Jota Sport AMR to race new LMP1 in 2012 and 2013

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jota Sport will compete in LMP1 in 2012 and 2013 with the brand new Aston Martin Racing prototype following the marque's confirmation that it will produce a brand new car to meet the category’s latest regulations as laid out by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO).

The British squad, which became an Aston Martin Racing Official Partner Team earlier this year, will continue with its plans to race an Aston Martin Vantage in the GT Endurance Pro category of either the Le Mans Series or Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in 2011 before adding the LMP1 programme for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. The team will also seek an entry from the ACO to the Le Mans 24 Hours for its GT2 car next year and for the new open cockpit, petrol-powered LMP1 prototype in 2012 and 2013.

Confirmed drivers for the programme thus far include the team's co-owner, Simon Dolan, and Aston Martin Racing factory driver Sam Hancock, who will be loaned to Jota Sport for the majority of the programme.

Simon Dolan, co-owner/driver, Jota Sport AMR: "Having started our new relationship with Aston Martin Racing on a high with GT4 class victory in the Spa 24 Hours recently, we're really happy to have such an exciting multi-year programme confirmed so early. That's a very rare luxury at this level of motorsport and I've no doubt that it will lay some strong foundations for the development of the team."

Sam Hignett, Team Principal, Jota Sport AMR: “We’re extremely proud to be an Aston Martin Racing Official Partner team and thrilled that Aston Martin Racing has confirmed its plans to design a new LMP1 prototype to meet next year’s regulations. The team is really looking forward to racing the Vantage GT2 next year and now to have the opportunity to add the LMP1 programme from 2012, taking Jota back to its roots, is incredibly exciting news.”
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