Top ten hit for Greaves Motorsport at 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours

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Michael Krumm, Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez, finished a fantastic tenth overall.

In one of the most closely contested races in the 90 year history of the Le Mans 24 Hours Greaves Motorsport maintained their exemplary finishing record in the LM P2 class with their Nissan powered Zytek prototypes.

#42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan: Lucas Ordonez, Jann Mardenborough, Michael Krumm
#42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN Nissan: Lucas Ordonez, Jann Mardenborough, Michael Krumm

Photo by: James M. Holland

The weather conditions during the 24 Hours ranged from the heights of summer to the depths of winter, adding another element of uncertainty to the already emotionally charged competition.

The Nissan GT Academy sponsored #42 entry, driven by Michael Krumm, Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez, finished a fantastic tenth overall, and fourth in class, clocking up 327 laps of the 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe, a total of 2,769 miles. The #41 sister car, entered in partnership with Caterham Motorsport, ran as high as third in the first hours of the race. A number of minor issues delayed the progress of the car driven by Tom Kimber-Smith, Eric Lux and Alexander Rossi.

The trio completed 307 laps on their way to eleventh in class, a successful debut for Caterham at Le Mans on their 40th birthday.

Team Principal, Tim Greaves: “That was the hardest race that we have competed in, and I am sure that applies to all the teams here. I lost count of the Safety Car periods, fifteen or so, at least five hours behind the Safety Car. To finish fourth in this level of competition is amazing.

We must thank our friends and partners, in particular Nissan for sponsoring our #41 car. A big thank you also to Caterham, our new partner and sponsor on the #42 car. I am sorry that we could not deliver a better result for them but we hope that they will return next year with us to fulfil their potential.”

Team Manager, Jacob Greaves: “We are thrilled to get both cars to the finish in competitive positions, especially considering the extreme conditions.The team worked very hard during the whole time here at Le Mans and the combination of Nissan power, Zytek chassis and Dunlop tyres gave us a competitive package to race with.

The input from our partners Nissan and Caterham was significant and we look forward to continuing this initiative in the future, We will approach the rest of the season in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the European Le Mans Series with confidence of further good results.”

Greaves Motorsport

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