Following the all-British Jota team’s huge success at the recent Le Mans 24-hour race, Lord March has given them a late invitation to the Festival of Speed. The team, which is based on the Kent/Sussex border, won the LMP2 class and finished a remarkable fifth overall.
Their Zytec car was manufactured in Derbyshire, and it even ran on Dunlop tyres made in Birmingham. Over the 24 hours, the Jota covered 356 laps, which is 3016 miles at an average speed of 125.14mph. (By means of comparison, the winning Audi R18 covered 379 laps.)
All three class-winning drivers have accepted their invitation to FoS and will be driving the Zytec up the hill over the course of the weekend. So you’ll see Simon Dolan, businessman and part-time racer, and pro racers Harry Ticknell and Oliver Turvey each take a turn at the wheel. The former was at Le Mans for the first time in 2014, the latter was making only his second visit – making the victory all the sweeter.
Said Oliver Turvey: ‘Driving up the Goodwood hill is always amazing but it will be a particularly special feeling to get back into the Jota Zytek that I crossed the finishing line in at Le Mans.’
Turvey wasn’t actually scheduled to drive at Le Mans this year. Marc Gene was due to drive the Zytec but, as Audi’s reserve driver, he was required to drive the German car at the last minute. Jota had to find a driver that the ACO would be happy to join the race at such a late stage, so a call was made to Turvey on the Wednesday before the race. He arrived at Le Mans on the Thursday morning – which is later than a lot of spectators turn up!
That must have made the win all the sweeter. Cheer them on when you see them at FoS!