|Nissan Prepares for British GT Showdown|
|The scene has been set for a dramatic showdown in the 2012 British GT Championship with a group of cars all in with a shot at the title at the season-closer in three weeks' time. This weekend's race at Silverstone produced a mixed result for many of the title contenders, not least the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 that finished in eighth place after a three-hour long battle at Silverstone.
The No.35 Nissan GT-R is still in third place in the championship but the scores are so close that the Donington race looks set to become a winner-takes-all event.
Even though it was Jann Mardenborough's 21st birthday last weekend, the young Nissan racer didn't get the winner's trophy this time out. With many of the top runners receiving time penalties for various on-track misdemeanours, the No.35 Nissan GT-R wasn't left out and had a few too many trips to the 'naughty step'.
The weekend started well for the team and Jann qualified the GT-R in ninth place against the professional racers in the series. His team-mate Alex Buncombe took the start and was up to third place by lap four and then took third just a couple of laps later. It looked like they would be able to climb up the order and take a top result but then the penalties began to come. The main issue was with drivers running too wide at Copse corner but that extra bit of tarmac was far too enticing for most of the cars on track today, one of which got caught out six times!
|PIRELLI WORLD CHALLENGE, ROUNDS 13 AND 14, SONOMA, CALIFORNIASonoma, California. Ryan Dalziel, Michael Mills and Jack Baldwin scored two class victories and three runner-up positions between them in Rounds 13 and 14 of the Pirelli World Challenge this past weekend at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma. On Saturday, Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas) added to his points lead in the GT-Amateur (GT-A) class by sprinting to a fourth straight victory in his EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R. Ryan Dalziel (Winter Park, Florida) finished second overall in GT class in ....|
|GT Academy Winner to Race Valentino Rossi at MonzaNissan's most recent GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough, starts his first full season as a professional racing driver this weekend at the temple of speed itself: Monza. The 20 year-old British racer will take on the dauntingly fast Monza track in the new Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3.|
The No.35 GT Academy Team RJN car will be up against some stiff competition this weekend from brands such as Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Dodge, Ferrari, Jaguar, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche.
|Pole Position for Newest GT Academy GraduateLess than a year after he stepped into a racing car for the very first time, Jann Mardenborough has taken pole position for the first of this weekend's British GT races at the Nürburgring. This is also the first pole position for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car.|
Jann's performance today is even more spectacular when you consider the fact that this is the first time he has been to the Nürburgring. As the newest recruit to Nissan's roster of GT Academy graduates, Jann has a lot to live up to a....
|GT Academy Program on a High at NürburgringAs the number of European entries into the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy 2012 competition soared to well over 500,000 this weekend, two previous Academy graduates were demonstrating why the gamer-to-racer competition continues to grow in scale and reputation.|
Both Lucas Ordoñez, the first ever winner of the innovative competition back in 2008, and Briton Jann Mardenborough, 2011 winner, were in action behind the wheel of two very real Nissan GT-Rs at Germany's famous Nürburgring over the wee....
|Nissan Takes British WinJann Mardenborough, driving the No.35 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, crossed the finishing line at Brands Hatch today just two-hundredths of a second ahead of the No.007 Aston Martin Vantage GT3, to take his own and the GT-R's first major race victory a year to the day that he won Nissan's GT Academy competition.|
Since winning the competition that turns PlayStation gamers into real-life racing drivers, Mardenborough has raced with GT Academy Team RJN, primarily in the Blancpain Endurance Series and,....
|Busy Time Ahead For Lucas OrdenezAs 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....
|GT ACADEMY TEAMS QUALIFY 1-2 FOR DUBAI 24 HOUR IN 370ZSThe two-car GT Academy Racing Team piloted their RJN Motorsports Nissan 370Zs to a sweep of the top two positions in the SP3 class in qualifying for the Dubai 24 Hour endurance race. Spaniard Lucas Ordoñez, the winner of the initial Nissan GT Academy competition, was fastest in class with the number 127 entry (Ordonez/Reip/Schulzhitskiy/Doherty/Rusinov) with a time of 2:09.020, immediately followed by the sister car (#147, Schmitz/Pyzera/Schulzhitskiy/Doherty/ Buncombe), driven by 2011 GT Academ....|
|NISSAN GT ACADEMY WINNERS ARE 'TOO FAST'Nissan's GT Academy Team RJN entry for a two-car assault on the British GT Championship has been refused as the drivers are 'too fast' for the national Pro-Am category.|
In 2012, GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough entered the British GT Championship alongside Alex Buncombe in the brand new Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3. Alex was the professional and Jann was the amateur as at that point his racing experience was incredibly limited. They pushed hard and by the close of the season the duo were in wit....