Geneva Motor Show

Hello guys,

Last weeks have been really busy for me and Nissan… Launch of Nissan motorsports plans, Greaves Nissan team with Martyn and Alex Brundle in London at the Motorsport hall of fame, seat fitting at Zytek, Nissan Germany dealers convention and now here I am at Geneva motor show!

I’m enjoying the event with Nissan people, journalists and guests. What really impress me is the Nismo Juke concept and as well really like the lines of new Invitation. About Nissan Nismo Juke I’m delighted of it’s sporty lines and the exciting design in the interior.

What’s next? Well, tomorrow will be my last day here (dressing my racesuit on the stand) and then I’ll fly to Paul Ricard. First 2 days of testing with my new team, Greaves Motorsport. I’m really looking forward to test the new Zytek Nissan and share the car with super fast Tom Kimber Smith and the Brundles! Will be great to see how the team works and share my feedback with Martyn.

More updates soon….

Lucas

[ja]Hello guys,

Last weeks have been really busy for me and Nissan… Launch of Nissan motorsports plans, Greaves Nissan team with Martyn and Alex Brundle in London at the Motorsport hall of fame, seat fitting at Zytek, Nissan Germany dealers convention and now here I am at Geneva motor show!

I’m enjoying the event with Nissan people, journalists and guests. What really impress me is the Nismo Juke concept and as well really like the lines of new Invitation. About Nissan Nismo Juke I’m delighted of it’s sporty lines and the exciting design in the interior.

What’s next? Well, tomorrow will be my last day here (dressing my racesuit on the stand) and then I’ll fly to Paul Ricard. First 2 days of testing with my new team, Greaves Motorsport. I’m really looking forward to test the new Zytek Nissan and share the car with super fast Tom Kimber Smith and the Brundles! Will be great to see how the team works and share my feedback with Martyn.

More updates soon….

Lucas

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Nissan confirms drivers for 2012 motorsport programmes

Nissan Europe announces 2012 drivers, all of whom have graduated from the Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy: Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough.

 

The first three graduates of GT Academy – Lucas Ordonez, Jordan Tresson and Jann Mardenborough – will compete for Nissan in 2012 in three of the world’s top endurance racing series.

As 26 year-old Spaniard Lucas Ordonez demonstrated at the Le Mans 24 Hours last year, GT Academy is now a proven process, turning out drivers who are ready to race against top international competition. Ordonez is GT Academy’s greatest success story to date and he has now joined Greaves Motorsport’s European Le Mans Series campaign in order to take his next challenge. He will be racing for overall championship honours in an LMP2 Zytek-Nissan alongside Tom Kimber-Smith and Alex Brundle.  At the Le Mans 24 Hours he will race with Martin and Alex Brundle.

“2011 was an incredible year for me,” said Ordonez. “I learned a lot with Signatech Nissan.  They believed in me and trusted me to get the job done.  Nissan has set me my next challenge: an overall championship victory. With two top team-mates and a championship-winning team I am aiming to win the European Le Mans Series outright. The Le Mans 24 Hours will again be a big challenge for me and I’m very much looking forward to racing with Martin (Brundle) as I will learn a lot from him. With Martin, Alex and myself I think we will have one of the strongest line-ups in LMP2. It feels great to be able to say that!”

The driver with the steepest learning curve in 2012 is 23 year-old Frenchman Jordan Tresson.  The 2010 GT Academy winner has completed a championship-winning debut season in GT racing but is now stepping up to the LMP2 class of the new FIA World Endurance Championship with Signatech Nissan.  He will also follow in Ordonez’s footsteps by competing at the Le Mans 24 Hours this summer.

“I am taking a very big step up from GT racing to LMP2 this year,” said Tresson. “I have tested the car already and it is so quick through the corners! I will have to work hard but I am ready for it. Racing at Le Mans, especially for a French driver, is a special dream. To be racing with a French team, both at Le Mans and in the FIA World Endurance Championship at so many legendary race tracks, is almost more than I can imagine. It will not be an easy year. Our opponents will be tough; the LMP2 class is big and there will be many cars with Nissan engines. I can’t wait to get started on our test programme now as this is shaping up to be the biggest opportunity of my life.”

The youngest and newest recruit is 20 year-old Jann Mardenborough. The British driver won the third season of GT Academy just a few months ago.  He has been through the rigorous GT Academy training programme in preparation for a season in the Blancpain Endurance Series where he will race Nissan’s new GT3 race car: the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.

