JOTA Sport has announced for one of their cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship plus the Asian Le Mans Series.
It will be the same three drivers, who are going to share the car throughout the 2021 season.
Stoffel Vandoorne, Tom Blomqvist and Sean Gelael will share the ORECA 07 Gibson #38 LMP2 car.
Vandoorne has a bit of FIA WEC LMP1 experience from SMP Racing, that he had two outings for during the 2018/19 season, after Jenson Button left the team. The two race programmes will be in addition to his Formula E programme for Mercedes.
Tom Blomqvist raced three races for BMW in the GTE Pro category during the 2018/19 season, in addition to a one-race LMP2 deal with Extreme Speed Motorsports in 2015. He raced for Hub Auto Racing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020, so he has tried a bit of everything. He also has Formula E experience, having previously raced for Andretti and Jaguar, and has a deal with NIO for the 2021 season.
Sean Gelael has primarily raced in single-seaters, where he has done five and a half seasons in GP2/Formula 2. He has had a bit of LMP2 flavour added to that in the FIA WEC, European Le Mans Series, and in fact also the Asian Le Mans Series 2015/16, where he did two races, and won both of them alongside Antonio Giovinazzi.
Blomqvist and Gelael were actually teammates back in 2014 in the European Formula 3 Championship, where they both raced for Carlin.
We haven’t seen the design of the car just yet, but there is usually some sort of KFC link on the car, since Sean Gelael’s dad has the KFC franchise deal in Indonesia.
JOTA Sport will bring a single car to the Asian Le Mans Series under their own name, plus support Era Motorsport with their effort. They are expected to enter two LMP2 cars in the FIA WEC under their own name.
The Asian Le Mans Series starts on 4 February, with four races at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, with four races being held within two and a half weeks, while the FIA World Endurance Championship is scheduled to start on 19 March at Sebring in Florida.