Oliver Turvey has been confirmed as JOTA Sport’s third driver for next month’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 28 year old will be aiming to defend the LMP2 title that he won with the British team last year, joining forces with team owner Simon Dolan and GP2 star Mitch Evans in the #38 Gibson 015S Nissan.
Turvey effectively comes in as a replacement for full-time ELMS driver Harry Tincknell, who will representing Nissan in the LMP1 class. Last year Turvey, Tincknell and Dolan won the LMP2 category for the first time after holding off fierce opposition from the likes of Thiriet by TDS Racing and Signatech Alpine.
After playing such a crucial role in last year’s race, McLaren F1 test driver Turvey is relishing his opportunity of returning to La Sarthe with the competitive JOTA squad.
“I am absolutely delighted to be returning to the Le Mans 24 Hours with JOTA Sport and to be able to defend our LMP2 win from last year,” he said. “JOTA are a great bunch of guys and a team that I feel at home with. Le Mans is a phenomenal race that I fell in love with on my first attempt and one that I want to win outright one day.”
“Last year of course was very special for me, ending up on the top step of the podium after a last-minute call up was an amazing feeling and a great moment in my career.”
“It’ll be great to have Ollie on board again for Le Mans,” added Dolan. “He’s proven to be very quick, very safe and a consummate team player. I am very much looking forward to challenging for the win again with him and Mitch this year.”
This month will be a busy one for the recent 6 Hours of Spa winners, with the Imola-based second round of the ELMS taking precedence on May 17, followed by the Le Mans Test Day on May 31.