets’ on Saturday afternoon and the track dried faster than we’d anticipated so we lost time and Simon.