British-based endurance racing team, Jota Sport, is to use Orcea’s 05 LMP2 car from 2016. The all-new LMP2 machine made its competition debut at the start of the 2015 season, and has already found home with the KCMG, Thiriet by TDS Racing, and Dragon Speed teams.
“Simon Dolan, Sam Hignett and David Clark have quickly established Jota Sport as a reference in motorsport, and so I’m very proud to announce that the team will run an Oreca 05 in 2016,” said Hugues de Chaunac, Group Oreca’s president. “We know Jota’s strengths quite well, since we’ve competed against them in the ELMS, and Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s a strong, high quality team that is always fighting for victory. To work with such a squad, for us as a manufacturer, is very exciting. I’ve had discussions with Jota in the past and I’m happy this has now turned into a great project. I’m convinced that the Jota Sport and Oreca 05 combination will impress.”
“I am obviously very excited for Jota Sport to be competing in the 2016 WEC,” added Simon Dolan, partner, Jota Group. “We-have proven over the last three years with our WEC wins at Le Mans and Spa that we will be immediately fighting for race wins, while the LMP2 championship title is definitely our aim and within our grasp.
“We have been looking very closely at various chassis manufacturers, and I’m delighted to announce our partnership with Oreca,” he continued. “We have been very impressed with the 05, having raced against them all season in both WEC and ELMS races. It was quick straight out of the box and just as importantly, has shown remarkable reliability. I am confident that we have chosen the best chassis for 2016 and beyond, in to the new regulations.”