Playstation GT Academy drivers Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez will be driving in Nissan’s new LMP1 WEC project this year. Mardenborough who competed in GP3 last year, will be joining the team after competing in one of F1’s premier single seater categories GP3 last year, winning the German Sprint Race and regularly scoring points.
“It is an honour to be chosen to compete in LMP1 with Nissan,” said the Briton. “I want to show that there is a route to the top of motorsport different to just years and years of expensive karting by winning at Le Mans.”
Nissan’s global motorsport boss Darren Cox stressed that the LMP1 drive is not the end of Mardenborough’s single seater career, saying the main reason was because they wanted him to clock up milage and added “he is still developing as a driver, so we are not saying that he won’t race a single-seater again.”
Spaniard Ordonez meanwhile who raced in the GT300 class in Super GT last year and was the inaugural winner of the GT Academy back in 2009, will be driving in the additional GT-R LM at this years Le Mans 24 Hours – with them both being teamed with Nissan’s Michael Krumm for the first three rounds of the WEC season, who of course was part of the teams bid for the 1999 Le Mans title.
This means alongside Marc Gene, Olivier Pla, and Harry Tincknell, Nissan have announced seven of its nine-driver lineup for this years WEC championship, with the addition of Tsugio Matsuda set to join the team for Le Mans.