Two of Britain’s leading motor racing teams are to form a partnership designed to help continue to develop the careers of young talented drivers move forward in the sport. Highly successful sportscar team, JOTA Sport, and Arden International Motorsport, a leading player in various single-seater categories, will now work closely together to help tailor the specific requirements open to drivers in terms of opportunities in both sportscar and open-wheel racing gleaned from a huge wealth of knowledge from the highly-experienced individuals in both “camps”. The association is also designed to smooth out the transition for those drivers hoping to forge a professional career path for themselves in the sportscar world as well as still being able to continue to follow career opportunities in the single seater environment
Drivers historically move from one category to another during their careers and sometimes back full circle – as JOTA Sport has experienced with Mitch Evans, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey who are all sportscar race winners. Evans remains in singles-seaters (GP2) after a two-race sportscar foray this year while Turvey has recently switched back to “open-wheel” racing with Formula E. Tincknell, a 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race winner with JOTA, moved from Formula 3 to sportscars last year and is now a Nissan NISMO “factory” driver.
Earlier this month, JOTA Sport announced that it will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship with an ORECA 05-Nissan while continuing to compete in the European Le Mans Series with its Gibson-Nissan next year. 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race winning JOTA Sport, runners-up in this year’s annual twice-around-the-clock race, currently leads the ELMS championship with just one race remaining at Estoril in Portugal (18 Oct) having finished second in the 2014 ELMS standings by a mere four-points.
“Entering into this partnership with Arden International Motorsport lays the foundations for a very exciting future for JOTA Sport.” said Sam Hignett, one of JOTA Group’s partners.
“Arden is one of the best, if not the finest, single-seater team in the UK. As sportscar racing continues to grow, the void between single-seater and sportscar teams is shrinking. We view this is a natural progression for both JOTA and Arden.”
Banbury-based Arden International Motorsport was founded by Christian Horner, Team Principal of the Infiniti Red Bull Racing Formula One team, and his father, Garry, in 1997. The team has contested the FIA Formula 3000 Championship – winning the 2002, ‘03 & ‘04 Team titles – and since then have won the GP3 championship twice in 2012 and 2013 with Mitch Evans and Daniel Kvyat respectively, ending up as Vice Champions in GP2 in 2012. Arden has also competed in FR3.5 since 2012 and finished as Vice Champions in both the teams and drivers championships .Arden continued its growth this year by entering the new MSA Formula Championship in which it is currently lying 2nd in the drivers championship in its first year.
Garry Horner. Team Principle ,CEO, Arden International Motorsport said of the agreement: “We are delighted to announce our partnership with JOTA Sport. Both teams share the same ethos, work ethic and level of professionalism and there is a natural synergy in our future ambitions, which makes this a perfect fit.”
Former Arden drivers Sébastien Buemi, Robert Doornbos, Heikki Kovalainen, Daniil Kvyat, Vitantonio Liuzzi, Sergio Pérez, Charles Pic, Carlos Sainz, Jr. and Bruno Senna all graduated to Formula One while Neel Jani, Darren Manning and Björn Wirdheim went on to contest IndyCar/ChampCar. The majority of these drivers have also raced in sportscars.