Le Mans sensation JOTA Sport LMP2 cars set for Goodwood FOS appearance
27th June 2017
Jota Sport has been one of the most significant British success stories in recent endurance racing history and the Kent based organisation had their greatest ever success at the recent Le Mans 24 Hours.
The two endurance sportscars, which are run by Jota Sport who masterminded a remarkable 2nd and 3rd overall and a 1-2 clean sweep in the LMP2 class at the recent 24 Hours of Le Mans, will be on display at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed, this weekend (29th June – 2nd July 2017) at Goodwood House, West Sussex.
Taking pride of place in the endurance racing section of this years Goodwood Festival of Speed, during which the #Mighty38 will be taking on the famous Hill climb, the cars which were entered under the Jackie Chan DC Racing X Jota banner and run by the Jota Sport concern, almost created a sensation by winning the world’s greatest motor race outright.
The cars, affectionately known as ‘FortuneCat37’ and ‘Mighty38’ had a faultless run in the 85th running of the great race. The #38 car driven by former Audi factory driver Oliver Jarvis, French rookie Thomas Laurent and experienced racer Ho-Pin Tung, even led for two and a half hours in the late morning and early Sunday afternoon period.
It was one of the most memorable performances from a privateer team in recent Le Mans history, and one that was lauded the world over as the Jota Sport operation took the battle to might of Porsche.
Jota Sport is one of endurance racing’s most respected and operationally adept squads and boasts an enviable record at Le Mans and global sportscar racing. A famous LMP2 victory in the 2014 Le Mans with a British car (Zytek 015S) and an all-British driver line-up (Simon Dolan, Oliver Turvey and Harry Tincknell) was followed with further podium appearances in 2015 and 2016.
Jota Sport also took the 2017 European Le Mans Series crown before expanding in to a two car operation in the 2017 FIA WEC under the Jackie Chan DC Racing banner, named in deference to global action film icon Jackie Chan.
“What the team achieved at Le Mans a few weeks ago was nothing short of magnificent,” said Jota Sport director, David Clark. “To get a 1-2 finish in class was extraordinary but to also lead overall for so long was really a magic moment. The eyes of the world were on us for several hours and I think most people were rooting for what would have been an historic win.
“These cars are exceptional and now as quick as they have ever been. It takes great skill from the drivers to race at maximum performance for 24 Hours.
For the team, it is a massive feat of organisation, concentration and professional skill to make them last in a hostile environment out there on the track. Jota has been an acknowledged leader in privateer customer service at the highest level of international racing and the result at Le Mans was a further endorsement of this fact.”
Full information about the Goodwood Festival of Speed can be found here