The winner of the first-ever GT Academy has been chosen to be the official test and development driver for the Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans race car.
Lucas Ordóñez, who was Nissan’s inaugural gamer-to-racer, will hit the track next month for testing and has been entrusted with the development duties for the unique electric car. The 28-year-old has gone on to become an accomplished racer since his GT Academy win in 2008, having notched podium finishes at the Le Mans 24 Hours, a championship win in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and a recent third-place finish at the Spa 24 Hours for Nissan.
“The Nissan ZEOD RC is unlike any racecar previously developed and Lucas doesn’t have 10 or 15 years of pre-conceived ideas as to what a race car should or shouldn’t do,” said Nissan’s Director of Global Motorsports Darren Cox.
The announcement was made at the Nissan 360 event, making Ordóñez one busy driver this year. He is already racing in the FIA GT Series and the Blancpain Endurance Series, in addition to making appearances in the World Challenge Series in the US, the Japanese Super GT championship, and even tested a V8 Supercar for Nissan in Australia.
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