Young Briton to dovetail full ELMS season with existing Nissan NISMO “factory” WEC commitments
Britain’s young sportscar star Harry Tincknell will make a dramatic return to JOTA Sport to contest the full five-race European Le Mans Series this year. The 23-year-old Nissan NISMO “factory” LMP1 driver will team up with Simon Dolan and Filipe Albuquerque – the same JOTA trio who cruelly missed out on last year’s ELMS title by just four points.Tincknell has been given permission by Nissan NISMO to race the LM P2 class JOTA Sport Gibson 015S-Nissan in ELMS alongside his FIA World Endurance Championship commitments for the “factory” team. Harry had been due to debut the radical Nissan GT-R LM NISMO in the WEC “opener” at Silverstone this month. But Nissan NISMO announced recently that it would delay the car’s debut until the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.He will now compete at Silverstone over the same weekend in the first round of the ELMS, the 4 Hours of Silverstone, staged on Saturday 11 April. Although the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO will not race at Silverstone, Tincknell will be attendance on the day of the WEC race (12 Apr) with his NISMO team-mates to meet fans and the media.Tincknell joined Dolan and Albuquerque in reacquainting himself with the rebranded Gibson in an “official” ELMS test at Paul Ricard in Southern France last week (23 March). It was the first time Harry had driven the car since the 2014 ELMS finale at Estoril last October. The JOTA trio, which scored three podiums – including one win – and four pole-positions in ELMS last season, completed over 1,000-miles over the two days in a mixture of weather conditions at Ricard. Tincknell only drove on the first day before leaving for America for a Nissan NISMO test.
About Harry Tincknell . . .2015: European Le Mans Series (all 5 races) – drives Gibson 015S-Nissan for JOTA Sport. FIA World Endurance Championship – drives Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LM P1 sportscar for the Nissan NISMO LM P1 team from Le Mans 24 Hours onwards.2014: 2nd ELMS, 3 podiums inc 1 win, 4 pole positions with JOTA Sport. 1st LM P2 Le Mans 24 Hours. ELMS Rookie of the Year. FIA World Endurance Championship: Competed at Spa (2nd LM P2) and at Le Mans. BRDC Woolf Barnato Trophy.2013: 5th FIA European Formula Three Championship, 3 podiums inc 1 win, 2 poles.2012: 5th British Formula 3 International Series, 9 podiums inc 4 wins.2011: 11th British Formula 3 International Series, 3 podiums.2010: 5th Formula Renault UK Championship, 7 podiums inc 2 wins.2009: 5th Formula Renault UK Championship, 4 podium.2007-08: Karting.