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.
Alex 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.”
Lucas 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!