Le Mans 24h

Hi all,

Back home, recovered from the “marathon” of Le Mans.

The result was not the one we expected, team and drivers were ready for a podium finish, but luck was not on our side and we suffered a few mechanical issues that killed us to fight for a podium place. Anyway I came home very satisfied and happy for ending for the second time in 24 hours of Le Mans, which seems easier than it actually is.

During free practice and qualy sessions we found that our car was not designed for qualifying. Our times speak for themselves, we had a car with a balance for the race and not to fight for pole. Martin Brundle was the one who set the qualy lap, over the limits of the car he managed to score a time of 3:40.7 which placed us in P11 for the grid.

In the wet warm-up, we knew our car was very strong. And so, after Alex and Martin and I got in the car and on my first flying lap I set the fastest lap in LMP2. That gave us extra motivation for the race.

The race was tough for the #42 Greaves Nissan motorsport. After a good start of MB and then AB alternator problems forced us to pit and spend 20 minutes in the box to solve the problem. My triple stint went well with a conservative pace, we knew we had not the pace of leaders but if we kept at that time we could recover many positions. After more than 1:45h SC with Davidson’s accident left the car in the hands of MB. Time to rest in our house we had in the paddock.

My next stint was at 2.30am during 2 hours I was in the car, suffered with the throttle engaged and having trouble braking. That caused me a visit to the gravel fortunately without consequences. After another SC, I struggled to find temp in the tyres, but managed to finish a long stint having improve places in the standings.

MB and AB reported the problem with the throttle, again in the box to try to fix the problem ASAP. When I came back on track at 11.00am the throttle kept giving me problems but not as at night. That allowed me to find a good race pace. Finally achieving the fastest lap of the team in the last stint. This made me feel very good after the tough night.

MB was the one who finally crossed the checkered flag beating the Signatech Nissan in the closing stages of the race which put us in P8 LMP2.

Happy fo finishthe racebut deserved a great result. This is what makes us stronger still to return to Le Mans 2013 to fight for the victory.

Alex y Lucas: Dos viajes, un destino

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Alex Brundle y Lucas Ordoñez quizá vengan de orígenes distintos, pero los dos jóvenes pilotos están a punto de compartir un coche rápido y una ambición. Brundle y Ordoñez competirán con un Zytek con motor Nissan en las 24 Horas de Le Mans, mientras que el padre de Brundle, Martin, aporta una experiencia crucial al trío de pilotos para la clásica prueba de resistencia de los días 16 y 17 de junio.

Alex y Lucas, después de llegar desde caminos diferentes del mundo del motor, son los primeros en reconocer y entender que esta es una oportunidad única para formar parte de esta prueba especial. Para Brundle (21 años), es su paso más importante en su joven carrera; para Ordoñez (27 años), meterse en una cockpit de un coche que supera los 350 km/h en Le Mans representa la siguiente fase de un extraordinario viaje que empezó en España mientras estaba en casa, poniéndose a prueba con su PlayStation.

“Empecé hace cuatro años cuando aún estudiaba,” explica Ordoñez. “Mi padre y mis hermanos hacían carreras, y mi sueño era dar un paso más que ellos y convertirme en piloto profesional. Pero no sabía cómo. La respuesta vino cuando encontré la competición de Nissan y PlayStation.”

Ordoñez se convirtió en el primer piloto virtual que pasa a la vida real de todo el mundo cuando ganó la Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy 2008, una competición diseñada para convertir a un campeón del juego Gran Turismo en un piloto de carreras real. Con una duración de nueve meses, la Academy es una competición de pilotaje internacional que une los videojuegos y deportes de motor con la competición real en la pista. Ordoñez fue por la vía rápida en todos los sentidos para estar en primera línea.

“Tres años después de ganar la GT Academy, competí en las 24 Horas de Le Mans de 2011, terminando segundo en mi categoría”, recuerda Ordoñez. “Mi vida cambió por completo. Ha sido un sueño para mí. Me siento el hombre más afortunado del mundo.”

