Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan Tops LM P2 Class
For the second year in a row, a Nissan-powered car took home the top spot in the LM P2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans race after the Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan finished first in its class and fifth in the overall standings. Most impressive is the fact that Nissan-powered vehicles took a 1-2-3-4-5 finish in LM P2 and five top ten finishes overall, solidifying the automaker’s dominance in the class and creating more optimism that Nissan can knock Audi from its perch at next year’s race.
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The No. 38 Zytek Z11SN Nissan was driven expertly by Harry Tincknell, Simon Dolan, and Oliver Turvey, prevailing in the last leg thanks to a timely stop for fuel. Turvey stood in for Marc Gene, who was called upon to take the place of Loic Duval for the eventual overall runner-up No. 1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro after a particularly horrific crash on Wednesday.
The No. 46 TDS Racing Ligier JS P2 Nissan (Pierre Thiriet, Ludovic Badey, and Tristan Gommendy) finished second in class and sixth overall; the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A450b-Nissan (Paul-Loup Chatin, Nelson Panciatici, and Oliver Webb) finished third in class and seventh overall; the No. 24 Sebastien Loeb Racing Oreco 03R-Nissan (Vincent Capillaire, Jan Charouz, and René Rast) finished fourth in class and eighth overall; and the No. 35 OAK Racing Ligier-Nissan (Jann Mardenborough, Mark Shulzhitskiy, and Alex Brundle) finished fifth in class and ninth overall.
Despite the top ten finish, the result was disappointing for the No.35 Ligier-Nissan given that they led the LM P2 field for the better part of 14 hours before being felled by a bad spark plug.
“I’m happy with how I drove here. My long stint last night is the best I have ever felt in a car and I loved racing in the dark,” said Mardenborough. “I’m happy about that and I feel proud that we led the race for 14 hours. We would have walked it without any issues. Le Mans can be cruel.”