NISMO NEWS - APRIL 25, 2017
- New GT-R NISMO GT3 hits the track
- NISMO Festival 2017 date announced
- Unlucky 13th for Motul Team RJN at Monza
- Pirelli World Challenge debut looms for Sanchez
- Top ten runs in crazy Phillip Island Supercars weekend
NEW NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 HITS THE TRACK IN JAPAN
The first test for the for the new car took place on April 11-12 at Fuji International Speedway where development drivers, Masataka Yanagida and Michael Krumm were joined by Mitsunori Takaboshi, who is competing in this season’s Super GT GT300 class driving the current model Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. Additional tests will take place in both Japan and Europe to develop the new GT-R which will replace the current specification car which is competing in championships around the world in 2017 including Super GT GT300 in Japan, Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup throughout Europe and Pirelli World Challenge in the USA.
“It was amazing how all the systems worked so well right from the beginning and the potential for making further improvements is very high," said Michael Krumm.
"As this car will be used worldwide by a variety of drivers with different styles, I want to work hard to ensure that it is possible to drive it safely at high speeds. I’m looking forward to the next tests.”
Details regarding the car's debut were revealed this morning in Japan along with the date for this year's 20th anniversary of the NISMO Festival at Fuji Speedway.
This year's event – again supported by NISMO partner Motul – will take place on Sunday, November 26. “As this will be a milestone 20th NISMO Festival, we are determined to put on an event that people will remember for years to come," said NISMO president Takao Katagiri.
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High res imagery of the new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
UNLUCKY 13th FOR RJN TEAM MOTUL IN MONZA BLANCPAIN BATTLE
MILAN, Italy: The Motul Team RJN Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 assault on the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup got off to an unlucky start at the first round of the championship at Monza.
The No.22 GT-R of Brits Struan Moore, Matt Parry and Australian GT Academy winner Matt Simmons pulled off a 13th place finish in the three hour battle.
The trio had looked set for a top ten finish only to suffer a late race drive-through penalty for contact. The No.23 machine piloted by the Nissan factory stars was even more unlucky with Lucas Ordóñez left with nowhere to go when he was caught up in a massive green flag crash.
Contact between two cars on the start caused drama for the tightly packed 50 car field with Ordóñez one of 16 cars caught in the crash – an incredible 32 per cent of the field involved in the incident.
Teammates Katsumasa Chiyo and Alex Buncombe sadly never got to drive in the race.
The 13th place finish for the No.22 car came after a brilliant performance in qualifying by Matt Parry who put the car sixth on the grid. “It felt good to be able to pick off the cars ahead of me at the start of my stint, and the car felt really good for the entire time I was on track," Parry said.
"The penalty was just one of those things, and I’ll learn from it, but it’s disappointing to think that, without the drive-though, we could have finished well inside the top ten.
"That would have been a fantastic debut for the No.22 car, but I think we can look forward to the next race with a lot of confidence.”
Motul Team RJN will now set its sights on the second round of the championship at Silverstone in the UK on May 13-14.
GT ACADEMY WINNER SANCHEZ READY FOR USA DEBUT
DANVILLE, VA, USA: Former GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez is set to make his US race debut this weekend as the Always Evolving / AIM Autosport squad returns to Pirelli World Challenge action in the SprintX Championship.
Modelled after the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, the SprintX weekends will feature two x one-hour races each weekend - each with a driver change.
Sanchez will team up with former Pirelli World Challenge GTA class champion, American driver Frankie Montecalvo.
"After two years of racing in Europe, I'm looking forward to not having to worry about any jet lag," Sanchez said.
"Now, it’s just short flights to the U.S. and only one or two hours of time difference. I won’t lose as much time just trying to get my body onto the time zone.
"It’s going to be easier for sure and going from this high altitude in Mexico down to sea level is going to be easier for me, physically, as well."
TOP TENS FOR NISSAN MOTORSPORT AT PHILLIP ISLAND SUPERCARS
PHILLIP ISLAND, Victoria, Australia: Nissan Motorsport has scored a brace of top ten finishes at Phillip Island in a controversial weekend in Australian Supercars.
Multiple tyre failures plagued the category throughout the weekend with Michael Caruso scoring his second top ten of the weekend despite losing another tyre.
Caruso scored fifth in Saturday's race with Todd Kelly taking sixth place. On Sunday all four Nissan's were inside the top 13 with Rick Kelly taking ninth, Caruso 10th, Todd Kelly 11th and Simona de Silvestro 13th
"Unfortunately another tyre let go on us today, this compromised our position and affected our car mechanically, Caruso said.
"After the tyre had gone the car was no longer as strong as it was at the start of the race. So we managed to finish 10th.
"Considering we had a few dramas in the race, it's not too bad. We’ll move on and think about the next one." The Nissan Altima was again successful in the Super2 support catagory with Jack Le Broqc taking victory on Sunday.
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High res imagery from Blancpain GT Action at Monza and Virgin Australia Supercars Championship at Phillip Island.
Pirelli World Challenge, VIR, Danville, Virginia
Super GT, Fuji International Speedway, Japan
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, COTA, Austin, Texas, USA
FIA WEC, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium.
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia
Blancpain GT Series Monza NISMO TV recap. Click below to view.