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GP Week : Issue 119
FEATURE >> really young. And that’s not the same as being in a proper GT car. But the training I had with the GT Academy and with Johnny Herbert was fantastic and we proved in Dubai that we’ve got the pace. Three years later were headed to Le Mans. How has this experience changed you, both physically and mentally? Three years ago I was nearly 8kg heavier. I have a personal trainer so physically things have changed a lot. On the other side, I was a normal student doing an MBA in Madrid, and now I’m traveling around the world racing nearly every month, meeting people everywhere, so it’s a completely different life. HowbigastepupisLeMans compared to the racing you’ve done thus far? Le Mans is a big step. Last year I was doing the GT4 European GT Cup, racing a proper GT car but that’s completely different to my Le Mans car, which is a prototype; Five hundred horsepower, carbon brakes, aerodynamic downforce. I’ve spent a lot of track time adapting to the new driving style and improve my performance. I think we’re ready. Do you still play video games? Yes! PlayStation still sponsor me, give me games and everything. But I’m always traveling, so I don’t get much time. I only spend a few days at home each month. I still enjoy racing against my friends on Gran Turismo. Given your digital background, would you be interested in working with Formula One teams on their simulators? That’s interesting because I talked with Pedro de la Rosa a couple of years ago, and he said that would be a good career path for me. We’ll see in the future, but I think I have some skills for developing simulators. Can you see yourself having your own PlayStation game one day, like Colin McRae Rally? [laughs] That would be amazing! I know the owner of Gran Turismo, Kazunori Yamauchi, and maybe we can do something together in the future. You’ve completed your MBA now. What are your future ambitions beyond racing? For me and my family it was really important I finish my studies. I got my MBA after the Dubai 24 Hours. Now I’m completely focused on maintaining a career as a professional racing driver, working with Nissan and PlayStation, improving my race-craft. I’m focused on this first Le Mans, and then we have Imola, Silverstone, Road Atlanta and China. Then we shall see for next year. Motor racing is never easy. You don’t know when it might come to an end. Le Mans is my biggest ambition and I hope to win it in the future – that’s a hell of a difficult target. From PlayStation to Sarthe – that’s the unbelievable path taken by Lucas Ordonez, who explained it all to ADAM HAY-NICHOLLS 35