BRITAIN’S ONLY 2014 LE MANS 24 HOUR RACE WINNING TEAM & ALL-BRITISH DRIVER CREW INVITED TO GOODWOOD
22nd June 2014
JOTA Sport plus Dolan, Tincknell & Turvey get Festival of Speed invite from Lord March Harrods McLaren F1 GTR from JOTA’s stable also present at English “garden party”
JOTA Sport has received a personal invitation from the Earl of March to attend next weekend’s Goodwood Festival of Speed (27-29 June).
Lord March has issued the late invitation following the British team’s stunning success in the recent Le Mans 24 Hours endurance sportscar race.
The small but dedicated team, based on the Kent/Sussex border, won the LM P2 category and finished an incredible fifth overall – the only British team with an all-British driver crew to achieve success in this year’s race (14-15 June).
It marks the first time for 10 years three English drivers sharing the same car have achieved such a top placing at Le Mans.
The Zytek was originally built in Derbyshire while the car runs on tyres produced at Fort Dunlop in Birmingham.
Businessman and part-time racer Simon Dolan plus professional drivers Harry Tincknell – racing at Le Mans for the very first time – and Oliver Turvey, competing in the annual French marathon for only the second time after a late call up from the team, steered their JOTA Sport Zytek Z11SN to LM P2 category honours in the 82nd running of the gruelling twice-around-the-clock sportscar endurance race in France.
The Dolan/Tincknell/Turvey Zytek clocked up 356-laps equating to 3,016-miles at an average speed of 125.14mph in the world’s toughest sportscar race.
All three will take turns behind the wheel of the Zytek during the course of the annual event while David Clark, like Dolan a JOTA Group partner, will drive his Harrods McLaren F1 GTR.
Another British success story, this particular McLaren finished third and sixth at Le Mans in 1995 & ’96 respectively. Britain’s Le Mans “legend” Derek Bell drove the McLaren on both occasions and led the race for 11 hours in ’95 – another example of the F1 GTR going on to win the race that year.
Bell was re-united with the famous McLaren at Goodwood while 1980 Formula One World Champion plus American former television late show host Jay Leno have also driven it on the hillclimb.
The Festival of Speed is an annual hill climb featuring historic motor racing vehicles held in the grounds of Goodwood House, West Sussex. Visitors can expect to see cars and motorbikes from over 100 years of worldwide motor racing history climb the hill, including many of the latest F1 machines. Aside from the machines, the event attracts a host of names from the past and present of motor racing, offering a rare chance to see world-famous names driving a wide range of cars.
Simon Dolan (GB). Age 45. Born: Chelmsford, Essex. Lives: Monaco (MC):
“I’ve been to the Festival a couple of times before but only as an interested spectator. This will be the first time I’ve been there as a ‘driver’. I have no idea what it’ll be like driving our Zytek up the hill and so I think I’ll be taking it nice and slowly and just revel in the glory rather than go for a time!
“To be invited there as Le Mans champions will seem surreal I’m sure – it’s only just starting to sink in that we won, so to be at Goodwood celebrating again, a British team with British drivers in a British car will be very, very special.”
Harry Tincknell (GB). Age: 22. Born: Exeter, Devon. Lives: Sidmouth, Devon (GB):
“This will be my first-ever visit to Goodwood and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s quickly grown into one of the biggest motorsport events, not only in Britain, but also in the world.
“To be going there as a Le Mans 24 Hours winner is incredible. I’ve been lucky enough to be around some great Le Mans champions, like my mentor Allan McNish and David Brabham, so going there as a winner in my own right is amazing.
“I’m looking forward to tackling the actual hillclimb. It’ll be my first time doing anything like this and I’m sure it’ll be a lot of fun. The ‘Mighty 38’ Zytek did us proud at Le Mans and deserves to be there with the rest of the great cars present.”
Oliver Turvey (GB). Age 27. Born & Lives: Penrith, Cumbria (GB).
“I am really excited to have the opportunity to celebrate with JOTA Sport our Le Mans 24 Hours class victory! The team worked so hard in the build up to provide a great car and during the race through all the pit-stops.
“Driving up the Goodwood hill is always amazing but it will be a particularly special feeling to get back into the JOTA Zytek that I crossed the finishing line in at Le Mans.
“I’ve been to the Festival of Speed for the last three years with McLaren, having the privilege to drive some of their recent and historic championship winning Formula 1 cars up the famous hill, but this year will be particularly special. It’s an amazing event and weekend, bringing together so many fantastic cars and legendary drivers. I have thoroughly enjoyed the whole event and it has been a highlight each year!
Sam Hignett. Partner, JOTA Group:
“An all British driver crew, driving a British car for a British team running on tyres produced in Britain winning the LMP2 class at Le Mans and finishing as high as fifth overall to boot, doesn’t come around very often so I’m immensely proud of everyone connect with JOTA Sport.
“Goodwood is nowadays one of the great British events on the motorsport calendar so it’s only fitting for us to go there and ‘showcase’ our achievement. Every one of us is immensely proud of what we did at Le Mans and aim to continue the success story in the three remaining European Le Mans Series races with the intention of winning that championship title.”