Road Atlanta – Wednesday

Only two hours of testing today. Thanks to Peugeot and Oreca doctors I recovered from headaches during the session. We were fastest in LMP2, I have made ​​good times with tires over 40 laps to 79! The Signatech Nissan is on the pace!! Tomorrow we have a long day of testing till the night!

Road Atlanta – Tuesday

Yesterday we run at Road Atlanta race track for first time. It was a very productive test day. The track is really hard to learn with blind corners, up’s and downs… It remember be as a roller coaster. I felt not in perfect conditions but I’m sure I’ll be fine for the race.

Today we had a easy day. Scrutineering of our Car, overalls…etc then free time for us but the Team had a tough day rebuilding the car with a different engine for tomorrow’s test.

Here is the picture from Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Baseball match. Was good fun but we lost…

[ja]Yesterday we run at Road Atlanta race track for first time. It was a very productive test day. The track is really hard to learn with blind corners, up’s and downs… It remember be as a roller coaster. I felt not in perfect conditions but I’m sure I’ll be fine for the race.

Today we had a easy day. Scrutineering of our Car, overalls…etc then free time for us but the Team had a tough day rebuilding the car with a different engine for tomorrow’s test.

Here is the picture from Phillies vs Atlanta Braves Baseball match. Was good fun but we lost…

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Lucas Ordoñez ondeando la bandera de GT Academy en USA

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2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez is on track in the USA this week for the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The ILMC joins the American Le Mans Series for Petit Le Mans; a tough, 10-­‐hour race, on the fast and furious Road Atlanta race track.

“After Le Mans itself, Petit Le Mans is probably the most exciting race of the season,” said Lucas. “It has a rich history and the track is very famous and challenging for drivers. It will be interesting to race against the American Le Mans Series cars again. I think we showed them what the Nissan engine is capable of at Sebring back in March so I hope we can show them again that we have a competitive package. They will have an advantage over us as most of them will know the track but all three of us are ready for it.”

“I haven’t raced at Road Atlanta before,” he continued. “Unfortunately the track isn’t on the PS3 so I have spent a lot of time in a simulator and watching laps on You Tube. It looks like it will be a huge challenge as, typically for an American circuit, there is little run-­‐off but there are some fast corners, a good long back straight and lots of ups and downs.”
As always Signatech Nissan is racing to win and there is a lot at stake in the remaining two rounds of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

“We extended our championship lead at the last race so we have our sights set very firmly on the championship now,’ said Lucas. “My personal focus is on doing a good job in the race though as that is the only way to fight for the title. It’s going to be a tough ten hours.”

MEANWHILE IN EUROPE…
Greaves Motorsport took Nissan all the way to the top at Estoril last weekend, winning the LMP2 Le Mans Series title in style. The point scored by Tom Kimber-­‐Smith for taking pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session was all the team needed to seal the deal. This didn’t stop them going all out in Sunday’s six-­‐hour race though and they duly took second position and celebrated both the second place and the championship win on the podium.

It wasn’t just Greaves flying the Nissan flag at Estoril as the LMP2 class was won by TDS Racing’s Oreca-­‐Nissan, adding a winner’s trophy to the one they collected at Spa earlier this year. It was looking like a Nissan 1-­‐2-­‐3 but the Boutsen Racing Oreca-­‐Nissan faltered on the penultimate lap after running so strongly in second place.

Greaves’ Zytek-­‐Nissan combination has notched up an amazing hat trick of wins in the Le Mans Series, in addition to their incredible victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
“We went into this season with a clear aim to be up there fighting for wins and podiums,” said Team Manager, Jacob Greaves. “But to come away with as much as we have done is just incredible. It’s down to a combination of the right chassis, the right engine, the right team and the right drivers. All of this together has created a fairytale season for Greaves Motorsport.”

Jacob went on to pay tribute to the winning driver squad of Karim Ojjeh, Tom Kimber-­‐Smith and Olivier Lombard.

“Karim announced his retirement from the Le Mans Series before the race today,” said Greaves. “He has achieved what he set out to achieve and has done an amazing job. He has been a real pleasure to work with and we have some fond memories from the last two years. Tom joined us at late notice for the first round of the season after having been out of international racing for a while. He took on the role of No.1 driver immediately and hasn’t put a foot wrong all season. His pole position lap yesterday was a special lap. Olivier joined us at Le Mans after having driven only 10 laps in the car so to be part of the winning team proves he has been a tremendous find for us. He was very strong at Imola and Silverstone and his performance at the start of today’s race really showed he is a star of the future.”

