NISMO NEWS - APRIL 3, 2017
· NISMO TV to show entire Super GT season on YouTube
· Australian Supercars head to Tasmania
· Long Beach looms for ESM in IMSA battle
SUPER GT CHAMPIONSHIP TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON NISMO.TV
YOKAHAMA, Japan: This year's Japanese Super GT championship battle will be shown live on YouTube across the globe on NISMO.TV.
The championship kicks off this weekend at Okayama in Japan with Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda aiming to repeat their 2016 victory.
The new-look GT500 class this season features new cars with less downforce than was used previously compared to the 2014-2016 spec cars.
Nissan dominated during that period including another strong season in 2016:
- Victory in 12 of the 24 races staged from 2014-2016
- Three GT-R entries won races in 2016
- Championship success in 2014 and 2015
- Victory in five of the eight races in 2016
The NISMO.TV coverage can be seen on YouTube everywhere around the world outside of Japan. The coverage is a huge bonus for Nissan's international Super GT drivers including Quintarelli (Italy), JP de Oliveira (Brazil) and GT500 newcomer Jann Mardenborough (United Kingdom).
“Fans in Japan have of course known about the spectacular action that happens in Super GT but thanks to NISMO.TV we’ve been able to share that with Nissan and NISMO fans around the world,” Quintarelli said.
“When I’m racing here in Japan I am of course a long way from home in Italy so it is brilliant for my friends, family and fans to be able to watch every race live.
“Tsugio (Matsuda) and I will hopefully give everyone something to cheer about. We missed out on the championship last year, but we’re very keen to grab it back in 2017."
Former GT Academy winner Mardenborough will team with Hironobu Yasuda this season in his GT500 debut aboard the No.12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R.
“I can’t wait to get started in GT500 for the first race at Okayama. Testing has been great but I’m really looking forward to getting stuck into the race season,” Mardenborough said.
“To have the entire year live on NISMO.TV on YouTube is brilliant too. I’ve had my family friends come over and see me race in the championship last year but the fact the entire season will be live around the world is awesome.
“I’m really looking forward to joining forces with Hironobu (Yasuda), getting our Calsonic IMPUL GT-R to the front of the pack, and giving it our best shot for the fans."
SUPERCARS HEAD TO TASMANIA FOR SYMMONS PLAINS
LAUNCESTON, Tasmania, Australia: The Virgin Australia Supercars championship heads across Bass Straight to Tasmania this weekend as Nissan Motorsport prepares for battle at the unique Symmons Plains circuit near Launceston.
Originally opened in 1960, Symmons Plains is one of the longest serving circuits of the combined history of the Australian Touring Car Championship and the Supercar Championship Series.
The circuit basically features three corners with two long straights split by a tight banked hairpin.
“I always look forward to heading over to Tassie," Todd Kelly said.
"It’s always an enjoyable round as it's quite a contrast to the races we have done so far this year - being Clipsal and the AGP. Tasmania (and especially Launceston) is one of those nice quiet little places that I would go and spend a few days at with the family, it has a great feel about it.
"And even though the circuit is fairly small, with probably the least amount of corners of any track that we race on, they are some of the best corners in the country.
"It’s one of those tracks that you can really get in a rhythm on and the laps in the race can seem to just disappear. The season so far has had a decent shakeup with the new tyres, so I can’t wait to see how the weekend plays out for us.”
Todd Kelly and teammates Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso and Simona de Silvestro will be on track for the first practice from Friday before contesting a 50-lap battle on Saturday and an 84-lap race on Sunday.
Nissan last week confirmed its line-up for the end-of-season endurance races with Dean Fiore joining Michael Caruso, David Wall joining Rick Kelly, Jack le Brocq joining Todd Kelly and David Russell teaming with Simona de Silvestro.
FROM THE ENDURANCE TO SPRINT - LONG BEACH NEXT FOR ESM
LONG BEACH, California, USA: After contesting the "36 hours of Florida" at Daytona and Sebring, Nissan engine customer team ESM is set to do battle in the shortest IMSA race of the season - the 100 minute battle at Long Beach this weekend.
The historic Californian venue is the only street circuit on the IMSA calendar and provides a unique challenge for the teams - in fact - it is the only street circuit in use by either the IMSA, FIA WEC or ELMS championships around the world.
"Long Beach has to be in the top five, in terms of atmosphere, for any race in the world," said ESM's Johannes van Overbeek.
"Southern California has a very rich car and racing culture and new and old is on display during the Long Beach weekend. It's one of my favorite events, and I'm thrilled to be back with Ed and Tequila Patrón ESM. Because of the tight nature and the short race length, it will be a dogfight from start to finish."
Van Overbeek will team with Ed Brown aboard the team's No.22 entry with Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel in the No.2.
In other Nissan news on-track...
- United Autosports set the pace in LMP3 testing at the European Le Mans Series test at Monza last week. The LMP3 class in the championship is powered exclusively by Nissan. United's Sean Rayhall and John Falb's No.2 entry set the pace at 1:45.219.
- Nissan dominated the opening round of the Super Taikyu Championship at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan with Uchida Yuunori / Tomonobu Fujii / Kazuki Hiramine leading a GT-R podium sweep for the 2016 championship-winning Kondo Racing.
- Former GT Academy winner Romain Sarazin made his GT4 European Series Northern Cup debut with Sean Walkinshaw Racing alongside Charlie Fagg aboard a Nissan 370Z. The pair finished 10th and 11th in the two races - the second result hindered by a stop-go penalty for a pit lane infringement.
HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
High res imagery previewing this weekend's Super GT, Supercars and IMSA battles in Japan, Australia and the USA.
Super GT, Okayama, Japan
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Long Beach, California, USA
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Symmons Plains, Tasmania, Australia
FIA World Endurance Championship, Silverstone, England
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Monza, Italy
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia.
NISMO TV will broadcast every round of the 2017 Super GT Championship - get ready for the action this weekend from Okayama.