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Dunlop Fills 2014 Le Mans LMP2 Podium With Jota Sport Taking Win

17-06-2014 09:03 CEST Goodyear Dunlop Norge The 15th of June, Jota Sport took the chequered flag for the 82nd running of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race with drivers Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey claiming the coveted trophies. The win is the fourth consecutive Le Mans LMP2 class victory ? a new record and the third consecutive podium clean sweep.

Dunlop Fills 2014 Le Mans LMP2 Podium With Jota Sport Taking Win The 15th of June, Jota Sport took the chequered flag for the 82nd running of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hour race with drivers Simon Dolan, Harry Tincknell and Oliver Turvey claiming the coveted trophies. The win is the fourth consecutive Le Mans LMP2 class victory ? a new record and the third consecutive podium clean sweep. Only Dunlop-shod cars featured in the top three throughout the 24 hours of racing. Dunlop teams finished the race in the top three places with three different chassis manufacturers; Zytek, Ligier and Alpine. The Ligier JS P2 car made its debut at the race making the podium finish even more of an achievement. All three cars were powered by Nissan engines. Jota Sport is a regular contender in the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and has a long association with Dunlop, competing in the ELMS along with championship leaders Thiriet by TDS Racing and Signatech Alpine who finished second and third respectively. Under the guidance of Dunlop?s engineers, teams began with a cautious strategy due to the amount of debris on the track but ultimately the soft, medium and hard compounds proved capable of double, triple and quadruple stinting with the right conditions, car set-up and tyre pressures. Race Report Thiriet by TDS Racing (Ligier) qualified on pole position but lost the lead to Jota Sport (Zytek) in the opening lap with the 35 G-Drive Racing Ligier rounding out the early top-three. KCMG made progress and after the first pit stops had moved to the front. Race Performance managed to claim the lead until Signatech?s Alpine took over in hour four who in turn conceded the top spot to the G-Drive who stayed at the front from the third-way point until the latter stages of the race. During that phase KCMG had an accident that subsequently caused a suspension failure and retirement. Although the mid-stages of the race were relatively uneventful for the podium finishers, the final hours were far from smooth, with an extended G-Drive stop for an brake problem handing the lead back to Thiriet by TDS. A minor collision in the seventh hour had dropped Jota Sport down the order but the squad managed to slowly climb the Zytek back up until it was lying in third. Thiriet by TDS then suffered from a suspension problem returning the lead to G-Drive. With less than two hours remaining, Tristan Gommendy in the Thiriet by TDS overtook the G-Drive car for the lead, with Jota?s Harry Tincknell also passing to take second. Gommendy set the first sub 3min 38sec lap which was swiftly usurped by Signatech?s Nelson Panciatici wiping another 0.005 seconds off the time to set the fastest race lap of 3:37.787, a time of nearly 0.3 seconds faster than in 2013. G-Drive was forced to pit with an engine problem, effectively ending any podium hopes. Despite needing a ?splash and dash? with 15 minutes remaining, the Jota car, driven by last minute substitute driver Oliver Turvey, emerged ahead of the Ligier to take victory. Jean-Felix Bazelin, General Manager Dunlop Motorsport Europe: “Many congratulations to Jota Sport. We have had a very good battle this year with the LMP2 class showing a great deal of competition with the different chassis. To have five different cars in such close competition for 24 hours is fantastic. We must thank our teams for working so well with us. We saw a lot of debris damage to the tyres during the test and our engineers worked closely with each team to get the best performance without pushing the boundaries too far to give the best chance of completing the race distance and that worked. We had a lot of very good feedback from the teams and drivers and we are particularly proud of our range of compounds which give choice, wide operating windows but above all performance.? Le Mans 2014 Provisional Classification (Dunlop cars in bold) 1 Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan 2 Thiriet by TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan 3 Signatech Alpine Alpine A450 Nissan 4 Sebastien Loeb Racing Oreca 03R Nissan 5 35 G-Drive Racing Ligier Nissan 6 Newblood By Morand Racing Morgan Judd 7 Oak Racing ? Team Asia Ligier JS P2 Nissan 8 Race Performance Oreca 03 Judd 9 Pegasus Racing Morgan Nissan 10 Caterham Racing Zytek Z11SN Nissan 11 SMP Racing Oreca 03R Nissan Not Classified Larbre Competition Morgan Judd Retired 26 G-Drive Racing Morgan Nissan KCMG Oreca 03 Nissan Murphy Prototypes Oreca 03 Nissan Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan SMP Racing Oreca 03R Nissan For more information on Dunlop, visit www.dunlop.eu or www.motorsport.dunlop.eu?? About Dunlop Dunlop is one of the world?s leading manufacturers of high and ultra high performance tyres with an impressive track record of motor sport successes. Dunlop?s extensive racing experience has led to innovative technologies for tyres designed for everyday motoring. 2013 was the 125th anniversary of Dunlop and our founder’s introduction of the pneumatic tyre. ?? After initial high-speed records, Dunlop celebrated its first triumph at the Le Mans 24-hour race in 1924 and is the most successful tyre manufacturer with 34 wins at the race. In 2013, Dunlop was the choice of the LMP2 champions at Le Mans and in the FIA World Endurance Championships and also the winners of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. Dunlop tyres are also proven in the top Touring Car races around the world, including the globally popular Australian V8 Supercar championship and British Touring Car Championships?? The latest Dunlop road tyres are specified for fitment on many brands of vehicle including Mercedes, Renaultsport, Jaguar, Audi, Bentley, Maserati, VW, SEAT, Mini, Toyota and BMW.

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