Racing Accident Spoils Sebring Debut for GT Academy Champion Jordan Tresson

Motorsports 83 March 18, 2012 by

2010 GT Academy champion Jordan Tresson was all set to make his FIA World Endurance Championship debut in the 12 Hours of Sebring this weekend, behind the wheel of Signatech Nissan’s new LMP2 car. Alas, it was not meant to be.

After qualifying fourth-in-class, the team’s first two drivers, Franck Mailleux and Olivier Lombard fought their way up to second.

The race was going well for the French team, until Olivier spun the car after hitting a fresh oil spill on the track. A following GT-class Ferrari was also caught off-guard by the hazardous conditions and collided with the Nissan, causing severe damage and ending their race.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=z9Khqvu0q7A#t=59s

Unfortunately, the accident occurred before Tresson’s driving stints, which means he will have to wait until the next round of the FIA WEC (May 5, at Spa Francorchamps) to go racing. Fortunately, he still got a fair amount of time behind the wheel during practice sessions, and Signatech boss Philippe Sinault was impressed with his performance.

“After all of the testing and training I was really looking forward to my first stint in the race,” said Tresson. “But a race incident changed all that and spoiled the party. I was not doing too badly, and was able to work with the team for the whole week. Even if the race is over for us, we are already thinking of the next race, studying our rivals’ strategy until the end.”

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