Jota Sport return to their roots of LMP Racing
20 Jan 2012
Jota Sport are pleased to announce their 2012 European Le Mans Series programme. Following a year in GTE in 2011, they will be returning to their roots of LMP racing, campaigning a brand new Zytek LMP2 Z11SN Nissan.
Jota Sport have made a full season entry into the European Le Mans Series as well as an entry for the Le Mans 24 Hours. This is the first year of a three year programme for Jota in LMP2.
They have an illustrious history with Zytek having bought their first ever car, which we ran in 2004 & 2005 in the Le Mans Series and the Le Mans 24 Hours in 2005.
In 2006, Jota partnered with Zytek to run the factory team in the Le Mans Series, at the Le Mans 24 Hours and in the final rounds of the American Le Mans Series. In 2007 the partnership continued once again, competing in the final two rounds of the American Le Mans Series.
This relationship has seen overall and class podiums in the Le Mans Series and in the American Le Mans Series, a feat we hope to repeat in 2012.
John Manchester, Zytek Operations Director “Both Jota and Zytek have enjoyed an excellent relationship over many years and to have the opportunity to be working alongside them again on a new LMP2 project is very exciting indeed. Jota have a great pedigree in motorsport and now with the combination of the Zytek Z011SN chassis I am sure that they are going to make a big impact in the LMP2 category over the coming seasons”.
Jota Sport driver, Sam Hancock first drove for the team back in 2005 in the Zytek LMP1 and was crowned Le Mans Series Champion with an LMP2 Zytek in 2004.
"This is really exciting. I've loved our time in the GTE class, but as much as I enjoy the cars and the intensity of the racing, it's always nice to get back into a prototype. The LMP2 class in particular holds fond memories for me having won the Le Mans Series Championship in it previously. I'd really love to add another title to that if possible, and if we're lucky enough to get a Le Mans entry, gunning for a class win there will really be the icing on the cake."
Joining British driver Sam Hancock, is fellow Jota Sport driver Simon Dolan.
"I'm really excited to be back in a prototype after a hugely enjoyable year in GTpro. It'll be fantastic to be getting back to racing for overall wins in ELMS"
More news on Jota's 2012 racing activities and development plans are due to be confirmed over the next few weeks.
For more information please visit www.jotagroup.com