Just over three years ago, Lucas was a student studying for his MBA. Between cram sessions, Gran Turismo was his passion – a passion he has translated into a professional driving career with Team Signatech Nissan.
So, how do you go from chip-munching video-game junkie to professional driver?
It all started back in 2008. Ordóñez was the winner of the inaugural GT Academy competition that year.
After several months of online trials and in-game competition, Ordóñez won the spot to represent Spain at a five-day training camp at the Silverstone circuit. In a series of off-track and behind-the-wheel challenges, Ordóñez proved to be the most capable contender, turning his virtual race skills into real race chops.
An intensive four-month driver-training program followed, earning Ordóñez his international racing license in record time.
From there, he went to Dubai to train with former Grand Prix and Le Mans winner Johnny Herbert and the GT Academy team, and subsequently took second place in the 2009 European GT4 Cup with Alex Buncombe.
In 2010, Ordóñez competed in the GT4 Cup 370 Z®, which he assisted Nissan in developing.
2012 — Podium finish at Dubai 24 Hours in 'All-Gamer' Nissan 370Z®
2011 — Intercontinental Le Mans Cup LM P2 Championship win
2011 — Voted LM P2 Rookie of the Year by Speed.com
2011 — Voted LM P2 Rookie of the Year by DailySportsCar.com