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|As the Donington 6 Hours approaches this weekend, Nissan's first GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has added another 24-hour race to his schedule, as it was announced today that he would join the GT Academy Team RJN squad in the Spa 24 Hours at the end of the month. Ordonez has already competed in three 24-hour races this year: Dubai, Nürburgring and Le Mans, so he was the obvious choice when Nissan needed an extra driver to race the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 at Spa. Lucas will bolster the already strong line-up of Jann Mardenborough, Alex Buncombe and Chris Ward when he competes in Nissan's GT3 challenger in one of the most grueling 24-hour races of the season. Before then though Lucas is fully focused on Donington Park where he will race in the second of the four 2012 European Le Mans Series races this weekend. Tom Kimber-Smith returns to the No.1 Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan where he will race alongside Alex Brundle and of course, Lucas. 'I've never been to Donington before but I've heard it is a great track with some fast corners, which is good for our car,' explained Ordonez. 'The weather forecast looks pretty wet at the moment but I think we showed at Le Mans that we can be competitive in wet conditions so that won't be a problem for us. 'Our target is the same as ever; to go out there and win,' he continued. 'I have two fast team mates, there is a good feeling in the team and we are all hungry for victory. Alex, Tom and the team are playing at home so I'm sure we are on for a good result.' Donington may be new territory for Lucas but for most British drivers corners like Redgate and the Craner Curves are very familiar ground, as Alex Brundle explains. 'This will actually be the first time I've driven an LMP2 car on a circuit that I already know so it'll be interesting to see how the car feels at Donington,' said Brundle. 'I've got a good record there and I like the track a lot, especially through the Craner Curves and into the Old Hairpin. Those are areas that Lucas will have to learn quickly but I think the most critical part for all of us will be the Melbourne loop as we need to make sure we can pass traffic quickly. 'The track has the potential to be very slippery in the wet,' he continued. 'But that should play to our advantage. It's good to have Tom (Kimber-Smith) back in the car as he is the benchmark in LMP2 and both Lucas and I can learn from him.' The track action gets underway this Friday when the cars head out for the first practice session at 1120hrs. Catch the Action Qualifying takes place this Saturday at 1345hrs local time with the main race getting underway on Sunday at 1155hrs. Race updates will be available on twitter via @nissan_ontrack|
| Audi Customers Pass Tough Eifel Test◾Race interruption and high retirement rate due to extreme weather|
◾G-Drive Racing by Phoenix best Audi customer team in fifth place
◾Three Audi R8 LMS ultra cars among the top ten
Ingolstadt/Nürburg, May 20, 2013 – The customer teams of last year's winner Audi experienced one of the toughest events of the Nürburgring 24 Hours this year. Heavy rain forced race control during the night to interrupt the race for more than nine hours. Numerous accidents caused a treacherous mix of oil, ....
| Aston Martin Celebrates Centenary At Nürburgring 24 HoursNürburgring, 20 May 2013 – Aston Martin's weekend of centenary celebrations at the ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours (N24) concluded this evening (Monday 20 May) with a thrilling top-ten result for its Bilstein-liveried V12 Vantage GT3 and a historic finish for its unique Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S in one of the most grueling 24-hour races in recent years.|
In a weekend that started with the British luxury sports car maker entering the history books with a zero CO2 emissions hydrogen-power....
| Ferrari Challenge Europe Rolls Into The Czech Republic For Round TwoFerrari Challenge Czech's in to Brno|
Brno, - The Ferrari Challenge Europe rolls into Brno in the Czech republic this weekend for the second round of the championship.
Local interest will be provided by Scuderia Praha lead driver and dealer principal Robert Pergl (No.11), who will compete in the Trofeo Pirelli category. The team will also enter 2 cars in the Coppa Shell category for Slovakian drivers Jakubik (No.188) and Kukacka (no.190).
Pergl is a highly experienced Ferrari race....
| NISSAN AND PLAYSTATION ANNOUNCE BIGGEST EVER GT ACADEMY PROGRAMLONDON and PARIS - Nissan and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have revealed that the innovative GT Academy competition will return for a fifth season. GT Academy 2013 will be the biggest yet, with more countries than ever before participating and the online gaming element of the competition set to be run in July on a demo of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo®6 game exclusively on PlayStation®3.|
Since its inception in 2008, the highly acclaimed virtual-to-reality competition has att....
| ELMS - 9 FERRARI'S HEAD FOR HOME RACE IN IMOLAMaranello 16 May - The second round of the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) arrives at Imola this weekend and nine Ferrari 458 will take to the grid.|
By far the most popular car in the GTE category is the 458, Ram Racing have entered two cars for Silverstone pole sitters Johnny Mowlem and Matt Griffin and a second for American hot shots Gunnar Jeanette and Franck Montecalvo. JMW have one car for Andrea Bertolini and Joël Camathias. After a difficult round at Silverstone, AF Corse return with t....
| Aston Martin Set To Take Nürburgring 24 Hours By Storm◾Debut of Aston Martin Bilstein Vantage GT3 at the Nordschleife|
◾Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S set to make history with zero CO2 emission lap
◾Close-to-production V12 Vantage targets class honours
Aston Martin heads to the ADAC Zurich 24 Hours of Nürburgring (N24) in Germany this weekend (18-20 May) with three very different race cars – an international championship-winning V12 Vantage GT3, a record-breaking Hybrid Hydrogen Rapide S and a close-to-production specification V12 Vantage.
|Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. announces new version of the gaming classic Gran Turismo®: Three of the latest AMG vehicles celebrate their digital premiere in Gran Turismo® 6With the combined power of more than 1400 hp, Mercedes-Benz is taking to the starting grid of Gran Turismo® 6 with three of its latest models. All set to provide pure excitement and fascination in the new version of the gaming classic for the PlayStation®3 are three high-performance vehicles from AMG: the SLS AMG GT3 producing over 367 kW (more than 500 hp), the E63 AMG producing 410 kW (557 hp) and the A45 AMG producing 265 kW (360 hp). In addition to the three new vehicles, no fewer than 21 fu....|
| Af Corse To Take Part In Asian Le Mans Series With 458GtMaranello, 14 May – AF Corse will tackle a quartet of races in Asia, as the team is to compete in the 2013 Asian Le Mans Series. The 458 GT3 from the Amato Ferrari-run team will be entrusted to an Italo-Australian team made up of Andrea Bertolini, Michele Rugolo and Steve Wyatt, who will race in the GTC category.|
There are four rounds on the calendar in this series, which gets underway in South Korea at the new Autopia circuit, near Inje on 4 August. It then moves to Japan (Fuji, 22 Septembe....