Circuit de la Sarthe
LUCAS ORDONEZ MAKES SUCCESSFUL LE MANS DEBUT
• GT Academy winner Ordonez completes his first run at Le Mans
• Nissan-powered cars currently in first, second and ninth places in LMP2 class
As the Le Mans 24 Hours enters it’s fifth hour, Lucas Ordonez has just climbed out of the Signatech Nissan car following the first ever Le Mans stint for the gamer-turned-racer. The early part of the race saw a lot of action, with Lucas’ team-mate, Franck Mailleux, forced to pit with a puncture, but once he was back on track the times tumbled and the fight back began.
A huge accident for one of the LMP1 Audi’s brought out the safety cars and the race was on a go slow for over an hour. Lucas jumped in during the third hour of the race and had to focus his attention very quickly when the car developed a small gear selection problem. Lucas pitted so the team could fix the car and he was straight back out and able to enjoy his big moment.
“It was a pretty tough first stint,” said Lucas. “I had some car issues so it wasn’t the easy run I had hoped for. Once the problem was fixed though I had a good time out there and concentrated on staying out of trouble. We lost time through the puncture and the extra stop but I am sure during the night we will start to move back up the order. This was my first stint at Le Mans so I was in safe mode to be sure everything was okay. From now on we can push.”
“The first part of Lucas’ stint was very hard for him as he wasn’t able to shift down the gears,” explained Signatech Nissan team boss Philippe Sinault. “Having to run in fifth gear made him anxious for sure, as it would any driver, but after we solved the problem he was okay and he did a good job.”
Soheil Ayari is now on board the Signatech Nissan car, running strongly in ninth place. The Team Oreca entry is in the LMP2 lead, and the Greaves Motorsport car has just moved up to second from its sixth place starting position.