Nissan secured a third-place podium finish in the Pro-Am class in the recently held 2013 Spa 24 Hours. Nissan’s No.35 ‘YouTube’ GT-R Nismo GT3 – piloted by Lucas Ordonez, Jann Mardenborough, Wolfgang Reip and Peter Pyzera – also won seventh place overall in the contest. The results at the Spa 24 Hours gave Nissan a 1-2-3 position in the driver’s championship with Lucas Ordonez, Peter Pyzera and Alex Buncombe.
Nissan GT Academy Team RJN still leads in the teams’ championship. Around 50 percent of the participants in the 2013 Spa 24 Hours failed to finish the race. One of them is the No.32 G-Drive Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, which exited from the race in the first hour.
No.32 GT-R’s Alex Buncombe managed to move up from 15th on the grid to eighth place after just two laps. On lap 13, however, Buncombe went crashed into the tire barrier at Raidillon after something broke on the left rear of the No.32 GT-R, causing the early retirement for the race car.
The No.35 Nissan GT-R experienced some problems during the night, placing the car three laps behind the leaders. Just when the No.35 GT-R returned to the track following a scheduled brake change, the safety car made it rounds, giving other racers time to have their brake change during a safety car period. The No.35 Nissan GT-R eventually crossed the finish line seventh overall, with Lucas Ordonez behind the wheel.
“This week has been tough emotionally,” said Luca Ordonez. “I lost my Uncle Carlos and then the terrible train crash happened in Spain. My Uncle was a big supporter of my racing so he has been on my mind a lot this week and of course I dedicate this podium to him. This is a great result for Nissan, for GT Academy, and for everyone involved in this programme. We took seventh place overall with an all-gamer entry so we have proved again that GT Academy works and I feel very proud. This was a tough race; just look at the results as only 50% of the cars finished. I very much enjoy driving this car, in this team, with Nissan."