Team JOTA Not Disappointed by Bahrain WEC Podium Near Miss
Team principal Sam Hignett has defended JOTA’s fourth-place finish in the Bahrain 8 Hours race, despite narrowly missing out on a podium position due to a drive-through penalty
The Porsche 963 LMDh, driven by Will Stevens, Yifei Ye, and Antonio Felix da Costa, was on track for a top-three finish until the penalty was handed down. However, Hignett believes that the team’s performance was still commendable.
In an interview, Hignett emphasized that the race marked only the fifth start for the Porsche 963 LMDh, making the fourth-place result a strong achievement in itself. He praised the efforts of the drivers and the entire team, acknowledging their hard work and dedication.
The team principal also acknowledged the impressive performance of the Ferrari 499P Le Mans Hypercars, which claimed the podium spot that JOTA missed out on. Despite the setback, Hignett remained optimistic about JOTA’s future prospects.
Looking ahead, Hignett expressed confidence that JOTA will continue to make progress and challenge the front-runners in future races. He highlighted the team’s commitment to improvement and credited their strong partnership with Porsche for their competitive edge on the track.
As the team reflects on their Bahrain race, they will analyze the penalty that cost them a podium finish and take any necessary measures to avoid similar situations in the future. Hignett stressed the importance of learning from setbacks and using them as motivation to come back stronger.
In conclusion, despite the disappointment of missing out on a podium finish, Team JOTA remains positive and determined. With their skilled drivers, dedicated team, and strong partnership with Porsche, they are well-equipped to tackle future challenges and aim for even better results.