Despite a rather topsy-turvy six hours at the Nürburgring, Lucas Ordoñez has claimed the Blancpain Endurance Series Pro-Am driver title and with it the teams’ championship for Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.
An incident-packed race saw the Nissan team’s nearest challengers, the AF Corse Ferrari, eliminated early in the race, but the GT-Rs didn’t have it all their own way either. Numerous visits to the pit soon added up and eventually both cars finished more than 20 laps down on the class leaders.
For a time it looked like the title was in Alex Buncombe’s pocket as he lead Pro-Am overall – and co-driver Jann Mardenborough (on double-duty with British F3) was busy setting laptimes that would embarrass the Pro cars, with a 1’57.106 being the fastest lap in class by a good margin.
Both cars endured numerous incidents that eventually left them 8th and 9th in class, but it was the all-gamer car of Ordoñez, Reip and Pyzera that took the important points that gave Lucas the drivers’ title – with Peter taking 3rd, just a point from 2nd in his first season racing GT3s.
Meanwhile at Silverstone, Middle East and South Africa champions Salman al Khater and Ashley Oldfield were embroiled in a 1000km race of their own. Paired with Tomas Scheckter, the team took a class victory in their Nissan 370Z GT4.
Congratulations to all the GT Academy graduates and RJN Motorsport!