Nissan: Three Nissan GT Academy winners competition this weekend in a Le Mans 24 Hours

Posted on 11. Jun, 2015 by in Nissan Canada

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  • Winners of a “gamer to racer” intrigue choice for biggest engine foe in a world
  • Jann Mardenborough, Lucas Ordóñez, and Mark Shulzhitskiy entered in premier class
  • Race starts during 10 a.m. ET (3 p.m. Central European Time) on Saturday

LE MANS, France – Three prior winners of a Nissan PlayStation GT Academy, a intrigue devised to assistance virtual-reality gamers turn real-life racers, face a biggest eventuality of their lives this weekend when they attend in a Le Mans 24 Hours. When a toughest foe in a universe starts during 10 a.m. ET (3:00 p.m. internal CET) on Saturday, a star-studded motorist choice will embody initial GT Academy leader Lucas Ordóñez (ESP), 2011 GT Academy leader Jann Mardenborough (GBR), and a initial leader of GT Academy Russia, Mark Shulzhitsky (RUS).

“For me personally, to be means to foe in a tip difficulty during Le Mans after three-and-a-half years of racing with Nissan, is incredible,” pronounced Mardenborough.



The 3 GT Academy graduates are partial of Nissan’s general nine-driver entry, also taken from a worlds of Formula One and sportscar racing. They will share pushing duties, in teams of 3 drivers per car, in 3 radical Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs – a innovative and radical front-engine, front-wheel expostulate cars in a foe traditionally dominated by rear-engine, rear-wheel expostulate machinery.

Mardenborough, 24, a 2011 GT Academy winner, will share pushing duties in a array 23 GT-R LM NISMO with former Formula 1 racer Max Chilton (GBR) and sportscar ace Olivier Pla (FRA). Ordóñez, 30, leader of a initial GT Academy in 2008, and Shulzhitskiy, 25, will both share automobile array 21 with reigning Super GT Champion Tsugio Matsuda (JAP). The array 22 Nissan will be driven by NISMO’s longest-standing racer, Michael Krumm (DEU), former LM P2 difficulty Le Mans leader Harry Tincknell (GBR), and Nissan GT racer Alex Buncombe (GBR).



“For many of these drivers, this is a pinnacle,” pronounced Nissan’s tellurian motorsport director, Darren Cox. “Le Mans is a foe of their lives.”

The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is new this year and, compared to a LM P1 rivals from Audi, Porsche and Toyota, still during a comparatively early theatre in a development. The Nissan’s innovative pattern was desirous by a surprising final of a 8.5-mile (13.6km) Le Mans circuit and a high-speed corners. Winners of a foe typically cover some-more than 3125 miles (5,000km) during a 24 hours.

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About GT Academy 2015
GT Academy is a partnership between PlayStation® and Nissan that uses a practical universe of a Gran Turismo®6 diversion to unearth real-world racing talent. Now in a seventh year, GT Academy includes apart competitions for Europe (France, Italy, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic), International organisation (Australia, Mexico, North Africa, Turkey and United States) and Asia (India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Japan).

The GT Academy gift turn will be partial of a giveaway Gran Turismo®6 refurbish on PlayStation®3 (terms and conditions apply). The fastest gamers in any participating domain benefit entrance to their region’s National Final event. A array of competitors can also benefit entrance around a array of Live Gran Turismo events organized locally. The National Finals supplement driving, aptness and a media component to a gaming.

From National Finals, a movement moves onto a mythological Race Camp, where a competitors are put by their paces on lane in Nissan sports cars underneath a sharp eyes of high form judges and mentors. Winners from any foe will be invited to take partial in a complete Driver Development Programme. They could validate for an general foe permit and foe for Nissan professionally, with a possibility to potentially join Nissan’s chosen Nismo Athletes.

Previous winners of GT Academy are now unchanging racing drivers. In 2015, Jann Mardenborough (UK, leader in 2011) is racing in a World Endurance Championship for Nissan in a tip LM P1 difficulty and in GP3, a tributary array to Formula One, with a championship-winning Carlin team. Lucas Ordoñez (Spain, leader in 2008) will be racing in a Le Mans 24 Hours this year in a Nisan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 entry, alongside Mardenborough. The 2014 Champions, Gaetan Paletou (Europe) and Ricardo Sanchez (International) are competing in a Blancpain Endurance Series with a Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.

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