WHAT’S NEXT?
ILMC: Petit Le Mans, USA 29 September-­‐1 Oct – Lucas Ordonez in action for Signatech Nissan Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone 8-­‐9 October – Jordan’s season finale at Silverstone FIA GT1: San Luis, Argentina 5-­‐6 November – Final round of the GT1 World Championship

LIVE FROM ROAD ATLANTA
Qualifying takes place at Road Atlanta this Friday at *1530hrs and the 1000 mile/10 hour Petit Le Mans race gets underway on Saturday at 1130hrs. Follow the action at www.americanlemans.com and as always on www.radiolemans.com. *All times are -­‐6hrs CET

[ja]2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez is on track in the USA this week for the penultimate round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. The ILMC joins the American Le Mans Series for Petit Le Mans; a tough, 10-­‐hour race, on the fast and furious Road Atlanta race track.

“After Le Mans itself, Petit Le Mans is probably the most exciting race of the season,” said Lucas. “It has a rich history and the track is very famous and challenging for drivers. It will be interesting to race against the American Le Mans Series cars again. I think we showed them what the Nissan engine is capable of at Sebring back in March so I hope we can show them again that we have a competitive package. They will have an advantage over us as most of them will know the track but all three of us are ready for it.”

“I haven’t raced at Road Atlanta before,” he continued. “Unfortunately the track isn’t on the PS3 so I have spent a lot of time in a simulator and watching laps on You Tube. It looks like it will be a huge challenge as, typically for an American circuit, there is little run-­‐off but there are some fast corners, a good long back straight and lots of ups and downs.”
As always Signatech Nissan is racing to win and there is a lot at stake in the remaining two rounds of the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

“We extended our championship lead at the last race so we have our sights set very firmly on the championship now,’ said Lucas. “My personal focus is on doing a good job in the race though as that is the only way to fight for the title. It’s going to be a tough ten hours.”

MEANWHILE IN EUROPE…
Greaves Motorsport took Nissan all the way to the top at Estoril last weekend, winning the LMP2 Le Mans Series title in style. The point scored by Tom Kimber-­‐Smith for taking pole position in Saturday’s qualifying session was all the team needed to seal the deal. This didn’t stop them going all out in Sunday’s six-­‐hour race though and they duly took second position and celebrated both the second place and the championship win on the podium.

It wasn’t just Greaves flying the Nissan flag at Estoril as the LMP2 class was won by TDS Racing’s Oreca-­‐Nissan, adding a winner’s trophy to the one they collected at Spa earlier this year. It was looking like a Nissan 1-­‐2-­‐3 but the Boutsen Racing Oreca-­‐Nissan faltered on the penultimate lap after running so strongly in second place.

Greaves’ Zytek-­‐Nissan combination has notched up an amazing hat trick of wins in the Le Mans Series, in addition to their incredible victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June.
“We went into this season with a clear aim to be up there fighting for wins and podiums,” said Team Manager, Jacob Greaves. “But to come away with as much as we have done is just incredible. It’s down to a combination of the right chassis, the right engine, the right team and the right drivers. All of this together has created a fairytale season for Greaves Motorsport.”

Jacob went on to pay tribute to the winning driver squad of Karim Ojjeh, Tom Kimber-­‐Smith and Olivier Lombard.

“Karim announced his retirement from the Le Mans Series before the race today,” said Greaves. “He has achieved what he set out to achieve and has done an amazing job. He has been a real pleasure to work with and we have some fond memories from the last two years. Tom joined us at late notice for the first round of the season after having been out of international racing for a while. He took on the role of No.1 driver immediately and hasn’t put a foot wrong all season. His pole position lap yesterday was a special lap. Olivier joined us at Le Mans after having driven only 10 laps in the car so to be part of the winning team proves he has been a tremendous find for us. He was very strong at Imola and Silverstone and his performance at the start of today’s race really showed he is a star of the future.”

WHAT’S NEXT?
ILMC: Petit Le Mans, USA 29 September-­‐1 Oct – Lucas Ordonez in action for Signatech Nissan Blancpain Endurance Series: Silverstone 8-­‐9 October – Jordan’s season finale at Silverstone FIA GT1: San Luis, Argentina 5-­‐6 November – Final round of the GT1 World Championship

LIVE FROM ROAD ATLANTA
Qualifying takes place at Road Atlanta this Friday at *1530hrs and the 1000 mile/10 hour Petit Le Mans race gets underway on Saturday at 1130hrs. Follow the action at www.americanlemans.com and as always on www.radiolemans.com. *All times are -­‐6hrs CET[/en]

ORDONEZ TO FLY THE GT ACADEMY FLAG IN USA

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PR from Nissan Europe, preview of Petit Le Mans (Road Atlanta, USA)