British driver Nick Yelloly will not be a part of JOTA Sport’s international sportscar programme this year.
The former GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 front-runner was announced as JOTA’s third driver earlier this month, but ‘other commitments’ have forced him to part company with the British-based team.
Yelloly had initially agreed to drive for JOTA in all five rounds of the ELMS, as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship races at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans. He had previously stated that endurance racing would be his only avenue of competition this year, after he made the decision to seek experience away from single seaters.
JOTA Sport will continue its pre-season preparation at this week’s official ELMS test days at Paul Ricard (March 23-24), with Dolan and Albuquerque on driving duties in the Gibson 015S Nissan.
JOTA Sport partner Sam Hignett said, “Unfortunately Nick is not now part of JOTA Sport’s 2015 plans. Since our announcement earlier this month it transpires conflicting elements and commitments mean its best we go our separate ways with immediate effect.”
“Paul Ricard will enable us to amass further mileage on the revised Gibson and with every lap we are learning about the car. It’s also the first time that all of this year’s LMP2 competitors will be on the same track at the same time. So at the end of the two days, we’ll have a good idea on where we are in terms of competitiveness.”
The first round of the 2015 ELMS season takes place at Silverstone on April 11.