Jann Madenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy, will be incorporated into the OAK Racing team and will take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the brand-new Ligier JS P2.
The no. 35 Ligier JS P2-Nissan will have its maiden outing on 1st June at the Le Mans Test day in the hands of a very young driver line-up. Backing the talented Alex Brundle will be Jann Mardenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy, Nissan GT Academy winners.
In 2011 Nissan showed the whole world that it was possible to take a video games fan, integrate him into a training programme and put him on the grid for the Le Mans 24 Hours. Lucas Ordonez, the first graduate, met with such success that Nissan decided to repeat the operation.
This year Jann Madenborough and Mark Shulzhitskiy, who both came from the Nissan GT Academy in 2011 and 2012 respectively and who have already achieved good results, will be incorporated into the OAK Racing team and will take part in the Le Mans 24 Hours in the brand-new Ligier JS P2 powered by a Nissan engine and shod with Dunlop tyres.
British driver Mardenborough already put on a stunning performance in last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. This season he is racing in the GP3 Series after various drives in GTs and single-seaters. Russian Shulzhitskiy, the rookie in the Le Mans-based team, cut his teeth in LM P2 in the 2013 Shanghai 6 Hours and has joined Onroak Automotive on the development programme of the new Ligier JS P2 for four days of testing last month at Estoril.
The two youngsters aged 23 and 25 respectively can count on the talent and experience of their team-mate, Alex Brundle. Although he is still young, the 24-year-old British driver has already built up considerable experience in LM P2 prototypes in endurance with two outing in the Le Mans 24 Hours, and has been selected by Onroak Automotive as an official development driver of the Ligier JS P2 with Olivier Pla.
The OAK Racing team, which originally entered a Morgan-Nissan LM P2, has decided to share the adventure of the new Ligier JS P2, which has proved its enormous potential during its development programme.
The no. 35 Ligier JS P2-Nissan will also carry the colours of the Russian partner G-Drive.
Alex Brundle : «I'm delighted OAK Racing will be welcoming Jann and Mark to the team for our Le Mans challenge this year. Both are exceptional talents with prototype experience so a big thanks to Nissan for making them available to us for the 24. It is a pleasure to again represent Nissan in top class competition on what is a big day for Onroak Automotive, Ligier, Nissan, and all of the drivers . »
Jann Mardenborough : «Le Mans will always be special to me. I was taken there as a GT Academy finalist in 2011 when Lucas made his debut and then I returned as a racing driver in 2013. Most of my racing is in single-seaters these days and that is teaching me so much about the craft of being a racing driver. I can’t wait to get back to Le Mans and get stuck in again . »
Mark Shulzhitskiy : «I am very much enjoying my role as taking part in the tests programme for the Ligier JS P2. Working with the engineers at Onroak Automotive and alongside Olivier Pla has been an incredible experience for me. Now it is going to get even better as it is finally my turn to race at Le Mans. This is what the winners of GT Academy dream about, so I hope I can live up to the performance of the winners who have gone before me. »