GTPlanet Interviews GT Academy Winners Tresson, Ordoñez

May 8th, 2010 by Jordan Greer

GTPlanet’s own Maziar Shahsafdari (Synwraith) joined RJN Motorsports last weekend for their first race of the season, and he’s come away with a new appreciation for GT Academy winners Jordan Tresson and Lucas Ordoñez. His close contact with everyone in the team has provided an inside look at who these guys really are, and explains how their mental toughness sets them apart from the rest of us. It’s a great read, and I guarantee you’ll come away from the article with a new perspective on the GT Academy program and the driving talent it has discovered so far. Click here to check it out, and be sure to leave a word of thanks to Maziar for all of his hard work in putting this together (thanks again, Maz!)! I’d also like GTP reader Casey for sharing the following pictures from last weekend’s race:

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  1. Jul. 19, 4:18am
    Alexander Miller

    i love to see women that is doing some figure skating , they are really beautiful and gracefull.:,-

  2. Jul. 19, 1:43am
    Louis Price

    i love to see women that is doing some figure skating , they are really beautiful and gracefull.,*`

  3. Jun. 16, 8:48pm
    Lily Walker

    Auto racing is the name of my game. I like to watch auto racing and i’m a muscle car fanatic.:*-

  4. May. 11, 2:21pm
    Maz (GTP_Synwraith)

    It’s not just Silverstone, they will race at Spa, Portimao, Nurburgring GP, Magny Cours and Paul Ricard, none of which have been in a Gran Turismo game yet. I think it would be unrealistic to expect a championship to exist that races at Daytona Road, Suzuka and Fuji etc purely for the purpose of the GT Academy programme. The game is just supposed to teach them the basics of racecraft and technique, and the Academy is there to see if the skills obtained through this experience can translate into real life. Racing drivers have to learn new tracks all the time, it comes with the territory.

    Also, it should be noted that both winners of the Academy so far have been guys with a significant karting history and history of physical training.

    All the best

  5. May. 11, 2:08pm

    Just a small question: If they’re racing at Silverstone, and the GT Academy is supposed to be about how GT series can make you a better racer, then how are the Academy guys supposed to practice Silverstone if it’s not in the game?

  6. May. 11, 12:33pm

    DRIFT 4 EVER! :)))

    and GRIP!

  7. May. 11, 8:25am

    hello, something new heard about GT5 ?? Thanks.

  8. May. 11, 5:03am
    Berlino Bear

    @Ner0_sol03 I can talk down about what ever I like. Thats the Joy of the internet.

    But back on Topic, The PS3 sticker made me laugh as well.

  9. May. 10, 11:41pm

    You guys can’t be serious auto racing is auto racing.. All of us love cars.. and all express it in diff ways.. U can’t talk down to what someone else likes cause u don’t。。

  10. May. 10, 9:44pm

    And if I hadn’t said this already Mr. Tresson FOR THE WIN!!!!!!

  11. May. 10, 9:39pm

    @ Rasmus I’m not saying drifting is the best motorsport but at least YOU see that it is a sport unlike some people above that think its a joke…in my opinion alms and formula one is the best and hardest form of racing don’t even get me started on wrc…..and okay not every driver needs to kno drifting so maybe I was a little arrogant in the beginning but I can’t believe a lot of ppl here said drifting is a joke or its a fad maybe u or somebody can at least give drifting credit where its due….

  12. May. 10, 5:15pm

    @ Z06onGT5: What are you on about? :S drifting is pretty cool, yes, but it’s an entirely different form of motorsport. According to you, maybe about 90 % of all the Formula One drivers, WTCC drivers, ALMS, LMS etc. drivers are… FAIL? Come on man, you must be joking. Drifting is in no way something every race driver is and should be capable of doing.

    On topic: Great, great interviews, very thorough. Congratulations once again to mr. Tresson for winning GT Academy. You rock!

  13. May. 10, 4:17pm

    Why do those cars say ps3 on them? lol

  14. May. 10, 4:17pm

    Drifting = figure skating of motorsports.

    Get over yourself almighty 240 and mustang owner.

  15. May. 10, 2:47pm

    Drift really isn’t a motorsport. Its the figure skating of motorsports, none of the real drivers give a crap.

    In America drifting events mainly attract ricers anyway. And drifting doesn’t make you a better driver at anything other than sliding sideways which can be learned in a Rally Car at a rally so drifting is pretty pointless.

  16. May. 10, 5:27am
    Berlino Bear

    @Z06onGT5.. so you are so wrong. Very few people care about drifting. It’s a Fad.

    It’s motorsport for the ADHD generation.

  17. May. 10, 4:51am

    @ all of you… i didn’t kno all of you loved grip driving so much… If I knew i wouldn’t have sparked such a heated debate…for the record I wasn’t entirely hating on Mr tressons ability he won it hard and thru tough comp. I wuz just wondering if drifting skill was in his resume…and yes I do know how to drift I own a 92 240sx with welded diff and a 04 stang gt with no abs and traction control I live in Tucson AZ where there is a lot of mountain passes so I have honed my skill there don’t believe me? (240DK) so for u haters…Drift > Grip

  18. May. 9, 3:52pm

    Nice report from Maz, nice pics, thanks Jordan! I think we at gtplanet should keep an eye on “our” champions, and it sure is interesting to know what they are doing and how they are doing in the world of REAL motorsports!

    PS – Drifting? LOL

  19. May. 9, 11:35am

    @ iucidium

    I totally agree with you. Unless we are talking about racing which utilizes drifting skills such as rally and the like, drifting is slower and pointless. You dont want to drift in NASCAR, F1, Indycar, or any of the major sports car series such as IMSA and SCCA. In those series, if you have alot of “oversteer” or are really “loose” that is not viewed as a good thing. Your times will be slower and your tires will wear more quickly. Oh, but but boy will you look cool…haha!

  20. May. 9, 10:08am

    iucidium – well said. Z06onGT5 – why so critical of the guy based on drift.

  21. May. 9, 9:56am
  22. May. 9, 8:01am

    Wtf?! what’s Drift gotta do with racing? Z06onGT5 – Strange creature…trying to merit his driving on drift alone. You fail Sir. Can you drift In real Life? And yeah-ordonez can probably use the e-brake, when he parks

  23. May. 9, 7:15am
    Maz (GTP_Synwraith)

    Hi, I believe there were drifting activities throughout the GT Academy Silverstone bootcamp in the Nissan 370Z, you might be able to find clips of Jordan doing that in some of the Academy videos posted here a few days ago hopefully. And yes, I am Iranian :D

    All the best

  24. May. 9, 3:33am


  25. May. 9, 3:32am

    Drift was not properly implemented in GT games, so he can drift too.

  26. May. 8, 11:45pm

    Yeah…..but can this guy drift? If he can drift then WIN if he can’t….then FAIL…I’m sorry for the criticism but a GT Academy Winner should @ least kno the perspectives and techniques of some if not all of various kinds of Motorsport. I’m not saying the guy needs to know how to brake drift or weight transfer of the car on the tarmac or concrete street..but @ least know how to pull tha e-brake

  27. May. 8, 8:16pm

    That’s really nice Jordan, thanks.

    P.S. That’s a one nice 370Z

  28. May. 8, 7:49pm
    Ferrari 430 Scuderia

    Maziar Shahsafdari :O
    that’s an Iranian name!
    I’m Iranian!

  29. May. 8, 5:33pm

    This is nice to see

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