Tincknell Determined to Take Series Lead in France
Harry Tincknell is in attack mode for a maximum points haul at Paul Ricard on Sunday (14 Sep) which would earn him and the British JOTA Sport team the lead in the European Le Mans Series.
Sidmouth's reigning Le Mans 24 Hour race LM P2 category champion has placed first (Imola) and second (Red Bull Ring) in the last two ELMS races which leaves the team and drivers Tincknell, Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque placed second – just four points off the lead in the standings.
The 3.6-mile Paul Ricard track at Le Castellet near Marseille in Southern France is the penultimate round of the five-race ELMS competition.
In last year’s corresponding Ricard race, JOTA started from pole-position and finished third with its Dunlop-shod Zytek-Nissan which has proven ultra-competitive again this season.
The Four Hours of Paul Ricard is scheduled to start at 12noon (BST) on Sunday. Two free practice sessions are held on Saturday with the 20mins qualifying session for the expected near 40-car grid on Sunday morning (8.30am BST) – the JOTA Zytek bidding to maintain its 100% record of starting this year’s ELMS races from pole-position.
Harry Tincknell (GB). Age: 22. Born: Exeter, Devon. Lives: Sidmouth, Devon (GB):
“I’ve raced at Ricard twice previously, once in SpeedEuroseries in 2011 and also in Formula Three the same year but was there with JOTA at the beginning of this year for the ELMS test.
“While it’s physically quite easy, it’s pretty tough mentally because there are many long corners where you can't see the apexes so you are constantly looking much further ahead then you would on other tracks. The key to a good lap is to hook up the final sector.
"We’ll be on maximum attack, just like at Imola and the Red Bull Ring. We’ll have a good crack at going for ‘pole’ again and then we’ll be pushing as hard as possible in the race.”