Jann Mardenborough On Pole at the Nürburgring

GT AcademyMotorsports 50 May 18, 2012 by
Jann Mardenborough, GT Academy Europe’s 2011 winner, has achieved his first pole position in international competition, less than a year after he first sat in a racing car. Even more impressively, he’s managed this feat at the Nürburgring and on his first visit to the track!

Round 2 of the British GT Championship runs as a support race this year to the Nürburgring 24 Hours. In yesterday’s qualifying for the first race, Jann guided the RJN Motorsports Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 around the GP/F track in 1’43.793, beating his nearest competitor by nearly six-tenths of a second. Jann was, understandably, pleased:

“I’m feeling pretty good at the moment. That’s my first ‘proper’ pole position as a professional racing driver.  I had to work hard for it though.  We tried a few things during free practice and going into qualifying we thought we would be okay but the car felt better than ever so I went for it!”

His success marks another milestone on both his career and the success of GT Academy, the latest version of which is currently underway, giving yet more evidence that the Academy programme really does find the next generation of motor racing stars. In the words of Nissan Europe’s General Manager, Darren Cox:

“The results speak for themselves. Pole position means you are the fastest amongst your peers. End of story. I think we’ve proved, yet again, that GT Academy isn’t just a marketing activity or a reality show. It’s the real thing and it finds real talent.”

The hour long Race 3 of the British GT Championship starts at 15.30GMT on Friday 18th May, with Race 4 following at 08.00GMT on Saturday 19th May ahead of the Nürburgring 24 Hours. You can keep up with Jann’s progress on Radio Le Mans with live text updates on the British GT Twitter account.

Images courtesy of britishgt.com and Nissan

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