April 15, 2013


the FIA World Endurance Championship - Round 1 Race Report

Silverstone, GBR (14th April,2013) - The No.25 G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR entry took victory at Silverstone at the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In fact Nissan-powered cars took the top eight positions in the six-hour season-opener.

The No.25 car started the race from pole position after a fantastic performance in the previous day's qualifying session, which also saw the sister G-Drive car of Roman Rusinov, John Martin and Mike Conway take third place on the grid. The skies over Silverstone promised rain throughout raceday, making tire choice difficult for the WEC teams but when the cars roared off on the rolling start it was the No.25 G-Drive machine that stormed off in the LMP2 lead, hotly pursued by the No.26 car.

The No.26 entry actually passed the No.25 and the team were looking set to deliver a G-Drive Racing 1-2 but then nature played its hand when a sudden downpour caused John Martin to spin, sending the No.26 Oreca Nissan tumbling down the order. The No.25 car of Antonio Pizzonia, Tor Graves and James Walker crossed the line after six hours of racing as the winner.

Pizzonia summed up his day, saying: “We decided to go with a completely different strategy to the sister car. This is my first-ever endurance race and I'm really happy to leave Silverstone with a pole position and race win.”

G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR's Simon Dowson was very happy with his team today: “I would just like to congratulate all three of the drivers who took the win. They are all ‘pros’ in their own right and did a brilliant job. Antonio is a legend anyway, James dropped in right away and Tor coped really well in very tricky conditions. I am really pleased but shame we missed out on a 1-2. Next time!”

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[ Race Results ] - CLASS: LMP2
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Behind
1 25 Oreca 03 - Nissan T.GRAVES / A.PIZZONIA / J.WALKER 6:01'22.670
2 24 Morgan - Nissan O.PLA / D.HEINEMEIER HANSSON / A.BRUNDLE 1 Lap
3 49 Oreca 03 - Nissan L.PEREZ COMPANC / N.MINASSIAN / P.KAFFER 5 Laps
4 35 Morgan - Nissan B.BAGUETTE / R.GONZALEZ / M.PLOWMANN 5 Laps
5 41 Zytek Z11SN - Nissan C.DYSON / M.MARSAL / T.KIMBER-SMITH 5 Laps
6 47 Morgan - Nissan A.IMPERATORI / M.HOWSON / J.KA TO 5 Laps
7 26 Oreca 03 - Nissan R.RUSINOV / J.MARTIN / M.CONWAY 8 Laps
8 45 Morgan - Nissan J.NICOLET / J-M.MERLIN 30 Laps
9 32 Lotus T128 T.HOLZER / D.KRAIHAMER / J.CHAROUZ 71 Laps
10 31 Lotus T128 K.WEEDA / V.LIUZZI / C.BOUCHUT 140 Laps


Nissan power also took the first win of the season in the European Le Mans Series, which took place the previous day at Silverstone. Jota Sport's Zytek Nissan took a confident win in a race that was shortened due to the very wet weather at the circuit. The reigning champions Thiriet by TDS Racing came home in third place, scoring a second podium for the Nissan engine.

Nissan's British gamer-to-racer, Jann Mardenborough, continued his education in racing downforce cars at Silverstone over the weekend. Racing in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship after completing just one season in British GT racing, Jann is on one of the steepest learning curves in motorsport. The young driver is working hard to prepare for racing a Le Mans car this June. He pulled together everything he has learned so far to qualify in an impressive 12th for the final race of the weekend and then raced his heart out to take eighth place against the cream of the crop of single-seater racers.

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