GP3 Series race winner Jann Mardenborough has been named alongside fellow GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez as drivers for Nissan's burgeoning Le Mans and World Endurance Championship effort for 2015.

The pair, who got their motorsport break after coming through the Nissan and Sony endorsed 'gamer to racer' programme, have progressed their careers with the help of Nissan in recent years but will come full circle for the manufacturer's high profile sportscar project.

The pair will team up in the new front-engined, front-wheel drove GT-R LM Nismo for the full World Endurance Championship alongside the experienced Michael Krumm.

For Mardenborough, who has impressed in two outings at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the LMP2 class, the chance to drive alongside the world's best in LMP1 was an opportunity that was too good to pass up.

"I want to show that there is a different route to the top of motorsport, than just years and years of expensive go karting, by winning at Le Mans," said Mardenborough. "It's an honour for me to be chosen to compete in LM P1 for Nissan.

"I have raced at Le Mans twice in LM P2 so I have seen the current LM P1 cars at very close quarters out on the track. To think I will be racing one this year is very exciting. The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO looks set to be an historic race car and I get to drive it!"

The first winner of the GT Academy project, Ordonez most recently competed at Le Mans with Nissan's ZEOD RC project last year. The Spaniard is thrilled to be getting this chance, as well as a full-time drive in Super GT.

"When I received the call telling me I would race the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO and the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 it was like winning GT Academy all over again," said Ordonez. "Last year was incredible, racing in Japan and learning all about the unique racing culture over there. Now I get to race in the top class in Japan and at Le Mans I will jump into the ultimate GT-R!

"I know it sounds like a clich? but GT Academy really does turn dreams into reality, giving people a real chance to get their dream job, just like I did. For sure you have to work hard but when you do the rewards are there. I have never been so excited about the start of a new season."

Olivier Pla, Marc Gene and Harry Tincknell will make up the drivers in the sister Nissan GT-R LM Nismo.



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