Open-wheel rising star Jake Dennis will make his LMP2 debut next year, having been selected by Jota Sport and Arden International to take part in the FIA WEC Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and 24 Hours of Le Mans for the British squad.
The 20-year-old Briton, who will step up to GP3 with Arden, will pilot Jota’s Gibson 015S Nissan, which has been designated primarily for the European Le Mans Series.
It’s believed Dennis will be filling the seat of Nissan factory driver Harry Tincknell, who drove for Jota this year in the ELMS but is slated to compete full-time in WEC next year with the revised Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.
“This is a fantastic opportunity for me – an absolute win-win situation for sure,” Dennis said.
“Not only do I get to take another step up the single-seater ladder with one of the top teams in GP3 but I also get my first taste of endurance racing with a Le Mans LMP2 class-winning team as well.
“I can’t thank the RSF, Arden and Jota Sport enough for setting this up for me.
“The chances it gives me to showcase what I’m capable of in front of probably the two biggest audiences in motorsport will be invaluable as I progress my career.”
Dennis is the first driver to benefit from Jota and Arden’s new partnership to develop new talent across both teams.
“This program for Jake is exactly what Arden and Jota have joined together to create and we are delighted that our partnership is benefiting a driver of his caliber,” said Arden general manager Julian Rouse.
Jota has yet to confirm the remainder of its ELMS lineup beyond Simon Dolan, who will be back for a full season.
The British team will also field an Oreca 05 Nissan in the FIA World Endurance Championship with a to-be-announced lineup.