GT Academy graduate wins at German Grand Prix
Jann Mardenborough showed he has got what it takes to win against the cream of the crop of single-seater racing talent when he took the chequered flag for Arden Motorsport as the winner of race two at Hockenheim, ahead of the German Grand Prix.
Mardenborough was a student on a gap year when he won the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition. Since then he has been a model student of Nissan’s driver development programme and become an incredible professional racing driver.
His performance at the Le Mans 24 Hours caused a great deal of excitement and in this race he took everything he has learned and turned it into victory in GP3, the series for aspiring Formula One drivers.
Jann had a tough time at his ‘home’ GP3 event at Silverstone. After struggling for grip in both races he knew he had his work cut out if he was going to turn it around for Hockenheim.
“I learned at Silverstone that I need to look after my tyres,” said Mardenborough.
“Since then the team has worked hard with me, both at the workshop and in the Red Bull simulator.
“During race one I started 14th but worked hard to manage my tyre wear and sure enough when some of the others ‘fell off the cliff’ I was able to get up to eighth place, which I was pleased about.
“The tyre wear on Saturday was amplified by the heat so it was good the team had drilled all this information into me and I was able to manage the situation.”
Eighth place in race one means pole position for race two. Jann is known for having a cool head when under pressure and he controlled the race from the front like the true professional he is. Mardenborough also took the fastest lap of the race.
“I got a good start and was able to control the pace,” Mardenborough said.
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Mardenborough was a student on a gap year when he won the 2011 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition