Formula Renault 3.5 and GP3 race winner Nick Yelloly will transfer to a full-time sportscar career with JOTA Sport in the European Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Yelloly will share JOTA Sport’s renamed Gibson 015S LMP2 prototype (formerly the Zytek Z11SN) with team owner Simon Dolan and Audi works driver Filipe Albuquerque.
The 24 year old Briton, who finished 6th in GP3 last year, first sampled the Nissan-powered Gibson in a private test at Estoril last month.
He will replace Harry Tincknell in the team’s line-up after Tincknell was recently called up to Nissan’s LMP1 programme in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
In addition, JOTA Sport will announce the third driver for their FIA WEC outings at Spa-Francorchamps and Le Mans later this month.
“I’m really pleased to get this opportunity and to be able to race with a team that set Harry Tincknell on the road to success,” Yelloly said.
“A number of single-seater guys, such as [Porsche driver] Brendon Hartley and Harry, have successfully made the switch over to sportscars and I have always dreamt of racing a LMP1 prototype at Le Mans.”
“Sportscars will be my only programme this year and the decision was very simple: the category is now getting much bigger compared with some top-line single-seater categories and the racing intrigues me, so who could turn down competing at Le Mans?”
Nick Yelloly will join JOTA Sport for the official ELMS test at Paul Ricard on March 23-24.