Nissan-powered cars took the first three positions in the LM P2 class during qualifying for the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours tonight. All three qualifying sessions were affected by lengthy red flag periods which has made it tough on the teams and most opted to run in race trim for tonight’s sessions in order to prepare for 24 hours of flat out racing coming their way this weekend.
The No.24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan will start the race from pole position and will be joined on the front row of the LM P2 grid by the No.26 Oreca-Nissan of G-Drive Racing, followed by the Zytek-Nissan of Jota Sport.
The No.42 Greaves Motorsport entry took 12th place after running in full race trim during qualifying. Rookie Le Mans racer Jann Mardenborough completed all the running he needed to qualify for the race.
The drivers of the No.26 G-Drive Racing car held pole position throughout qualifying but were pipped to the post at the very end of the session.
“The time we held was set during the first session last night and, as we were running in race spec today we knew that we could be beaten,” said Roman Rusinov. “A little rain would have been great for us but the weather held out. This is a 24-hour race so pole isn’t everything but of course it would have been good to take the point for pole.”
Nissan is focusing on the fans at Le Mans this year with a #fansfirst initiative that is already proving popular. The Nismo FanZone is now fully open in the new karting area so fans can go along to see the drivers of the No.42 Greaves Motorsport and No.26 G-Drive Racing entries. They can experience the Nismo Lab where they can get an insight into the life of a Nismo Athlete and try out various tests to see if they too have what it takes.
For now though Le Mans has now fallen silent after a fast and furious qualifying. In just a few hours time Nissan will reveal its 2014 Garage 56 entry and it’s hope for an LMP1 future. The new car will be unveiled in the Le Mans Village at 10:30am (Friday) in an exclusive reveal for the Le Mans fans. A simultaneous press briefing will take place in the ‘Nismo Live Lounge by G-Drive’, which is situated in the Le Mans paddock hospitality area.