What a year for Nissan!

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“2011 has been an incredible year for Nissan’s motorsport activities with Championship wins across the board and a huge amount of focus and dedication getting its just rewards. We are very proud of all of our partner teams for the incredible efforts they have made this year. We are also immensely proud of our GT Academy winners and the team that has taken them through a thorough selection process and development programme to prepare them for their moment in the spotlight. GT Academy has come of age this year and shown that the
drivers it produces are not playing games any more. In June, Lucas discovered that taking to the Le Mans track in the dark just after a rain shower is as real as it gets. GT Academy is real and it works, on every level.”
Darren Cox, Nissan Europe Chief Marketing Manager Crossover and Sports Cars

VICTORY AT ZHUHAI ROUNDS OFF A WINNING YEAR FOR NISSAN AND GT ACADEMY

The Signatech Nissan team took victory in the season-closing Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race at Zhuhai in China yesterday. This result marks the end of an incredible season for the first GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordonez. He has earned a place on the podium five times this year but the most memorable was second place at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s easy to forget that just over three years ago Lucas was playing a
Playstation game on his sofa and now he is swapping fastest lap times with top professional racing drivers.

GT ACADEMY COMES OF AGE

Even from day one we suspected that GT Academy would unearth some incredible talent. Surely the pin sharp hand/eye coordination you need to be a top gamer could translate to the race cockpit? With the right training could a gamer become a racer? Our results in 2011 prove that GT Academy works, both in terms of creating professional racing drivers and in terms of delivering a robust communications platform for the Nissan brand. We have developed a strict selection process and a development programme that will prepare a racing driver for anything. We are producing champions.

NISSAN POWER ROMPS HOME

The ‘Powered by Nissan’ programme has been a huge success with a Nissan-powered car winning every single LMP2 round of the Le Mans Series and the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport team taking the title.
Nissan-powered cars finished first and second in class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, providing top honours in the toughest endurance race of them all.
The GT4 spec Nissan 370Z again proved its credentials by winning the GT4 European Endurance Championship. Bob Neville and his team have again done us proud in developing the GT Academy winners and preparing them for the Dubai 24 Hours and everything that lies ahead of that.

GLOBAL GLORY FOR THE NISSAN GT-R

The Mola GT-R team were crowned Japanese Super GT Champions in 2011. Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr finished the FIA GT1 World Championship on a high by taking the World Driver’s Championship. They fought for every inch in 2011 and took the No.23 Nissan GT-R all the way to the top. The GT3 spec Nissan GT-R also made its debut in 2011 and has an exciting future ahead of it in the various GT3 Championships.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR NISSAN?

The next chapter of the GT Academy story belongs to Jann Mardenborough. Our first British winner will be in the hot seat in more ways than one when he competes in the Dubai 24 Hours in January. We’ll tell you more about Dubai soon but we can promise you it will be a thrilling weekend. In the meantime follow Jann’s journey on Eurosport every Tuesday night in “GT Academy: Road to Dubai”.[/es]

“2011 has been an incredible year for Nissan’s motorsport activities with Championship wins across the board and a huge amount of focus and dedication getting its just rewards. We are very proud of all of our partner teams for the incredible efforts they have made this year. We are also immensely proud of our GT Academy winners and the team that has taken them through a thorough selection process and development programme to prepare them for their moment in the spotlight. GT Academy has come of age this year and shown that the
drivers it produces are not playing games any more. In June, Lucas discovered that taking to the Le Mans track in the dark just after a rain shower is as real as it gets. GT Academy is real and it works, on every level.”
Darren Cox, Nissan Europe Chief Marketing Manager Crossover and Sports Cars

VICTORY AT ZHUHAI ROUNDS OFF A WINNING YEAR FOR NISSAN AND GT ACADEMY

The Signatech Nissan team took victory in the season-closing Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race at Zhuhai in China yesterday. This result marks the end of an incredible season for the first GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordonez. He has earned a place on the podium five times this year but the most memorable was second place at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s easy to forget that just over three years ago Lucas was playing a
Playstation game on his sofa and now he is swapping fastest lap times with top professional racing drivers.

