Silverstone team set for Le Mans debut

The Silverstone-based Nissan GT-R LM in action at Le Mans this week
The Silverstone-based Nissan GT-R LM in action at Le Mans this week
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The three Silverstone-based Nissan GT-R LM cars have qualified for this weekend’s Le Mans 24-Hour Race, write Colin and James Beckett.

The front-engined machines all took to the Circuit de la Sarthe during Wednesday’s opening track sessions in Le Mans to place themselves on the grid for the 2015 edition of the world’s most famous motor race that starts at 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

The three cars, running numbers 21, 22 and 23, completed laps in both the Free Practice and Official Qualifying sessions, with the number 23 car of Olivier Pla, Jann Mardenborough and Max Chilton performing the best - clocking the 12th fastest time.

Marc Gene, the 2009 Le Mans race winner and an ambassador for the team, said: “Everything seems to be going quite well at the moment.

“Le Mans is a tough playground, and this whole adventure is very new for everyone. The plan is for the three cars to race hard for the duration of the race with the aim being to reach the finish and the chequered flag at 3pm on Sunday afternoon.”

The Nissan team is completed by Tsuigo Matsuda, Mark Shulzhitskiy and Lucas Ordonez in the 21 car, with Harry Tincknell, Michael Krumm and Alex Buncombe in the 22 car.