European GT Academy 2011 winner Jann Mardenborough had another amazing weekend on-track, recording a notable first in class, third overall, finish at the Donington Park round of the Production Touring Car Trophy. More importantly, the weekend’s results have moved Jann another step closer to qualifying for an international race licence, necessary to compete at the next 24 Hours of Dubai. With the 19-year-old from Cardiff collecting valuable signatures at Donington, his licence has now been upgraded from National ‘B’ to National ‘A’, and his motor sport CV now reads; two race meetings, two podiums.
Jann had a good start to the weekend, with his class win coming in the first of the races that supported the World Touring Car Championship round at Donington Park. A racing incident led to retirement in the second race, following a broken wheel and subsequent puncture. The retirement saw Jann starting the final race from the back of the grid, but he courageously fought his way through the field to finish sixth overall, whilst recording the fastest lap of the race.
Having coached Jann through the Donington race action, PlayStation Nissan team boss Bob Neville said: “Jann performed very well throughout the weekend, and I was particularly pleased with his performance in the final race, when he did an impressive job working his way up the field on slick tyres on a very tricky, damp track. Ultimately it proved another successful race meeting, as he secured the signatures required to qualify for a National ‘A ‘licence.”
“We set out what we wanted to achieve, get the results and race finishes to qualify for the licence upgrade,” enthused Jann Mardenborough. “It was great racing for the first time on a track like Donington where I could test myself against similar level of cars. It was a bit different from my first races at Pembrey. Here at Donington you had to perfect your race craft and it was an amazing feeling to overtake cars because you earned it.”
Jann’s next competitive outing in the Nissan 370Z race car will be at the Castle Combe round of the Britcar Production Cup on July 23rd and 24th. Once again, congratulations!