“A year ago I was on a gap year and hadn’t even applied to enter GT Academy and now I’m heading into my first full season as a racing driver,” explained Mardenborough. “I have had an incredible six months on the GT Academy driver development programme where I have been thoroughly knocked into shape by a group of instructors who I am sure will be lifelong friends.  I’m super excited about racing the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. There are no nerves, I just want to crack on and test the new car. Starting the season at Monza in April will be a big moment for me and I can’t wait!”

 Download Lucas Ordonez biography

Dubai Marina Race Juke-R vs Supercars

Here is the show race after 24 hours of Dubai. This is an event organised in Dubai Marina. The complex was closed and build a fun track, slow but with several curves where we could drive sideways and give a good show.

Juke-R and myself qualified first, in second place Lamborguini then followed by 458 and SLS.In the race as you will see the Juke-R behaved perfectly,with great traction and awesome power!

Enjoy it

[ja]Here is the show race after 24 hours of Dubai. This is an event organised in Dubai Marina. The complex was closed and build a fun track, slow but with several curves where we could drive sideways and give a good show.

Juke-R and myself qualified first, in second place Lamborguini then followed by 458 and SLS.In the race as you will see the Juke-R behaved perfectly,with great traction and awesome power!

Enjoy it
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DUBAI 24H 2012

Nissan in action Dunlop 24H Dubai 2012

• Nissan’s 2012 racing season gets underway next week in Dubai
• First ever all-gamer line-up competing for glory
• 2011 Champions to give the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 its 24 hour debut

After a season of astonishing success in 2011, which saw Nissan win championship titles across the board, the 2012 season is revved up and ready to go next week at the Dunlop 24H DUBAI. There will be three Nissan cars in action in Dubai, all with very different reasons for being there, but all focused on success.


issan’s brand new GT3 car, the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, will compete in the A6 class in the hands of Michael Krumm (GER), Tom Kimber-Smith (UK), Franck Mailleux (FRA) and Alex Buncombe (UK). Those four drivers represent championships won in 2011, namely FIA GT1 World Driver’s Championship, the Le Mans Series LMP2 title, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LMP2 title and the Blancpain Endurance Series’ GT4 crown. Dubbed the ‘Champions Car’ the GT3-specification Nissan GT-R celebrates the successes of 2011 while continuing the new car’s intensive test and development programme.

“2011 was a great year for Nissan and I am very much looking forward to racing the new GT3 car in Dubai,” commented Krumm. “The Nissan GT-R took us all the way to the top in 2011 so I hope we can have a good race with the new car. It’s great to celebrate a successful 2011 for Nissan and I’m excited to see how the GT Academy guys get on in the ‘All-Gamer’ car.”

Perhaps the most exciting entry is of course the Nissan 370Z with an all-gamer driver line-up. The four winners of Nissan/PlayStation GT Academy will race together in the first ever all-gamer crew in a major race. The most recent winners, Jann Mardenborough (UK) and Bryan Heitkotter (USA), earned their place in the Dunlop 24H DUBAI when they won GT Academy last summer. Since then they have been on one of the steepest learning curves imaginable to make sure they are up to speed for such a daunting race. Joining the newest recruits will be two ‘old hands’, the winners of Seasons One and Two, Lucas Ordonez (ESP) and Jordan Tresson (FRA). Lucas was the new boy in Dubai in 2009 but just three years later he is an international champion.

“It’s a good feeling for me to go back to Dubai as this is where it all really started for me, just three years ago,” said Ordonez. “I know that Jann (Mardenborough) and Bryan (Heitkotter) will be very nervous but also very excited to take their GT Academy prize and compete in this race. I also know what an intensive development programme they have been on so they are more than ready for the challenges ahead of them. I hope that, along with Jordan (Tresson), I can help them to a good result. It’s going to be a tough race due to the heat but I am convinced that Jann and Bryan will prove that they are real racing drivers now, just as Jordan and I did last year.”

There will be a third Nissan competing in the race next week as RJN Motorsport will run a second Nissan 370Z for Humaid Al Masaood (UAE), Richard Meaden (UK) and Tetsuya Tanaka (JAP).

“I have competed successfully in the previous two Dunlop 24H DUBAI with my own team so to be invited to race with Nissan and their three car assault is a great honour and a new challenge,” said Al Masaood. “Although I am now racing in the USA there is something very special about racing in my local 24hr as it is this race that has helped me develop as driver. I am looking forward to working with Nissan and my co-drivers and hopefully delivering a great result. It is really encouraging to see Nissan bringing talented young drivers into motorsport through GT Academy and I am keen to see drivers from the Gulf region be given the opportunity to start racing through such a professional programme.”

The Dunlop 24H DUBAI will start next Friday, 13th of January 2012. The race can be followed live on Motors TV and on www.live.24hseries.com