'It's going to be a little tricky,' he says
Oliver Turvey (in photo) will race for JOTA Sport in this weekend’s Le Mans 24 Hours (14-15 June).
The 27-year-old received a last minute call-up last night (Wednesday 11 June) from the British team that is aiming for LM P2 class honours.
Marc Gené, Audi Sport’s “reserve” driver who had been loaned to JOTA, was recalled by the German team to substitute for Loïc Duval who, despite not suffering any injuries after a massive accident in official practice yesterday (Wednesday), has been advised not to take any further part in the Le Mans event.
Turvey flies out from Southend-on-Sea to the Le Mans airfield this morning in a JOTA Aviation aircraft and will complete administrative checks before conducting his mandatory laps during the opening qualifying session this evening from 6pm (BST).
Oliver, 27, raced for the JOTA Sport team in last year’s European Le Mans Series, with Dolan, and also at Le Mans.
“I’m really excited to be joining JOTA for Le Mans. Obviously, it’s terrible to see a big accident and I hope Loïc Duval is okay. It’s going to be a little tricky going straight into Le Mans qualifying at this late stage, however I know JOTA and the Zytek car from last year, it’s a great team with knowledgeable people so I hope to do the best job I can for the team.
“I’ve not sat in the Zytek since the last race at Paul Ricard nine months ago but I set pole-position in four of the five ELMS races last year, winning on my debut and finishing third twice along with Simon, so it’s a good package.
“I made my Le Mans debut last year with JOTA, qualifying the car in third and finishing seventh in class. With Simon and Harry, who I’ve never raced with or against but know his calibre, I believe we have a driver line-up that should allow us to fight for a least a rostrum finish.”