Winner of Nissan’s GT Academy competition, Jann Mardenborough, invited to test by Renault Sport
Nissan NISMO racing driver, Jann Mardenborough, will take advantage of the increasing motorsport co-operation between Nissan and Renault on 3 November when he tests a Formula Renault 3.5 racing car at the Motorland Circuit in Spain. 23 year-old Mardenborough will drive the single-seater at the invitation of Renault Sport Technologies.An invitation from Renault Sport to test a Formula Renault 3.5 machine is usually reserved for the winners of various racing series but special invitations are sometimes made to drivers who have shown high levels of potential.
Widely considered as one of the final stepping-stones ahead of Formula 1, Formula Renault 3.5 is the ideal training ground for the F1 stars of the future.Since winning GT Academy in 2011, Mardenborough has competed in a variety of racing series, from British GT to the Le Mans 24 Hours, Formula 3 and now the GP3 Series. He is a winner, pure and simple, discovered by GT Academy and developed by Nissan’s own driver development programme.“It’s great to have the opportunity to test the Formula Renault 3.5 and I’m grateful to Renault and Nissan for this opportunity,” said Mardenborough. “These cars have a lot more power and downforce than a GP3 car - more than a GP2 car too – so they are a lot of fun to drive. The tyres they have are good and the racing is flat out. In many ways it is very similar to F1, with things like DRS and carbon brakes. I will make sure I make the most of this test.”“Jann’s potential has become very apparent to us over the last two seasons, since he has been racing in single-seaters,” said Jean-Pascal Dauce, Motorsport Director of Renault Sport. “With our close ties with Nissan it has been good for us to collaborate with NISMO’s Darren Cox to offer opportunities to talented drivers like Jann.”
“This is what having an alliance is all about,” said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO. “ We are already collaborating with Renault – there is a NISMO engine in the Renault Sport R.S. 01 and the winners of the new Renault Sport Trophy will be given opportunities to drive our cars in Super GT and LM P2. Future collaborations could include using GT Academy to help get more drivers onto the single seater ladder without having to rely on karting.”
Mardenborough will take the wheel of the Formula Renault 3.5 single-seater at the Motorland Test on 3 November.