Stopping Nissan LMP1 project “probably the right decision” says Tincknell


Nissan factory driver Harry Tincknell has said it was a “shame” that the public could never see the innovative LMP1 car run with its hybrid system in full force.

Speaking to The Checkered Flag at the Autosport International Show Tincknell – who won the LMP2 class with Jota Sport at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans – admitted it was best for Nissan to move on and keep looking for the next opportunity.

He said: “The biggest shame really is that it never ran in its full guise of how its designed with the hybrid deploying to the rear to give four-wheel drive off the corners. We’ll never really know how good it could have been which is a real shame and for me it was sort of the dream ticket into LMP1!

“I think in the end it was probably the right decision and we just have to keep going on and keep looking for the next opportunity. But I’m still with Nissan, doing a lot of stuff with them and Jota Sport run Nissan engines so it is still fantastic to be associated with such a fantastic brand.”

Thankfully for Tincknell, he already has a drive confirmed for 2016 as he re-joins his team mate of two years Simon Dolan in the Gibson 015S in the European Le Mans Series with new team mate Giedo van der Garde.

He added: “Any racing driver knows it’s good to get a deal done early and know you’re going to be racing in something because this time of year is when all the contracts are being sorted out so to know that’s signed is fantastic.

“I’m really looking forward to it, Jota are a great team, we have a lot of fun and we’ve had a lot of success over the last couple of years. I really enjoy driving with Simon and it will be good to see how Giedo gets on.

The Exeter born driver is looking forward to both teaching his new team mate tricks of the sportscar trade, as well as learning some tricks himself from his ex-Formula One team mate.

Giedo van der Garde will take up sportscar racing in 2016 Photo Credit: Caterham F1 Team
Giedo van der Garde will take up sportscar racing in 2016 Photo Credit: Caterham F1 Team

“He’s never done sportscars before so hopefully I can give him a bit of help with some of the stuff and at the same time he’s very experienced from Formula One, a winner in GP2 and the rest of it so I’m sure that we can bounce off each other.”

Tincknell added: “Me and Filipe [Albuquerque] were similar last year, you push each other on because obviously you learn from each other and of course we help Simon go as quick as he can as well. When you’ve got two really strong drivers in a line-up they just help push each other on even more and makes the team even more competitive.”

He’ll definitely be hoping his new team mate can prove the difference, in his last two seasons in the ELMS, Jota has finished within three points of the title both times and he’s hoping that 2016 can prove to be third time lucky for Simon Dolan and himself.

“I think we could have easily won it once and even possibly both years so we really need to nail it this year. I think each year we’re getting stronger and we’re certainly getting faster and faster and he’s doing a great job so I think that we have to keep working hard and keeping our heads down and keep doing what we are doing but certainly the ingredients are there and we really need to nail it this year.”