The #37 Jota Sport-run Jackie Chan DC Racing crew which is set to compete in this year’s FIA WEC, will receive engineering support from Arden Motorsport as part of Jota’s ties with the team.
The Arden-Jota partnership has been active since 2015, and is set to continue with engineer Ashley Edwards set to work with the crew for at least the races at Silverstone and Spa to open the season.
“We are combing Jota and Arden’s capabilities to further accelerate the engineering strength for the WEC programme with Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Sport this season,” said Jota director Sam Hignett.
“As similar sized and resourced companies we have been co-operating for the last two seasons but this is one of the most visible ways in which we can pool together our knowhow and benefit from extending a strong engineering ethos in our two-car programme in WEC this season,” continued Hignett. “Julian (Rouse) and I share the same principals in meeting very high standards to be top private teams, so it makes sense for us to share and maximise this engineering skill.”
Edwards, who has previous experience in Superleague Formula, F3, V8 World Series and GP3, has some prior experience at Le Mans but has been embedded in the LMP2 WEC team to solidify the already strong technical ability within the two-car Jota run ORECA-Gibson effort in 2017.
“It was interesting to attend the test with the Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Sport guys last week and although the weather spoilt one of the days it was still very productive,” said Edwards
“The focus is on further understanding the new LMP2 class and how to maximise the average speed across the three drivers which, as always, will be the key this season,” continued Edwards. “I know Tristan (Gommendy) well from my Super league Formula days so it was great to work with him again and to be reminded of what a great professional he is.”
The Jackie Chan DC Racing X JOTA Sport duo of ORECA-Gibson’s will be in action next weekend, when the FIA WEC circus heads to Silverstone for the first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship next weekend.