From Gran Turismo to Le Mans in Three Years Time
Back in 2008, Spaniard Lucas Ordonez was the first driver to win Nissan & Sony’s GT Academy that gave Gran Turismo players a chance to prove themselves behind the wheel of a real race car.
What started out as an online time trial was taken to the track for the final at Silverstone where Ordonez and co-winner Lars Schlommer edged out the competition to clinch their seat in the 2009 Dubai 24 Hour race, the competition’s ultimate price.
From then on out, Ordonez moved on to race in the FIA GT4 series and in several endurance races, making first contact with a Le Mans prototype at the 2010 Silverstone 1000 kilometer race.
This year, the Spaniard takes his career to another level, being part of Signatech’s Intercontinental Le Mans Championship efforts in the LMP2 class. Ordonez will be driving the team’s Nissan-powered Oreca 03 LMP2 prototype at prestigious events such as the 12 Hours of Sebring, the Petit Le Mans and of course the biggest race in the world – The 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Ordonez has made the most of a rare chance that only very few sim racers get, taking him only three years from an online time-trial to driving a works-backed Le Mans Prototype all around the world.