“Estoy realmente orgulloso de tener esta oportunidad de ganar la categoría LMP2 este año con un ex piloto de F1 y su hijo Alex. Es realmente especial para mí. Estoy aprendiendo mucho trabajando con Martin; es una experiencia fantástica.”

Alex ha elegido un camino más tradicional, similar a la que siguió su padre cuando empezó en este deporte cuando aún era joven. Después de participar en 156 Grandes Premios y de haber ganado en Le Mans, Brundle Sénior está en una posición ideal para medir el progreso de su hijo.

“Las opciones de meter a tu hijo en la F1 hoy en día son muy remotas si no tienes los medios,” afirma Martin. “Alex nos está mostrando mucho talento, pero debemos ser realistas. Veo a Alex como un piloto de Gran Turismo, en los monoplazas tendrá muy pocas opciones.”

Alex aprovechó la oportunidad cuando Martin empezó a negociar con Nissan en la idea de participar en Le Mans con Greaves Motorsport, y de allí surgió todo.

“La idea era que si mi padre participaba en Le Mans, a mi me ofrecieran la oportunidad de pilotar junto a él en el mismo proyecto de Nissan,” explica Alex. “Obviamente, esto es fantástico para mí como piloto de carreras. Por lo que hace al proyecto hasta el momento, todo el mundo ha sido muy profesional y atento. Es muy sencillo decir esto, pero realmente es verdad. Es una gran oportunidad.”

Alex y Lucas son los primeros en ver que se espera mucho de ellos en lo que será una intensa pelea por la LMP2.

“Todo el mundo sabe que en Le Mans será muy importante la categoría LMP1, por algo es la categoría reina,” afirma Lucas. “Pero yo os digo, la LMP2 será… ¡una locura! Hay 20 coches realmente competitivos y 12 de ellos tendrán motores Nissan, de modo que será una batalla muy disputada. Zytec ha hecho un muy buen trabajo con el chasis y Greaves Motorsport ya ganó esta categoría en Le Mans el año pasado. Así que todo junto, con nosotros tres pilotando, será una buena combinación.”

Ordoñez ya conoce por su experiencia durante el año pasado los secretos más allá de pilotar un coche de competición.

“Ahí es donde Martin es realmente importante en el equipo,” comenta Lucas. “Durante la semana de Le Mans, Martin debe ayudarnos a llevar la presión; mantener la calma durante la semana y ayudarnos con todos los actos con los patrocinadores a los que debemos ir. No puedes estar realmente centrado en la carrera hasta el viernes por la noche y entonces, Martin nos puede ayudar a hacer un buen trabajo con la estrategia y a estar totalmente concentrados en la carrera.”

Para Alex, la experiencia y la relación familiar han pasado a otra dimensión: un padre y un hijo que trabajan juntos.

“Hay veces en las que te apoya totalmente, y otras en las que sabe que quizás estoy haciendo algo que no está del todo bien,” explica Alex. “A veces le cuesta expresarse con la amabilidad con la que lo haría otro, pero eso les pasa a todos los padres. Por encima de todo, esto ha fortalecido nuestra relación. Siempre estamos dando vueltas a ideas sobre cómo mejorar lo que hacemos juntos. Esto nos ha dado un objetivo común.”

“Hay muchas cosas a tener en cuenta: la distancia de la carrera, entender el coche y lo que estás haciendo; tener en cuenta el tráfico, los cambios en el tiempo y nunca, bajo estas condiciones, cometer el más mínimo error. Éste es el nivel en el que competimos. Lucas y yo somos conscientes de eso. Es un reto fantástico para los tres.”

Le Mans 2012

Ya no queda nada para la cita del año. Este domingo vuelo a Le Mans donde comenzara la larga semana.

