In a press conference held this Wednesday (3) morning in Russia, JOTA Sport, which already had ambitious plans for the 2016 season, announced that will do a joint effort with the Gazprom sponsored team G-Drive Racing for the 2016 season , involving entries in the FIA World Endurance Championship and in the European Le Mans Series, which were previously confirmed by the British squad.
The cars and drivers remain to be the previously announced ones for JOTA, who are Harry Tincknell, JOTA Sport owner Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde, in charge of the Gibson 015S in ELMS, which was a major force in the continental championship, while Roman Rusinov, Nathanaël Berthon and a third still to be announced will assume the ORECA 05 that will race in the FIA WEC, with the Russian squad trying to defend its class title. At the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Gibson machine will feature open wheel youngster Jake Dennis in place of Tincknell, due to JOTA's link with the famous junior formula team Arden Motorsport.
G-Drive used Onroak Automotive cars in 2014 and 2015 as OAK Racing was responsible for the operation of the team, but with they were left without cars as the French team switched its focus to the operation of the Tequila Patrón ESM team, and with the split, all the drivers except Rusinov left G-Drive. The switch also means that they will return to ORECA machinery after using the ORECA 03 model in 2013. Berthon makes the upgrade leaping from the ORECA 03R from Murphy Prototypes to the ORECA 05 of JOTA/G-Drive, two weeks after leaving Team Aguri and the FIA Formula E championship.
JOTA Sport published that updates of the program will come this Thursday (4), although they didn't confirm the topics to be talked.
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