Oliver Turvey has completed Jota Sport’s line-up for the defense of the British team’s Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 title. The 28-year-old Briton partners Simon Dolan and Mitch Evans in the Gibson 015S Nissan.
Turvey, a McLaren Formula 1 test and development driver who is also competing in the Japanese Super GT Championship this year, will be making his third consecutive Le Mans appearance with JOTA.
In 2013, the Renault 3.5 and GP2 Series race winner, partnered Dolan and Luhr to seventh place in LM P2 and last year won the category with Simon and Harry Tincknell, placing a praiseworthy fifth overall.
The former Cambridge University student received a last minute call-up last June when Audi Sport Team Joest reserve driver Marc Gené was unexpectedly recalled to the German squad following the accident of Loïc Duval in Wednesday’s practice session.
Jota Sport Team Principal Sam Hignett telephoned Turvey that evening and Oliver was present to compete in Thursday evening’s qualifying session.
Despite not having sat in the then Zytek, this year rebranded a Gibson, since Le Mans 12 months earlier and not having raced in 2014 up until that point Turvey, Dolan and Tincknell scored LMP2 victory.
“This year I’ll have a little more time to prepare and aim for my second win at Le Mans,” Turvey said. “I’ve yet to test the Gibson and in fact I haven’t driven an LMP2 sportscar since crossing the finish line at Le Mans last year.
“I have heard positive feedback on the Gibson chassis for this year and can’t wait to get into the car at the Le Mans test day which will be my only opportunity to test ahead of the race week – but then that’ll be more than I had last year.”
The reigning Le Mans LMP2 champions who recently conquered the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (2 May), will take part in the official Test Day at Le Mans on May 31 with this year’s twice-around-the-clock race staged over June 13-14.