Jota Sport to race full FIA WEC season in 2016

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Jota Sport has announced that it will compete in the full FIA World Endurance Championship season in 2016 with an Oreca LMP2 car.

Jota currently focuses its endurance racing endeavors on the European Le Mans Series, only taking part in select rounds of the WEC.

In 2015, the team’s Gibson-Nissan car won the LMP2 class at the 6 Hours of Spa before finishing second in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

However, Jota Sport will now expand its WEC commitment to the full 2016 campaign, as confirmed in a statement on Friday.

“Jota Sport will contest the FIA World Endurance Championship with an ORECA 05-Nissan while continuing to compete in the European Le Mans Series with its venerable Gibson-Nissan next year,” it reads.

“2016 marks the first year that the British team will contest a full WEC season although it has already enjoyed considerable success in the championship.”

Team owner and driver Simon Dolan is confident that Jota Sport can maintain its good form from its occasional appearances across the full WEC season, targeting the LMP2 title in 2016.

“I am obviously very excited for Jota Sport to be competing in the 2016 WEC,” Dolan said. “We have proven over the last three years with our WEC wins at Le Mans and Spa that we will be immediately fighting for race wins while the LMP2 championship title is definitely our aim and within our grasp.

“We have been looking very closely at various chassis and I’m delighted to announce our partnership with Oreca.

“We have been very impressed with the ORECA 05 having raced against one all season in both WEC and ELMS races. It was quick straight out of the box and just as importantly, has shown remarkable reliability.

“I am confident that we have chosen the best chassis for 2016 and beyond in to the new regulations.”

Jota Sport raced at Spa and Le Mans with Dolan and ex-GP3 champion Mitch Evans, whilst Nissan’s Harry Ticknell and Formula E driver Oliver Turvey filled the third seat for one race each.

With Evans working closely with Porsche LMP1 driver Mark Webber, Jota’s commitment to a full season could offer him an opportunity to move full-time into sportscar racing from GP2.

Regardless, the presence of another team in LMP2 is only set to strengthen the class ahead of its regulation change in 2017.

Max Verstappen is PointsBet favorite to score sixth staight in 2022 Singapore Grand Prix

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Max Verstappen is the PointsBet Sportsbook odds favorite to win the 2022 Singapore Grand Prix on the Marina Bay Street course to stretch his current win streak to six consecutive. He shows odds of -200 this week.

Formula 1 did not compete in Singapore in 2020 or 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Verstappen has podium finishes in his last two attempts on this track. he was second in 2018 and third in 2019. In the first 15 races of this season, he has failed to stand on the podium only twice and has an average finish of 2.73.

With minus odds, the way to determine a payout is by subtraction. In order for a bettor to earn $100, he must wager $200 this week; with that wager, he will get back his initial stake and winnings of $100.

For bettors more comfortable with fractional odds, a bet of +300 is the same as 3/1.

Charles Leclerc is ranked second this week with +400 odds. He has two previous Singapore GP starts to his credit with a best of second in 2019. He is coming off back-to-back podium finishes with a third in the Dutch GP and a second at Monza.

Ranked third is Carlos Sainz, Jr. with a line of +1100. He has top-five finishes in four of his last five starts, but only one of these, a third in the Belgian GP, was on the podium. Sainz is one of four winners other than Verstappen this season. His victory came in the British GP.

Lewis Hamilton shows a line of +1200. His last win came last fall in the Saudi Arabian GP and the Mercedes team has struggled to contend for victory in 2022. They are improving, however, with eight top-fives in the last nine races. Hamilton has two wins in his last three Singapore starts, which came in 2017 and 2018.

Rounding out the top five is Hamilton’s teammate George Russell at +1800. He has not won, but has shown remarkable consistency with top-fives in all but one race. Notably, his only bad finish came in his home GP in England. Russell has one previous start at Marina Bay; he finished last in the 2019 race. He finished fourth in 2019 as part of a four-race streak of top-fives.

The most recent Singapore GP winner from 2019, Sebastian Vettel is a longshot at +50000.

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