One former GT Academy winner is set to replace another in next weekend’s Blancpain Endurance Cup finale at Barcelona at GT Sport Motul Team RJN.
Team regular Lucas Ordonez will miss the final round due to a shoulder injury sustained during a cycling incident, and replaced on short notice by Britian Jan Mardenborough, who competes with Nissan in Super GT.
The accident occurred during training exercises in Majorca. After consulting renowned sports injury specialist Dr. Xavier Mir – who has worked with MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez – it has been confirmed the Spaniard will not be fit to drive in the Barcelona event.
At the race next weekend, Mardenborough will race alongside Alex Buncombe and Matt Parry.
“I just cannot believe it,” said Ordonez.
“I was going slowly, and suddenly I was in agony on the ground. To miss this race, my home race is such bad luck. I’m not sure what hurts more, missing the race or the pain from my shoulder.
“It will be great to have Jann back with the team, but I wish I were able to share a car with him. Being on the sidelines will be tough, but hopefully, I can help the team off-track in whatever way I can.”
Mardenborough added: “I’m very excited to do another race with Bob Neville and the RJN guys, but I wish it were under better circumstances.
“I feel bad for Lucas. I know he is shattered. It is bad enough to miss out on a race through injury but is even worse when it is in your home country, and you miss out on the chance to race in front of your fans, family, and friends.”