GT ACADEMY COMES OF AGE

Even from day one we suspected that GT Academy would unearth some incredible talent. Surely the pin sharp hand/eye coordination you need to be a top gamer could translate to the race cockpit? With the right training could a gamer become a racer? Our results in 2011 prove that GT Academy works, both in terms of creating professional racing drivers and in terms of delivering a robust communications platform for the Nissan brand. We have developed a strict selection process and a development programme that will prepare a racing driver for anything. We are producing champions.

NISSAN POWER ROMPS HOME

The ‘Powered by Nissan’ programme has been a huge success with a Nissan-powered car winning every single LMP2 round of the Le Mans Series and the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport team taking the title.
Nissan-powered cars finished first and second in class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, providing top honours in the toughest endurance race of them all.
The GT4 spec Nissan 370Z again proved its credentials by winning the GT4 European Endurance Championship. Bob Neville and his team have again done us proud in developing the GT Academy winners and preparing them for the Dubai 24 Hours and everything that lies ahead of that.

GLOBAL GLORY FOR THE NISSAN GT-R

The Mola GT-R team were crowned Japanese Super GT Champions in 2011. Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr finished the FIA GT1 World Championship on a high by taking the World Driver’s Championship. They fought for every inch in 2011 and took the No.23 Nissan GT-R all the way to the top. The GT3 spec Nissan GT-R also made its debut in 2011 and has an exciting future ahead of it in the various GT3 Championships.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR NISSAN?

The next chapter of the GT Academy story belongs to Jann Mardenborough. Our first British winner will be in the hot seat in more ways than one when he competes in the Dubai 24 Hours in January. We’ll tell you more about Dubai soon but we can promise you it will be a thrilling weekend. In the meantime follow Jann’s journey on Eurosport every Tuesday night in “GT Academy: Road to Dubai”.

[ja]“2011 has been an incredible year for Nissan’s motorsport activities with Championship wins across the board and a huge amount of focus and dedication getting its just rewards. We are very proud of all of our partner teams for the incredible efforts they have made this year. We are also immensely proud of our GT Academy winners and the team that has taken them through a thorough selection process and development programme to prepare them for their moment in the spotlight. GT Academy has come of age this year and shown that the
drivers it produces are not playing games any more. In June, Lucas discovered that taking to the Le Mans track in the dark just after a rain shower is as real as it gets. GT Academy is real and it works, on every level.”
Darren Cox, Nissan Europe Chief Marketing Manager Crossover and Sports Cars

VICTORY AT ZHUHAI ROUNDS OFF A WINNING YEAR FOR NISSAN AND GT ACADEMY

The Signatech Nissan team took victory in the season-closing Intercontinental Le Mans Cup race at Zhuhai in China yesterday. This result marks the end of an incredible season for the first GT Academy graduate, Lucas Ordonez. He has earned a place on the podium five times this year but the most memorable was second place at the Le Mans 24 Hours. It’s easy to forget that just over three years ago Lucas was playing a
Playstation game on his sofa and now he is swapping fastest lap times with top professional racing drivers.

GT ACADEMY COMES OF AGE

Even from day one we suspected that GT Academy would unearth some incredible talent. Surely the pin sharp hand/eye coordination you need to be a top gamer could translate to the race cockpit? With the right training could a gamer become a racer? Our results in 2011 prove that GT Academy works, both in terms of creating professional racing drivers and in terms of delivering a robust communications platform for the Nissan brand. We have developed a strict selection process and a development programme that will prepare a racing driver for anything. We are producing champions.

NISSAN POWER ROMPS HOME

The ‘Powered by Nissan’ programme has been a huge success with a Nissan-powered car winning every single LMP2 round of the Le Mans Series and the Nissan-powered Greaves Motorsport team taking the title.
Nissan-powered cars finished first and second in class at the Le Mans 24 Hours, providing top honours in the toughest endurance race of them all.
The GT4 spec Nissan 370Z again proved its credentials by winning the GT4 European Endurance Championship. Bob Neville and his team have again done us proud in developing the GT Academy winners and preparing them for the Dubai 24 Hours and everything that lies ahead of that.

