JOTA CONTINUE LE MANS PODIUM RUN AND CLINCH RUNNERS-UP IN FIA WEC SUPER SEASON
17th June 2019
Jota claimed a hard-earned second place in last weekends’ 24 Hours of Le Mans after another strong showing against the world’s toughest endurance sports-car field.
The No.38 JOTA run Jackie Chan DC Racing x JOTA LMP2 car driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Gabriel Aubry and Stephane Richelmi drove a faultless race to take second position after a closely fought event.
In so doing, the trio took a richly merited second position in the 2018-19 WEC Super Season LMP2 standings, while JOTA which runs two Oreca-Gibson LMP2 cars in the championship, finished a close second in the teams’ standings.
Only a puncture at 08.15 on Sunday morning halted a possible class win and title charge for the No.38 crew.
JOTA entered the gruelling race at Le Mans for a 13th time in 2019 and added to their roster of excellent results with the second place.
It means the Kent based team, renowned as one of the best teams in global sportscar competition, have finished either first or second six times in the last six years at the legendary endurance event.
The No.37 JOTA operated Oreca-Gibson LMP2 car driven by Ricky Taylor, David Heinemeier-Hansson and Jordan King were also on course for a likely podium finish until a terminal gearbox problem halted their progress in the 15th hour.
It was a frustrating end for the Taylor, Heinemeier-Hansson and King trio who had fought through from 12th on the LMP2 grid to become contenders at the front of the pack.
JOTA would like to thank its key partners for the race – Konica Minolta Business Solutions, MGI DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, Konica Minolta’s sister company, Jackie Chan DC Racing, Richard Mille and Dunlop tyres.
JOTA now starts preparations for season eight of the FIA WEC which will begin at its home track of Silverstone on 1st September.
The team will conduct a pre-season test at the Circuit de Catalunya in Spain next month in readiness for the new campaign.
Sam Hignett – Founder/Co-Owner of Jota Sport
“It was another great result for JOTA with the No.38 car coming home second after a typically hard Le Mans.
“The whole squad deserve massive credit for a faultless display that netted us runners-up in the outright title standings too.
“It was a huge battle with Signatech Alpine this season and we congratulate them for winning the WEC title. They are great opponents.
“I have to pay tribute to the No.37 crew of Ricky, David and Jordan. They drove excellent stints and were right in the hunt before a gear broke and damaged the casing. This meant we were unable to continue so it was a real tough one to take, but often Le Mans is cruel.
“We will be back in 2020 where we will aim to further our excellent record at Le Mans and to again go for the FIA WEC title in LMP2.”
David Clark – Co-Owner of Jota Sport
“JOTA is a proud team and today we again showed our strengths with another terrific result. Ho-Pin, Stephane and Gabriel have been superb all season and again they showed their mettle at Le Mans last weekend.
“It has been a tremendous WEC campaign, and while our clear aims and objectives were to take the LMP2 title, we can feel very proud indeed with four wins and four pole positions.
“The title eluded us this time but we will return with the aim of going one better and capturing the crown next season to add to all our other great milestones we have earned in endurance racing.”
Ricky Taylor – Driver No.37 Jota Oreca-Gibson
“We were looking really good and the car was improving and improving. The team did a great job and we had no issues at all and then something unfortunately out of our control took us out of the race.
“It’s a bit of a missed opportunity with the great job that the whole team did but we stayed on at the track to support the No.38 guys who took a great podium.”