Podium Finish for GT Academy Winner

May 3rd, 2009 by Jordan

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Congratulations to GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez!  After competing in the 24 Hours of Dubai, the gamer-turned-racer is back in action for the first race of the GT4 European Cup at Silverstone, where he and teammate Alex Buncombe scored a podium finish in their RJN Motorsport Nissan 350Z.

rjn motorsports lucas ordonez silverstoneAlex Buncombe: “It was a really good race. I had a really good start, passing 2 cars in the first corner and catching up to the Ginetta into Stowe and passed him there. I had been a but nervous that we’d get a penalty because I saw the safety car just after I overtook the Ginetta, but I must have timed it right because we were fine. After the safety car I drove as fast as I could and managed to, surprisingly, get a gap on the Ginetta. I think we might have had a bit of a long pitstop, because Lucas rejoined in 4th for some reason. We’re really delighted with our third place, getting a podium was our goal and we’ve achieved it.”

rjn motorsports lucas ordonezLucas Ordoñez : “I was really pushing hard in the last corners, trying to overtake the BMW. I could tell that he was losing grip on his rear tyres, they’d worn out quite a bit, and I managed to overtake him in the last corner. I’m really happy to have got third and the podium in my first race in GT4, it’s great for me. We’ll try to get first in Adria in Italy, like Alex managed to get at the start of the race.”

Check out the Cup’s website for more news and details about the series, and stop by our forums where GTP_Grenade has shared some of his own pictures from the event.  Silverstone is just the first stop of the calendar, with Italy coming up next, followed by more circuits in Germany, Belgium and Portugal.  Everyone at GTPlanet wishes Lucas the best of luck, and we’ll be following his progress closely throughout the season – stay tuned!

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  1. Lars didnt finish the program as he didnt make the grade. After many many hours of effort from the team at RJN motorsport it was concluded that he couldnt break the barrier of night time driving and working with the sequential box. Alex ran rings round him, as did Lucas. So in the end he had to go. Shame as there were sooooo many more suitable people in the Academy.

  2. seizure_

    congratulations on the podium!

  3. Timppaq

    Ok, Thanks Jordan. I guess I’ve been mistaken of who is who as they often are photographed in a same pic and the looks just misleaded me.

  4. aLaM0000

    GRATZ!!!!!!!!!! :D

  5. No, Timppaq, that’s Alex Buncombe. I don’t think Lars is involved with the Nissan team any longer, though I’m not exactly sure why. Perhaps someone else can clarify what happened to him?

  6. Timppaq

    Big congratulations to the team! But isn’t the guy in the picture the other GT Academy winner Lars Shlömer from germany?

  7. Watevaman

    Congrats to the team. It’s great to have GT players in the big leagues like this, especially when they’re winning.

  8. Congratulations to the team, nice to see you managed to get to the podium :)


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