Jota Sport signs Yelloly for ELMS and Le Mans

GP3 and Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Nick Yelloly has signed for reigning Le Mans 24 hours LMP2 champion Jota Sport.

The 24-year-old will partner Simon Dolan and Filip Albuquerque in the Gibson-Nissan LMP2 car for the entire ELMS campaign.

Yelloly will also race for Jota Sport at the Le Mans 24 Hours and Spa 6 Hours FIA WEC race.

Yelloly, who has competed in GP3 for the last two seasons, has already tested the Jota LMP2 car at Estoril and Aragon last month.

He will continue his preparation for a switch to endurance racing in the official ELMS test at Paul Ricard in just over two weeks' time.

"Sportscars will be my only programme this year and the decision was very simple," said Yelloly.

"The sportscar category is now getting much bigger compared to some top-line single-seater categories, the racing intrigues me having to master new skills from almost continuous overtaking to fuel saving, and who could turn down competing at Le Mans!

"A number of single-seater guys have successfully made the switch over to sportscars like Brendon Hartley and Harry Tincknell. I have always dreamt of racing a LM P1 sports-prototype at Le Mans."

Jota is set to announce another driver who will deputise for Albuquerque at the Spa FIA WEC race in May and Le Mans the following month. The Portuguese racer will compete in these events for Audi Sport Team Joest in its No.9 entered R18 e-tron quattro.

Motorsport.com understands that Jota Sport is close to completing a deal and that the driver could be announced ahead of the Paul Ricard test later this month.

Sam Hignett, Partner in the JOTA Group, said of Yelloly's signing: "Having taken Oliver Turvey and more recently Harry Tincknell from single-seaters to sportscars, we have been keeping a close eye on up and coming British talent.  

"Nick is right at the top of that list and we are thrilled to be able to put a deal together to get him at JOTA Sport. He's already proven to be extremely professional and fast and we are looking forward to working with him so that he establishes himself in sportscar racing."

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Series WEC
Drivers Sam Hignett , Brendon Hartley , Oliver Turvey , Simon Dolan , Harry Tincknell , Nick Yelloly
Article type Breaking news
Tags jota sport