Los test oficiales del pasado domingo, nos sirvieron para clasificar tanto a Martin como a Alex para las 24h. Por la tarde conseguimos buenos registros, tenemos buenas expectativas. Espero que nos apoyéis fuerte desde donde estéis!!

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First Mission Accomplished At Le Mans

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Nissan’s 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign began in earnest today with the official test day, which saw 15 cars running with Nissan power at La Sarthe: 14 LMP2 cars and of course the Nissan DeltaWing. All of the drivers completed the mandatory 10 laps to qualify them to take part in the 2012 event.

The test marked the return of Martin Brundle to Le Mans, competing for the Greaves Motorsport team alongside his son Alex who is racing in his first Le Mans and Nissan’s first GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez. The second winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson, also took to the incredible Le Mans track for the first time today in the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car.

Martin Brundle has come back to Le Mans so he can share the experience of the world’s greatest race with his son, Alex. Taking to the track today has brought back many memories for the winner of the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours.

“I had to pinch myself in the driver’s briefing to believe that I was really here,” said Martin. “It is a rare privilege to race at Le Mans again; something I didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. We have had a good day today and it is a case of mission accomplished for us. I didn’t manage to get a single clear lap, which has never happened to me before, but we have finished the day with a nicely balanced car. It is a good starting point for our race week so it will be good to pick it up again when we come back. I was a little worried at lunchtime but we had a great afternoon and we leave Le Mans tonight very happy with the position we are in.”

Once Martin and Alex had completed their qualifying laps this morning it was the turn of Lucas Ordonez. The Spaniard finished in second place in LMP2 last year and is gunning to go one place higher this year.

“The car was a bit tricky at the rear to start with but we spent the rest of the day working through set up changes and we have found a good balance now,” said Lucas. “The car feels amazing through the Porsche Curves so that is a lot of fun every lap. I think we are in a good position with the car for next week. I felt a little rusty this morning but today has blown away the cobwebs and I’m ready for Le Mans!”

After the successful Le Mans debut of Lucas Ordonez in 2011, Jordan Tresson becomes the second GT Academy winner to be promoted through the ranks to the Le Mans 24 Hours. With Jordan in the Signatech Nissan and Lucas in the Greaves Nissan, this is the first time that two GT Academy winners will compete against each other in a world-class event.

“Today has been amazing for me,” said Jordan. “I first came here two years ago as a spectator, then last year I was here working as an engineer. To be here as a driver though is something else, especially taking an LMP2 car through the Porsche Curves at full racing speed. I have been practicing day and night on my PlayStation and I must say that GT5 is very accurate. We did a lot of hard work today and we feel like we are used to the track now.”

The track action will resume in just 10 days time when the teams take to the track for the first practice session for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours where a quarter of the grid will be powered by Nissan.[/es]

Nissan’s 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign began in earnest today with the official test day, which saw 15 cars running with Nissan power at La Sarthe: 14 LMP2 cars and of course the Nissan DeltaWing. All of the drivers completed the mandatory 10 laps to qualify them to take part in the 2012 event.

The test marked the return of Martin Brundle to Le Mans, competing for the Greaves Motorsport team alongside his son Alex who is racing in his first Le Mans and Nissan’s first GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez. The second winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson, also took to the incredible Le Mans track for the first time today in the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car.

Martin Brundle has come back to Le Mans so he can share the experience of the world’s greatest race with his son, Alex. Taking to the track today has brought back many memories for the winner of the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours.

“I had to pinch myself in the driver’s briefing to believe that I was really here,” said Martin. “It is a rare privilege to race at Le Mans again; something I didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. We have had a good day today and it is a case of mission accomplished for us. I didn’t manage to get a single clear lap, which has never happened to me before, but we have finished the day with a nicely balanced car. It is a good starting point for our race week so it will be good to pick it up again when we come back. I was a little worried at lunchtime but we had a great afternoon and we leave Le Mans tonight very happy with the position we are in.”

