Just days after his original entry for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours was withdrawn, Oliver Turvey has been offered a late opportunity to race after being called up to join the LMP2 JOTA Sport team.

The British driver had originally been signed to compete with Millennium Racing, but persistent funding issues with the UAE-backed outfit would see the Delta-ADR prepared team forced to withdraw ahead of this year's race.

However, Turvey will now drive the JOTA Zytek in place of Marc Gene, the Audi reserve driver - who was on loan to JOTA - called up to the replace Loic Duval in the #1 R18 e-tron following the Frenchman's spectacular crash in practice.

Joining Harry Tincknell and Simon Dolan in the revised all-British driver line-up, former GP2 race winner Turvey is looking forward to getting some mileage under his belt.

"I'm really excited to be joining JOTA for Le Mans," he said. "Obviously, it's terrible to see a big accident and I hope Lo?c Duval is okay. It's going to be a little tricky going straight into Le Mans qualifying at this late stage, however I know JOTA and the Zytek car from last year, it's a great team with knowledgeable people so I hope to do the best job I can for the team.

"I've not sat in the Zytek since the last race at Paul Ricard nine months ago but I set pole-position in four of the five ELMS races last year, winning on my debut and finishing third twice along with Simon, so it's a good package.

"I made my Le Mans debut last year with JOTA, qualifying the car in third and finishing seventh in class. With Simon and Harry, who I've never raced with or against but know his calibre, I believe we have a driver line-up that should allow us to fight for a least a rostrum finish."



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