In his debut appearance on the grid of the prestigious Le Mans 24-Hour Race, Jann Mardenborough (Carlin) who contests the 2013 FIA Formula 3 European Championship made it to the top 10 in the overall rankings. And in his category, LMP2, he even finished fourth, together with his team-mates Michael Krumm and Lucas Ordoñez.
Describing the career of 21-year Briton Jann Mardenborough as special wouldn’t be inappropriate. And it was made in quantum leaps. Just two years ago, he prevailed in the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy against 90.000 opponents to afterwards make his first steps on the motor-racing ladder. This weekend he made his debut in the legendary Le Mans 24-Hour race at the wheel of an LMP2 vehicle. After the race that proved to be particularly difficult due to the permanently changing weather conditions, not only Mardenborough’s far more experienced team-mate Michael Krumm praised the performance of the young-gun: “I was really impressed by Jann. If your experiences is so limited and you are able to push that hard without making noteworthy mistakes, nevertheless, you definitely have got talent. So, there’s no doubt that Jann is of great talent.”
The Formula 3 driver demonstrated his skills particularly in the night when he contested a triple stint and impressed with fast lap times. Rookie Mardenborough also contested the first and the final stint but despite the fine fourth place secured by the squad in the LMP2 category, the ambitious Briton was disappointed. “I wanted to make it to the podium at all costs and we gave our very best to achieve this goal,” he said. “Unfortunately we didn’t make it. Nonetheless, I have to admit that contesting this race was a great experience for me.”
With their Zytek Nissan, the Greaves Motorsport trio held the third position in the LMP2 category for a long time but in the end, they had to settle for finishing fourth. “The entire team did a great job and we didn’t make any mistakes,” analysed the experienced German Michael Krumm. “We just lacked the necessary luck and lost time in nearly each of the numerous safety-car periods.”