GLOBAL GLORY FOR THE NISSAN GT-R

The Mola GT-R team were crowned Japanese Super GT Champions in 2011. Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr finished the FIA GT1 World Championship on a high by taking the World Driver’s Championship. They fought for every inch in 2011 and took the No.23 Nissan GT-R all the way to the top. The GT3 spec Nissan GT-R also made its debut in 2011 and has an exciting future ahead of it in the various GT3 Championships.

WHAT’S NEXT FOR NISSAN?

The next chapter of the GT Academy story belongs to Jann Mardenborough. Our first British winner will be in the hot seat in more ways than one when he competes in the Dubai 24 Hours in January. We’ll tell you more about Dubai soon but we can promise you it will be a thrilling weekend. In the meantime follow Jann’s journey on Eurosport every Tuesday night in “GT Academy: Road to Dubai”.

NY Marathon, 6h Zhuhai, Tokyo…

Hello friends,

What a nice 2 weeks I have had. From working on the Nissan Live Malaga to spend 2 days in New York to run the Marathon, fly to Hong Kong for the final round in Zhuhai with a victory and after I came to Tokyo for 3 days to have a meeting in Polyphony Digital (Gran Turismo)

Let’s start with New York

A few months ago Nissan offered me the chance to run the famous NYC Marathon in November 6, from the beginning I said YES, the problem was my tight schedule with the race in Zhuhai (China). My team gave the go ahead to attend the marathon but not to complete the 42 km route, as it was evident the risk of injury and also had to reserve forces to take a 16-hour flight to Hong Kong and compete at 100% performance in Zhuhai.


 

I loved the Marathon. Was an amazing experience. My intention was to run only 8 miles but because of how fun it was being with thousands of people in the streets, shouting, singing, musicians, families, etc. I ran over 16 miles, wanted to finish with Jann (GT Academy winner 2011) and Elliot our coach but decided to stop, it was very risky and only 6 h after I had to take a plane to HK, so I think I did the right thing, I hope to return next year with better schedule!

Zhuhai 6h (China)

After a hard jet lag time came the free practice of the last meeting of the ILMC. We made the circuit lap recognition the day before , I did not like very much the track to be honest. All 90 degree and two semi-fast corners.

The worst of the week in China was the food, the funny thing is that the last day Edoardo Mortara said there was an Italian restaurant close to our Hotel, had dinner of 3 huge plates! We were really tired abou eating only rice. So at least the last day we had a good dinner.

Coming back to the race, free practice went pretty well. We worked hard in the setup of the car as it was very much oversteer under braking and understeer in slow-mid corners, so we work with aerodynamics, roll-bar, tyre pressure’s … etc. I managed the best team time in both sessions and the fastest in LMP2 so very pleased with my work.

On Saturday I did not work in the car as it was the turn of my team-mates in the free 3 and Franck made the qualifier, making the pole for Signatech Nissan.

Sunday 13th was a very important day for the team. Had to win the last round of the championship to end a fantastic season. And so we did, after slight problems with tyre pressure’s, a front light and water temperature, we achieved a deserved victory in Chinese territory. My teammates did an excellent job and I was very pleased rolling in laps, very consistent with the lowest fuel consumption. A great end of season, good for my future. There in Zhuhai was presented the calendar of the new FIA World Endurance Championship 2012 (WEC). A new feature will be 8 races including Le Mans, Brazil, Japan and Bahrain as new destinations!

Tokyo

After the great result of Zhuhai, I took a flight to Tokyo. I wanted to seize the opportunity and visit the facilities of Polyphony Digital and Kazunori-san. As a gift I give him one of my racesuits of this season. Only 2 days in Tokyo but really enjoyed visiting Ginza district and the parks of the Imperial Palace. The visit to Polyphony was incredible, seeing all the team who founded the most complete simulator of all time was quite an experience. After the visit I had dinner with Kazunori-san and some of his team. It was nice talk with him about the future and try to do projects together.

Thank you for your support Nissan, Signatech, D-Noise and all fans&friends!

I’ll be back soon with updates!