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Press Release

Lucas Ordonez climbed further up the GT Academy learning curve last weekend when he was trusted with the task of qualifying the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car for yesterday’s ILMC race at Silverstone. He then shouldered the responsibility of the race start and rose to the challenge like a true professional.

The Signatech Nissan team ultimately had to take a tough result when technical problems caused some delays in the pits for the Oreca-­‐Nissan. The team, which is competing for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup title, finished in seventh place but, although it was a disappointing result, the race gave Lucas Ordonez the opportunity to take another step along the GT Academy journey. Within the team of drivers the most pressure falls on the one who qualifies and is behind the wheel for the start of the race. That job came down to Lucas and he performed just as GT Academy expected him to: like a professional racer.

“We had some problems restarting during the pit stops, the reason for which is under investigation,” explained team boss Philippe Sinault. “We lost many laps with this problem so although our pace was very good we couldn’t recover from such long delays. The most positive thing to come out of this weekend is Lucas’ performance. He did a good job for us in qualifying and then in the race he completed two very strong opening stints.”

“In a race like this you have to have no problems at all for six hours if you want to win,” said Lucas. “Unfortunately this was not our day. It was not a great result but on a personal level I am happy as I was able to get into a really good rhythm today and made no mistakes.”

GREAVES CLOSES IN ON LE MANS SERIES TITLE
The Greaves Motorsport team, which uses the same Nissan engine as the Signatech Nissan team, took its fourth win of the season today with an emphatic victory at Silverstone. The British team didn’t put a wheel wrong and the strong line up of Tom Kimber-­‐ Smith, Karim Ojjeh and Olivier Lombard has taken Greaves to within a whisker of the 2011 Le Mans Series title. The team needs to score just one point at the season finale in Estoril in two weeks time to take the title. Let’s hope they take the Moulin Rouge girls to Estoril too as they clearly bring them luck!

TUNE INTO EUROSPORT FOR “GT ACADEMY ROAD TO DUBAI”
Starting this Tuesday at 2300hrs (CET) you can follow the progress of GT Academy winners: Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough in a brand new weekly series on Eurosport. It’s a high octane, character-­‐driven look into the world of video gamers trying to make it in the world of top-­‐level professional motor racing.

ORDONEZ WINS OLD SCHOOL GAMING BATTLE
The Signatech Nissan drivers took some time out from their schedules on Saturday to try their hands at slot car racing. Nissan’s own gamer-­‐turned-­‐racer Lucas Ordonez may have won his entry to GT Academy by proving himself on the hi-­‐tech Gran Turismo 5 but yesterday he showed he is a skilled ‘old school’ gamer too by racing the slot car version of the Nissan R390 Le Mans car. Up against his team-­‐mates Franck Mailleux, Jean Karl Vernay and some members of the press the race became very competitive from the start. Unfortunately there were more crashes than clean racing laps so the winners had to be judged on style rather than lap times! The award for top journalist went to Marc Lafféas from Le Maine Libre.

GT1 TOUR OF CHINA ENDS ON THE PODIUM FOR CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS
The Nissan GT-­‐R teams completed their tour of China this weekend, racing at the Goldenport Circuit in Beijing. Championship leaders Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr had the task of recovering from 16th place on the grid for the qualifying race. They showed exactly why they are the leaders by fighting their way through to fourth place in the qualifying race and later converting this to a podium finish in the championship race. JRM has slipped to second in the team championship table but Krumm and Luhr are still riding high in the driver’s championship. With one more race weekend to go the season is set for a tense finale in Argentina.

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[/es][en]Lucas Ordonez climbed further up the GT Academy learning curve last weekend when he was trusted with the task of qualifying the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car for yesterday’s ILMC race at Silverstone. He then shouldered the responsibility of the race start and rose to the challenge like a true professional.

The Signatech Nissan team ultimately had to take a tough result when technical problems caused some delays in the pits for the Oreca-­‐Nissan. The team, which is competing for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup title, finished in seventh place but, although it was a disappointing result, the race gave Lucas Ordonez the opportunity to take another step along the GT Academy journey. Within the team of drivers the most pressure falls on the one who qualifies and is behind the wheel for the start of the race. That job came down to Lucas and he performed just as GT Academy expected him to: like a professional racer.

“We had some problems restarting during the pit stops, the reason for which is under investigation,” explained team boss Philippe Sinault. “We lost many laps with this problem so although our pace was very good we couldn’t recover from such long delays. The most positive thing to come out of this weekend is Lucas’ performance. He did a good job for us in qualifying and then in the race he completed two very strong opening stints.”

“In a race like this you have to have no problems at all for six hours if you want to win,” said Lucas. “Unfortunately this was not our day. It was not a great result but on a personal level I am happy as I was able to get into a really good rhythm today and made no mistakes.”

GREAVES CLOSES IN ON LE MANS SERIES TITLE
The Greaves Motorsport team, which uses the same Nissan engine as the Signatech Nissan team, took its fourth win of the season today with an emphatic victory at Silverstone. The British team didn’t put a wheel wrong and the strong line up of Tom Kimber-­‐ Smith, Karim Ojjeh and Olivier Lombard has taken Greaves to within a whisker of the 2011 Le Mans Series title. The team needs to score just one point at the season finale in Estoril in two weeks time to take the title. Let’s hope they take the Moulin Rouge girls to Estoril too as they clearly bring them luck!

TUNE INTO EUROSPORT FOR “GT ACADEMY ROAD TO DUBAI”
Starting this Tuesday at 2300hrs (CET) you can follow the progress of GT Academy winners: Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough in a brand new weekly series on Eurosport. It’s a high octane, character-­‐driven look into the world of video gamers trying to make it in the world of top-­‐level professional motor racing.

ORDONEZ WINS OLD SCHOOL GAMING BATTLE
The Signatech Nissan drivers took some time out from their schedules on Saturday to try their hands at slot car racing. Nissan’s own gamer-­‐turned-­‐racer Lucas Ordonez may have won his entry to GT Academy by proving himself on the hi-­‐tech Gran Turismo 5 but yesterday he showed he is a skilled ‘old school’ gamer too by racing the slot car version of the Nissan R390 Le Mans car. Up against his team-­‐mates Franck Mailleux, Jean Karl Vernay and some members of the press the race became very competitive from the start. Unfortunately there were more crashes than clean racing laps so the winners had to be judged on style rather than lap times! The award for top journalist went to Marc Lafféas from Le Maine Libre.

GT1 TOUR OF CHINA ENDS ON THE PODIUM FOR CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS
The Nissan GT-­‐R teams completed their tour of China this weekend, racing at the Goldenport Circuit in Beijing. Championship leaders Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr had the task of recovering from 16th place on the grid for the qualifying race. They showed exactly why they are the leaders by fighting their way through to fourth place in the qualifying race and later converting this to a podium finish in the championship race. JRM has slipped to second in the team championship table but Krumm and Luhr are still riding high in the driver’s championship. With one more race weekend to go the season is set for a tense finale in Argentina.

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