NISMO NEWS - DECEMBER 5, 2016
- NISMO Festival this week at Fuji Speedway
- Supercars sign off from Homebush in Sydney
- Nissan celebrates 100th SCCA US championship in 2016
NISSAN CELEBRATES ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS AT NISMO FESTIVAL
Fuji International Speedway, Japan: Race fans around the world will get the chance to watch next Sunday's NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway streamed live on NISMO TV on YouTube for the first time.
The 19th running of the traditional end of season Nissan celebration brings together the stars and the cars from Nissan's motorsport activities.
While many of the most famous cars from Nissan's motorsport history can be seen at Nissan's Heritage Centre in Zama, Japan - this Sunday at Fuji International Speedway they transform from museum pieces back into their natural habitat on the race track.
Fans get the opportunity to see Nissan's current and former stars behind the wheel of race winning machinery from days gone by.
Former GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough will be one of the the stars on site. The Japanese Formula 3 runner-up and GT300 Super GT race winner today received the Richard Seaman Trophy by the British Racing Driver's Club (BRDC).
The award is presented to the best performing BRDC member who competes in racing outside of Formula One.
“We get massive crowds at Fuji for the NISMO Festival on Sunday but on Saturday the drivers get to get a practice run in the cars that we'll be driving on Sunday,” Jann Mardenborough said.
"I asked NISMO earlier in the year whether I could drive a Group C car and I'm going to get to drive a Nissan R92CP. It's one of the last ever Nissan Group C cars with nearly 700 horsepower and an old school H-pattern gearbox. That is going to be a lot of fun to drive.
"We get to drive all sorts of race cars from the past and it is certainly an event that I really look forward to. As soon as it finishes, I'm already looking forward to next year. I'm hyped for it!"
While cars of yesteryear are a popular attraction, fans will also get to see the new-for-2017 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 machine on track with two-time Super GT champion Tsugio Matsuda at the wheel.
After winning the championship in 2014 and 2015, this is the machine that Nissan has built to challenge for the GT500 title again in 2017.
The live stream from NISMO.tv from Sunday's NISMO Festival is expected to kick off on Sunday at 8:30am Japan time / 12:30am CET / 11:30pm UK time / 6:30pm US Eastern / 3:30pm US Pacific.
NISSAN MOTORSPORT OUT OF LUCK IN SYDNEY HOMEBUSH FAREWELL
Homebush, Sydney, NSW, Australia: Nissan Motorsport encountered a tough end to the 2016 Supercars Championship in Australia, as a number of issues plagued the team at the season-ending Sydney 500.
Michael Caruso started Sunday's final event with a sensational qualifying performance in the #23 Nissan NISMO Altima – qualifying seventh fastest in the shootout. Caruso had previously finished 13th on Saturday.
After spending most of the event inside the Top 10, an alternator issue towards the end of the race forced a lengthy unscheduled stop. That dropped Caruso down the order from 8th to 19th. The #23 Nissan NISMO was able to recover a few positions and crossed the line in 14th to secure a Top 10 Championship points position.
After a P12 result on Saturday, Todd Kelly made it into Sunday's Top 10 Shootout following a 10th placed qualifying session. A tidy lap in the Shootout put the him ninth on the grid. Utilising the same long opening stint strategy that worked well on Saturday, Kelly would inherit the lead by lap 24 as those around him made their first stops.
Despite consistently running inside the Top 10 throughout the race, a drivetrain issue forced Kelly to coast in the final few laps. The carsales Racing Altima crossed the line in 19th as Kelly finished the year in 14th place in the Championship.
After finishing sixth on Saturday, Rick Kelly started from 12th on Sunday but picked up a puncture during the opening lap of the race. Despite then driving a clean stint in the hope of a safety car, an electrical gremlin left the No.15 Sengled Altima stranded at the entry to pit lane on lap 63. After recovering the car back to the pits, the team was unable to send him back out. Kelly finished the year 13th in the Championship.
Dale Wood started his final event with Nissan Motorsport from 23rd on the grid. Wood's rear suspension was damaged on the opening lap when a competitor ran into the No.98 Altima. The team worked hard to repair the issue and even sent him back out. But when he entered the pits again, it was for good. Wood finished the year 22nd in the Championship.
NISSAN CELEBRATES 100th SCCA CHAMPIONSHIP IN 2016
Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, Ohio, USA: Some of the biggest names in US motorsport's history have driven Nissan and Datsun machines to Sports Car Club of America championship success .
This year at the annual SCCA National Championship Runoffs at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Nissan recorded its 100th championship victory in 49 years of competition.
Nissan legend Bob Sharp scored the first ever win in 1967. The Nissan honour-roll reads like a "who's who" of US motorsport history including John Morton, Don Devendorf, Elliott Forbes-Robinson, actor-racer Paul Newman and Bob's Sharp's son Scott who will pilot a Nissan-powered Prototype in next year's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The 100th championship victory this year went to Nissan 350Z driver, Derek Kulach. Click here to read more about Nissan's 100th victory or click on the image above to download the PDF from the SCCA magazine.
Nissan achieved more success last weekend in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in California. Nissan 370Zs finished 1-2 in the "EO" class with the win coming down to a final two-hour battle before Valkyrie Autosport took the win.
HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
Check out the images from last year's NISMO Festival plus Australian Supercars images from the final round of the year in Sydney.
NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan
Dubai 24 Hours, Dubai Autodrome, United Arab Emirates
The Nissan 370z that will do battle at the Dubai 24 Hour has been packed and is on its way to to the United Arab Emirates. Take a look at how the team pack for the first endurance race of the year.