Second place at Zandvoort for Ordonez and Buncombe makes it three podiums in a row.
A weekend at the beach resulted in more podium joy for the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN squad yesterday, leaders of the FIA GT Series Pro-Am Championship. Racing by the sand dunes of Zandvoort in Holland, the No.35 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 of Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe took second place in class in the main race bringing the tally of podiums in Nissan's last three GT3 races to three out of three.
As with all FIA GT Series race meetings, there was a qualifying race on Saturday afternoon, the result of which set the grid for the main race on Sunday. Wolfgang Reip had a good start in the No.32 GT-R but after only one lap he was involved in an unavoidable accident when another car spun in front of him and left him with nowhere to go other than for an early bath.
Al Buncombe also had a tough beginning when he picked up a puncture from all the debris that came onto the track after the lap one shenanigans. After cruising back to the pits for fresh rubber he got back into the race where he, and later Lucas, made sure and steady progress to get up to 13th place, which would be their grid position for the main race.
After retiring from the qualifying race, the No.32 GT-R started the race from the second to last row of the grid, just ahead of Sebastien Loeb's McLaren. Mark Shulzhitskiy had the first run in the car during morning warm up after it was repaired overnight on Saturday and duly topped the timesheets. The Russian racer was at the wheel for the start and he made a good getaway.
Further ahead Lucas had made a great start in the No.35 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, but after just five minutes of racing the red flags came out after a big accident on the start/finish straight. All of the cars had to stop on the grid while the track was cleared.