After having pulled off a 4th place in-class finish at the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours, ex GT Academy champions Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez alongside veteran racer Michael Krumm have suddenly found themselves taking the third place trophy in their LMP2 class.
After an overnight long hard fought battle between them and LMP2 competitor G-Drive Racing Oreca-Nissan which was co-driven by GT Academy Russia judge Roman Rusinov, the NISMO athletes shouldn’t have felt too bad about their performances. However, due to a technical infringement with G-Drive Racing’s fuel tank being oversized, the Greaves Motorsport car moved up into third in-class and 9th overall.
Although it’s not stated how oversized their fuel tank was, the legal limit for an LMP2 car is 75 liters. Simon Dowson, G Drive’s head honcho insisted that this infringement gave them no advantage.
Coming off of his first brush with Le Mans, Jann will continue to master his craft in Formula racing while making appearances in the Blancpain Endurance Series in a RJN NISMO GT-R GT3 – the next of which will be the Spa 24 Hours.
Lucas, Jann, Peter Pyzera and Wolfgang Reip will be sharing one of the NISMO GT-R GT3′s while Alex Buncombe, Chris Buncombe (Alex’s older brother) Mark Shulzhitskiy and Steve “Dan Mitchell” Doherty will be racing in the other. Lucas and Alex have been split up by request of the BES organizers due to their outstanding pace in both qualifying and race conditions, rivaling that of the full pro cars.
Jordan Tresson, former GT Academy 2010 winner , while not a member of the NISMO crew anymore is still indeed racing. He will be piloting the very same #135 Lexus IS-F that Kazunori Yamauchi did in the VLN Endurance Racing Championship. He also guided the SP8 car to a superb third place finish in the Adenauer ADAC Simfy Trophy 4 hour race while filling in for the Gran Turismo series creator.