Jann Mardenborough says he is pleased with the constant progress being made with the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, despite failing to make the 110 per cent qualifying limit.

The former GT Academy winner and GP3 race winner was the second fastest of the Nissans at the end of qualifying, but his 13th place on the grid was cancelled after officials demoted it behind the LMP2 cars as a consequence of its failing to meet 110 per cent requirements.

Though the youngster admits the front-wheel drive configuration is making it difficult to drive in the corners, he says strides are being made and will continue to do so going forward.

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"We are making progress," he said. "Every time we are in the car, something has improved. I am happy and so are the drivers. There was an improvement everywhere, in the slow speed and the high speed, but it is still an area we need to find a lot of time.

"The engineers seem to have a plan for that, so hopefully it is going to be better."