GT Academy grad­u­ate wins at Ger­man Grand Prix

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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.

For a full run­down on all things Nis­san, call into Thomp­son Nis­san, Be­nalla road Shep­par­ton. Or call Gary on 58222 666.

Mar­den­bor­ough was a stu­dent on a gap year when he won the 2011 Nis­san PlayS­ta­tion GT Academy com­pe­ti­tion

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