TINCKNELL AIMING FOR THIRD TIME LUCKY IN EUROPEAN LE MANS SERIES WITH JOTA SPORT
Briton bids for Drivers’ title having narrowly been denied for past two years
Britain’s Harry Tincknell will compete for the prestigious European Le Mans Series title for a third consecutive year with JOTA Sport. Tincknell, 24, has been cruelly denied the coveted ELMS Drivers’ “crown” for the past two years.
Tincknell will race JOTA’s venerable Gibson-Nissan with Simon Dolan and Giedo van der Garde, in this year’s six-race series that begins on “home” soil for Harry and JOTA at Silverstone on 16 April. Despite claiming more top-three podium race finishes over the past two years than any other non JOTA driver, Tincknell has ultimately finished second (2014) and third (2015) in the final championship standings – cruelly denied title honours by just four-points on both occasions.
After switching from a successful single-seater career in 2014 which had seen Harry achieve multiple race wins in Formula Renault and Formula Three throughout Europe, his progress in the sports car category has been meteoric which led to him becoming a “factory” Nissan NISMO driver last year for its LM P1 development and race programme.
In 2014, Tincknell achieved three ELMS podiums from five race starts with Harry claiming four front row starts – including three pole-positions. On his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at Spa-Francorchamps that year, Tincknell finished second (LM P2) before claiming an amazing fifth overall and class honours in the Le Mans 24 Hours in only Harry’s fourth ever sports car race.
Harry recorded four podium finishes in five ELMS races last season –including one win. He personally achieved three front row starts – including two “poles” – from three qualifying attempts and two fastest race laps. In addition, Tincknell won LM P2, and set the fastest class race lap, for JOTA Sport in the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps and competed in the Le Mans 24 Hours for the “factory” Nissan NISMO team last June.
Harry’s sports car career at a glance:
14 races (ELMS & WEC): 1st (x4), 2nd (x3), 3rd (x3), 4th (x2), 5 personal poles, 3 fastest race laps.
Harry Tincknell (GB). Age: 24. Born: Exeter, Devon, England. Lives: Sidmouth, Devon, England:
“I’m delighted to have re-signed with JOTA Sport for a third consecutive year. We’ve had a lot of success together over the past two seasons and I believe we’ve grown stronger as a team each year. My aim is to win the European Le Mans Series Championship title. We’ve come really close for the past two years and we need to nail it this year – and I firmly believe we can. The atmosphere at JOTA is absolutely fantastic and the team is going from strength to strength. It’s great to be working with Simon again. He definitely had his best year of racing in 2015 and we work very closely together. I feel Simon and I, together with Giedo [van der Garde], can take another step forward in 2016 and bring home the championship.”