Once Martin and Alex had completed their qualifying laps this morning it was the turn of Lucas Ordonez. The Spaniard finished in second place in LMP2 last year and is gunning to go one place higher this year.

“The car was a bit tricky at the rear to start with but we spent the rest of the day working through set up changes and we have found a good balance now,” said Lucas. “The car feels amazing through the Porsche Curves so that is a lot of fun every lap. I think we are in a good position with the car for next week. I felt a little rusty this morning but today has blown away the cobwebs and I’m ready for Le Mans!”

After the successful Le Mans debut of Lucas Ordonez in 2011, Jordan Tresson becomes the second GT Academy winner to be promoted through the ranks to the Le Mans 24 Hours. With Jordan in the Signatech Nissan and Lucas in the Greaves Nissan, this is the first time that two GT Academy winners will compete against each other in a world-class event.

“Today has been amazing for me,” said Jordan. “I first came here two years ago as a spectator, then last year I was here working as an engineer. To be here as a driver though is something else, especially taking an LMP2 car through the Porsche Curves at full racing speed. I have been practicing day and night on my PlayStation and I must say that GT5 is very accurate. We did a lot of hard work today and we feel like we are used to the track now.”

The track action will resume in just 10 days time when the teams take to the track for the first practice session for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours where a quarter of the grid will be powered by Nissan.

[ja]Nissan’s 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours campaign began in earnest today with the official test day, which saw 15 cars running with Nissan power at La Sarthe: 14 LMP2 cars and of course the Nissan DeltaWing. All of the drivers completed the mandatory 10 laps to qualify them to take part in the 2012 event.

The test marked the return of Martin Brundle to Le Mans, competing for the Greaves Motorsport team alongside his son Alex who is racing in his first Le Mans and Nissan’s first GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez. The second winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson, also took to the incredible Le Mans track for the first time today in the Signatech Nissan LMP2 car.

Martin Brundle has come back to Le Mans so he can share the experience of the world’s greatest race with his son, Alex. Taking to the track today has brought back many memories for the winner of the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours.

“I had to pinch myself in the driver’s briefing to believe that I was really here,” said Martin. “It is a rare privilege to race at Le Mans again; something I didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. We have had a good day today and it is a case of mission accomplished for us. I didn’t manage to get a single clear lap, which has never happened to me before, but we have finished the day with a nicely balanced car. It is a good starting point for our race week so it will be good to pick it up again when we come back. I was a little worried at lunchtime but we had a great afternoon and we leave Le Mans tonight very happy with the position we are in.”

Once Martin and Alex had completed their qualifying laps this morning it was the turn of Lucas Ordonez. The Spaniard finished in second place in LMP2 last year and is gunning to go one place higher this year.

“The car was a bit tricky at the rear to start with but we spent the rest of the day working through set up changes and we have found a good balance now,” said Lucas. “The car feels amazing through the Porsche Curves so that is a lot of fun every lap. I think we are in a good position with the car for next week. I felt a little rusty this morning but today has blown away the cobwebs and I’m ready for Le Mans!”

After the successful Le Mans debut of Lucas Ordonez in 2011, Jordan Tresson becomes the second GT Academy winner to be promoted through the ranks to the Le Mans 24 Hours. With Jordan in the Signatech Nissan and Lucas in the Greaves Nissan, this is the first time that two GT Academy winners will compete against each other in a world-class event.

“Today has been amazing for me,” said Jordan. “I first came here two years ago as a spectator, then last year I was here working as an engineer. To be here as a driver though is something else, especially taking an LMP2 car through the Porsche Curves at full racing speed. I have been practicing day and night on my PlayStation and I must say that GT5 is very accurate. We did a lot of hard work today and we feel like we are used to the track now.”

The track action will resume in just 10 days time when the teams take to the track for the first practice session for the 2012 Le Mans 24 Hours where a quarter of the grid will be powered by Nissan.