JOTA Sport goes to Imola this weekend for the second round of the 2015 European Le Mans Series confident that they have the ability to repeat their success from last year.
In 2014, Simon Dolan, Filipe Albuquerque and Harry Tincknell started from pole position, won the race and set the fastest lap. With this year’s race taking place on May 16/17, the trio are looking to achieve similar results in their #38 Gibson 015S Nissan.
JOTA missed out on the driver’s and team’s championship by a very small margin in 2014, and they finished 2nd in the 2015 season opener at Silverstone – just 0.37o seconds behind the leader.
“Last year’s race was eventful,” commented Simon Dolan. “I was settled for second place then saw leader Christian Klein stopped with only minutes remaining which for me was a very nice sight. I like Imola, it’s one of my favourite tracks. As a driver you’re always so busy with no straights as such to take a breather. You are always working, always busy. There are always a lot of cars on the track and overtaking even GT cars was an issue at times in 2014 but this year’s Gibson should be much better.”
Sam Hignett of JOTA Group said: “We finished a close second in the ELMS opener at Silverstone and more recently dominated LMP2 in the Spa WEC race earlier this month [so] our aim is obviously to keep the momentum going and score strongly again at Imola so as to keep us in the title race at this early stage of the championship. We have the same trio of drivers who scored a last-gasp victory at Imola last year so everything bodes well for us.”
The 4 Hours of Imola will start on Sunday at 14:00 local (13:00 UK).