By: Kobe Lambeth
JOTA Sport has confirmed that ex-Formula One driver, Giedo van der Garde, will run for the LMP2 championship in the European Le Mans Series. He previously drove for the Caterham F1 Team in 2013 and has been searching for a “quality” ride since his departure from Formula One.
I am excited to watch Giedo in his LMP2 debut because I know he is a very talented driver. He did not get to showcase his talents in Formula One as he drove for a backmarker team. However, he will definitely show the sportscar racing world how good he can be!
Giedo van der Garde will drive alongside JOTA Sport regular, Simon Dolan and a third driver (not announced yet). Giedo will also make his debut in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. It is always wonderful to see drivers with Formula One experience fly down the Mulsanne Straight.
The ex-F1 driver said, “To make my debut with JOTA Sport this season is a very good start to the year. I’ll do my utmost to be successful for JOTA during ELMS, but also in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, one of the biggest events in racing. It is a huge challenge, but a dream come true. I can’t wait to go flat out.”
I predict that Giedo is going to have a special season in Europe, although it is his first year with LMP2 machinery. How do you think Giedo will do in his debut season in the European Le Mans Series?
Simon Dolan said, “I am very much looking forward to sharing a car with Giedo this season. He has a very strong pedigree in racing and I am sure he will be a great asset to the team. From what I have heard he has already made a good impression at the workshop and it is evident he is hungry to forge a good career in endurance racing. 2016 is a big year for JOTA Sport with an expanded program, so there is a lot of hard work to come, but also a lot to look forward to. We cannot wait to get started.”
This is going to be a strong lineup and I cannot wait to who they pick as their third driver for this season of the European Le Mans Series. It was previously announced that JOTA Sport will also field an Oreca 05 Nissan in the FIA World Endurance Championship. I believe running two different cars in separate series is going to be beneficial when the new LMP2 rules arrive in 2017. Oreca is one the four LMP2 constructors and the cars are going to be powered by a spec-Gibson engine. Very smart thinking for JOTA Sport to run an Oreca chassis in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the continuation of using the Gibson engine in the European Le Mans Series. I believe that they will be ready for 2017!
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