YELLOLY SWITCHES FROM SINGLE-SEATERS TO COMPLETE JOTA SPORT’S EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES TRIUMBRANT
4th March 2015
Young Briton excited about maiden sportscar season including making Le Mans debut
Nick Yelloly switches from a successful single-seater career to complete JOTA Sport’s 2015 European Le Mans Series squad – a maiden sportscar season that will also see the young Briton making his Le Mans 24 Hour race debut.
The 24-year-old multiple GP3 Series and Formula Renault 3.5 Series race winner will line-up with Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque in this year’s ELMS with the trio aiming to go one better compared to last season and win the five-race series.
Dolan and Yelloly will also race the Gibson 015S at Le Mans in June with the British team targeting a second consecutive LM P2 victory. JOTA’s third Le Mans driver will be revealed later this month because Albuquerque competes in the 24 hour race for Audi Sport Team Joest – JOTA Sport enjoying a strong on-going relationship with the German team for a second consecutive year.
Yelloly began in motorsport 10 years ago via the traditional route of karting leading in to single-seaters. Having finished fifth in the 2012 Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the West Midlands-based driver claimed sixth place in the GP3 Series for the past two years.
Nick is scheduled to test the JOTA Sport Nissan-powered Gibson, which will once again race on Dunlop tyres with continued support from Hiscox and Oneserve, later this month.
A two-day “official” ELMS test at Paul Ricard is scheduled over 23-24 March in which the anticipated 34-car grid – featuring 12 LM P2 class sportscars – will be in attendance. The opening race is staged at Silverstone on 11 April.
About Nick Yelloly . . .
2015: European Le Mans Series (all five races) & FIA World Endurance Championship (two races, Spa & Le Mans).
2014: 6th GP3 Series, four podiums inc one win.
2013: 6th GP3 Series, four podiums. Formula Renault 3.5 Series, one race.
2012: 5th Formula Renault 3.5 Series, four podiums inc two wins.
2011: 21st GP3 Series, one podium. 14th Formula Renault 3.5 Series, one podium from six races.
2010: 7th Formula Renault UK Championship, three podiums inc one win. Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, two races.
2009: 19th Formula Renault UK Championship, 12 points-scoring finishes. 2nd Formula Renault UK Winter Cup, two podiums from four races.
2008: 14th Formula Renault UK Winter Cup, points-scoring finishes every race. 8th Super 1 National KF1 Championship (kart).
2007: 15th Super 1 National KF1 Championship (kart).
2006: 11th Junior TKM Intermediate (kart).
Simon Dolan (GB). Age 45. Born: Chelmsford, Essex. Lives: Monaco (MC):
“I am very happy to be driving alongside Nick. He is demonstrably super fast, and whilst he has very big boots to fill in those of Harry Tincknell, I am sure he will adapt to sports cars very quickly. It should be another very exciting season.”
Filipe Albuquerque (P). Age 29. Born & Lives: Coimbra (P):
“I believe that we’ve a great driver line-up for ELMS. I’ve never raced with Nick because of our age difference but of course I know of him from GP3.
“I enjoyed working with Nick at Estoril. His experience will help him a lot to get used to the LM P2 sportscar. I could immediately see that he is a young driver with a lot of willingness to learn. The pace that he showed at the test confirms we have a very good squad.”
Nick Yelloly (GB). Age: 24. Born: Cannock, Staffordshire. Lives: Solihull, West Midlands:
“I’ve never raced a sportscar and tested one for the very first time early in February so 2015 will be a completely new experience for me and one that I’m eagerly looking forward to. Having had that first taste of sportscars when JOTA Sport tested at Estoril, I have no doubt that the transition will be very smooth. When I got in to the Gibson it only took a few laps for me to acclimatise to the driving different style.
“Sportscars will be my only programme this year and the decision was very simple. The sportscar category is now getting much bigger compared to some top-line single-seater categories, the racing intrigues me having to master new skills from almost continuous overtaking to fuel saving, and who could turn down competing at Le Mans! A number of single-seater guys have successfully made the switch over to sportscars like Brendon Hartley and Harry Tincknell. I have always dreamt of racing a LM P1 sports-prototype at Le Mans.
“Joining JOTA Sport was logical after its massively successful year in 2014. I’m really pleased to get this opportunity and to be able to race with a team that put Harry Tincknell on the road to success. My aims for 2015 are exactly the same from when I began in motorsport 10 years ago and that is to win. JOTA was the ELMS runner-up and so the target must be to go one better and replicate its Le Mans success. I can’t wait for the new challenge that lies ahead.”
Sam Hignett. Partner, JOTA Group:
“Having taken Oliver Turvey and more recently Harry Tincknell from single-seaters to sportscars, we have been keeping a close eye on up and coming British talent.
“Nick is right at the top of that list and we are thrilled to be able to put a deal together to get him at JOTA Sport. He’s already proven to be extremely professional and fast and we are looking forward to working with him so that he establishes himself in sportscar racing.”