Jota Sport Reunites With Zytek January 19th, 2012
Second team to race 2011’s most successful LMP2
Success breeds success. A second team is to run one of Zytek’s championship winning Z011SN LMP2 prototypes in this year’s European Le Mans Series and, entry permitting, at Le Mans itself. Kent-based Jota Sport has announced this week that it will join Greaves Motorsport to race 2011’s most successful LMP2 car.
The move recreates Zytek and Jota’s close partnership of the mid-2000s. Jota first ran its own Zytek 04S in the then Le Mans Series of 2004 and 2005, finishing second overall at Monza in 2005. During the second of these years, it was Zytek’s sole representative in the Le Mans 24-hours, running as high as fifth overall towards the end. The following season it scored more podium places running the factory LMP1 06S in the LMS, at Le Mans and in the final rounds of the American Le Mans Series. In 2007 it again partnered with Zytek to enter the final two rounds of the ALMS.
Jota regular drivers Sam Hancock, who raced the team’s Zytek 04S in 2005, and Simon Dolan will pilot the Zytek Z011SN during 2012 with more detailed plans from the team expected in the near future.
Said Zytek Engineering Operations Director John Manchester, “Both Jota and Zytek have enjoyed an excellent relationship over many years and to have the opportunity to be working alongside Jota again on a new LMP2 project is very exciting indeed. Jota has a great pedigree in motor sport and, now with the combination of the Zytek Z011SN chassis, I am sure that it is going to make a big impact in the LMP2 category over the coming seasons.”
The Zytek Z011SN dominated the 2011 European LMP2 season. At Le Mans, the Greaves Motorsport entry scored an emphatic win in the LMP2 class, six laps ahead of its nearest rival. Greaves also took the Le Mans Series team and drivers’ titles, winning the LMP2 category in three out of the five rounds. Now Jota joins Greaves with the two teams looking forward to underlining Zytek’s authority over the class.