TINCKNELL MAKES DRAMATIC RETURN TO JOTA SPORT FOR EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES ATTACK
1st April 2015
Young Briton to dovetail full ELMS season with existing Nissan NISMO “factory” WEC commitments
Britain’s young sportscar sensation Harry Tincknell will make a dramatic return to JOTA Sport to contest the full five-race European Le Mans Series this year. The 23-year-old Nissan NISMO “factory” LMP1 driver will team up with Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque – the same JOTA trio who cruelly missed out on last year’s ELMS title by just four points.
Tincknell has been given permission by Nissan NISMO to race the LM P2 class JOTA Sport Gibson 015S-Nissan in ELMS alongside his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments for the “factory” team. Harry had been due to debut the radical Nissan GT-R LM NISMO in the WEC “opener” at Silverstone this month, but Nissan NISMO announced recently that it would delay the car’s debut until the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
He will now compete at Silverstone over the same weekend in the first round of the ELMS, the 4 Hours of Silverstone, staged on Saturday 11 April. Although the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will not race at Silverstone, Tincknell will be in attendance on the day of the WEC race (12 Apr) with his NISMO team-mates to meet fans and the media.
Tincknell joined Dolan and Albuquerque in reacquainting himself with the rebranded Gibson in an official ELMS test at Paul Ricard in Southern France last week (23 March). It was the first time Harry had driven the car since the 2014 ELMS finale at Estoril last October. The JOTA trio, which scored three podiums – including one win – and four pole-positions in ELMS last season, completed over 1,000-miles over the two days in a mixture of weather conditions at Ricard. Tincknell only drove on the first day before leaving for America for a Nissan NISMO test.
About Harry Tincknell . . .
2015: European Le Mans Series (all 5 races) – drives Gibson 015S-Nissan for JOTA Sport. FIA World Endurance Championship – drives Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 sportscar for the Nissan NISMO LM P1 team from Le Mans 24 Hours onwards.
2014: 2nd ELMS, 3 podiums inc 1 win, 4 pole positions with JOTA Sport. 1st LM P2 Le Mans 24 Hours. ELMS Rookie of the Year. FIA World Endurance Championship: Competed at Spa (2nd LM P2) and at Le Mans. BRDC Woolf Barnato Trophy.
2013: 5th FIA European Formula Three Championship, 3 podiums inc 1 win, 2 poles.
2012: 5th British Formula 3 International Series, 9 podiums inc 4 wins.
2011: 11th British Formula 3 International Series, 3 podiums.
2010: 5th Formula Renault UK Championship, 7 podiums inc 2 wins.
2009: 5th Formula Renault UK Championship, 4 podium.
Simon Dolan (GB). Age 45. Born: Chelmsford, Essex. Lives: Monaco (MC):
“Our Ricard test was extremely valuable. We followed our programme, recorded some decent mileage and gathered a lot of useful data about the new parts. All in all, we achieved everything we wanted to. I couldn’t be happier to have Harry back in the JOTA car for ELMS. He is undoubtedly one of the best, if not the best, LM P2 drivers on the grid, and a great team player. It’s a privilege to be sharing a car with him again.”
Filipe Albuquerque (P). Age 29. Born & Lives: Coimbra (P):
“It was a good two days testing in which we completed our scheduled test programme. The Gibson felt good on a track that does not ideally suit our car which bodes well for the season. It was great to have Harry back testing with us. Everything just felt so normal after working together last year. Simon, Harry and I finished a close second in the series last year and now the same crew will do everything it can to go one place better.”
Harry Tincknell (GB). Age: 23. Born: Exeter, Devon. Lives: Sidmouth, Devon (GB):
“Firstly, I’m very grateful to Nissan NISMO for allowing me to undertake the ELMS programme with JOTA Sport alongside my commitments for NISMO in the FIA World Endurance Championship. Of course my sincere thanks goes to JOTA for the unexpected call-up. I’m really excited to be re-united with the ‘#Mighty38’ in ELMS for a second consecutive season. As a team we work well together and it’s a great opportunity for me to get more [sportscar] mileage under my belt.
“The JOTA and Gibson guys have worked really hard on the car over the winter and new updates feel strong while we know the NISMO engine is the strongest out there in LMP2. Simon has been doing really well in winter testing and it’s great to be back with Filipe. We’ll all push each other forward again this season and I’m sure if we keep our hard working approach we can achieve great things this season.”
Sam Hignett. Partner, JOTA Group:
“The test went well at Ricard, achieving all we wanted to which is always a good feeling. We mainly focused on long ‘runs’ and proving various components designed specifically for Le Mans. Everyone at JOTA Sport is very excited to have Harry back for another season. It’s all happened late in the day but to no one’s surprise, he fitted in seamlessly with us at Ricard – the ‘dream’ team returns!”
Ben Bowlby, NISMO’s LM P1 Team Principal and Technical Director:
“It’s good to see that Harry has been snapped up again by JOTA who clearly know when they are onto a good thing! Harry is going to be a very busy chap as his test schedule continues in the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO alongside this new campaign with one of the most successful Powered By Nissan teams. They will have to find someone new for Le Mans though!”