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Mardenborough, Ordonez, Krumm Announced as Nissan LMP1 Drivers

Mardenborough, Ordonez, Krumm added to Nissan LMP1 lineup…

Past Nissan GT Academy winners Jann Mardenborough and Lucas Ordonez and Nissan veteran Michael Krumm have been named to Nissan’s LMP1 program, as the three newest drivers of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.

Mardenborough and Krumm will race for the full FIA World Endurance Championship season, while Ordonez will be an extra for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Spaniard will continue racing in the Japanese Super GT series for his primary campaign this season.

Mardenborough was primarily focused on full GP3 and Toyota Racing Series last season, and this marks his return to sports car racing on a more regular basis. He has two prior Le Mans starts, including last year with Alex Brundle and Mark Shulzhitzkiy in a Ligier JS P2 Nissan.

“I want to show that there is a different route to the top of motorsport, than just years and years of expensive go karting, by winning at Le Mans,” said Mardenborough. “It’s an honor for me to be chosen to compete in LMP1 for Nissan.

“I have raced at Le Mans twice in LMP2 so I have seen the current LMP1 cars at very close quarters out on the track. To think I will be racing one this year is very exciting. The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO looks set to be an historic race car and I get to drive it!”

Ordonez, now 29, will be set for his fifth Le Mans start, all in a Nissan-powered entry. He was part of the Garage 56 Nissan ZEOD RC chassis last year, co-driving with Satoshi Motoyama and Wolfgang Reip. He’ll share the third Nissan at Le Mans with Tsugio Matsuda.

“When I received the call telling me I would race the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 it was like winning GT Academy all over again,” said Ordonez. “Last year was incredible, racing in Japan and learning all about the unique racing culture over there. Now I get to race in the top class in Japan and at Le Mans I will jump into the ultimate GT-R!”

Krumm was the driver of the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. Well-known for his car development capabilities, Krumm brings a great deal of experience to the team.

These three join Marc Gene, Olivier Pla, Harry Tincknell and Tsugio Matsuda as confirmed drivers of the GT-R LM NISMO.

The final drivers should be confirmed over the next few weeks.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony



  1. Pierce

    February 11, 2015 at 9:27 pm

    With Jann getting the seat I’ve jumped ship from Audi to Nissan

    Two more to go…..
    Maybe they have a reserve/test driver

  2. JAGLeMans

    February 11, 2015 at 10:24 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised if the final two are big(ish) names, someone like Sutil or Heidfeld. Then again, there are so many top drivers out there, in various disciplines, they’re spoilt for choice.

    • Helmut

      February 12, 2015 at 9:56 am

      Sutil, come on. They could take anyone but Sutil.

      • JAGLeMans

        February 12, 2015 at 11:00 am

        Nissan’s selections have followed a pattern. First round of selections where established LMP drivers, then the in-house/GTA stars.

        With just two more seats left, and knowing they where close to signing Button, I personally think they’ll go for a couple of big names, well established in other categories, such as F1 & Indycar.

  3. Enzo

    February 12, 2015 at 6:27 am

    Interesting to note that Ordonez will be driving the GT500 as well this year.
    Further investigations showed he is replacing Krumm in 3 rounds in the D’station ADVAN GT-R while the later is with the LMP1.

  4. David

    February 12, 2015 at 10:23 am

    I hope one of the last drivers is n American! Nick McMullen or Bryan Heikotter come to mind from Nissan Academy. But so far I like the lineup, especially Mardenborough who I think could become the Lewis Hamilton of sports car racing.

  5. Mike

    February 12, 2015 at 10:38 am

    Can anyone confirm if the car will remain at the Chicago Auto Show for the public days? My girlfriend and I are considering driving down for the show from Detroit if that is the case.

  6. Mike

    February 12, 2015 at 10:39 am

    What about Alex Gurney for one of the remaining seats? He’s plenty experienced in prototypes (DPs at least) and having the Gurney name on a Nissan prototype car at Le Mans would be marketing gold. He may be too tall to fit, though.

    • Kirk

      February 12, 2015 at 11:25 am

      Nissan can just do the same for him as Ford did for his dad in ’67 and add a bump to the top of the car.

  7. canuckLMP

    February 12, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I think Alex Brundle and Marino Franchitti are the missing pieces

    • JAGLeMans

      February 15, 2015 at 12:44 am

      It’s a good call.

      I don’t really know what’s happened to Franchitti. He had a Peugeot deal in the bag, but when that fell through, struggled to get any sort of Season long deal.

      As for Brundle, he was a regular part of Nissan/OAK’s top P2 teams, and hasn’t yet been named in a WEC/ELMS seat.


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