Le Mans
Aug 21

Ordonez Appointed Nissan ZEOD RC Test Driver

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC. (Photo: Nissan)

Lucas Ordóñez, test and development driver of the ZEOD RC. (Photo: )

Nissan’s inaugural “gamer-to-racer” Lucas Ordóñez has been appointed as the official test and development driver of the Nissan ZEOD RC program – the unique electric race car that will debut at next year’s 24 Hours.

Launched at Le Mans in June this year, the Nissan ZEOD RC will make its race debut at next year’s 24 Hours event. It will hit the track for the first time next month for testing with Spaniard Ordóñez entrusted with the development duties for the car.

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Aug 6

Hartley Seizing The Moment In Sports Cars

hartley seizing the moment in sports cars

Photo Credit: Nick Busato

Three years ago, was on the fast track to Formula One.

As a Red Bull test and reserve driver, the New Zealander, who moved to Europe at the age of 16, had come up through the single-seater ranks and showed promise in Formula Renault 3.5, being touted as the energy drink giant’s next greatest star.

But after being dropped from the Red Bull Junior Team midway through the 2010 season, Hartley was forced to re-evaluate his long-term prospects for , despite later making repeated attempts of breaking into the sport’s pinnacle.

“Growing up, my dream was F1,” Hartley says in a SPEED.com interview. “But the start of last year, I realized that it’s not as easy to get there as meets the eye. There are only 22 seats and the majority of the seats are taken up by drivers who are paying to be there. I’m not saying I deserve to be there more than anyone else.

“I had a big chance and was very close to being a Formula One driver, probably more than people realize. But at that moment in my career, I was young and a bit lost within my head and I didn’t cope with the pressure I had around me and missed out on the opportunity.”

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