Jota Sport is evaluating the possibility of expanding its sportscar programme next season with the addition of a second LMP2 prototype.
The Kent-based squad, which had planned to contest the full European Le Mans Series campaign before the championship curtailed its calendar, enjoyed much success after graduating to the FIA World Endurance Championship where it scored an incredible class victory on debut at Spa against the established full-season WEC entries.
Further strong outings at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June and then Silverstone in late August again demonstrated the potential of its #38 Zytek Z11SN Nissan, which has proven a potent weapon in a class widely-regarded as the championship’s most competitive.
The scale of success throughout this year has therefore prompted the team to expand further in 2013 by potentially adding a second LMP2 car to its roster. No championship has yet been decided upon, with the WEC and ELMS both still under consideration.
The team worked miracles to be ready for the season-opening ELMS round in March after receiving their new Zytek chassis less than a week before the race. Jota Sport has therefore opted to skip the rescheduled ELMS finale at Petit Le Mans this October in favour of conducting further detailed development work closer to home in order to be fully prepared for 2013.
Meanwhile, plans to hold a driver evaluation test at the end of this season are currently under discussion, with those looking to further their careers in sportscar racing invited to contact the team.
Sam Hignett, Jota Sport Team Principal: “We’ve enjoyed some incredible success considering this was our first year back in the prototype ranks since Le Mans 2008, and that’s given us the confidence to expand the team’s commitment in 2013. The Zytek-Nissan package offers a great platform from which to be competitive right away, something that was seen after no testing prior to Paul Ricard and against the WEC field at Spa where we won, so our preference would be to run a second chassis next year.
“Simon Dolan’s staggering progression from novice to World Championship LMP race winner inside four years also demonstrates that the team and car are perfectly suited to helping gentleman drivers develop into professionals. We are fully committed to continuing our prototype programme in 2013 and would be delighted to hear from all of those interested in testing with us later this year.”
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