NISMO NEWS - MAY 15, 2017
- Good speed but bad fortune at Silverstone
- Super GT returns to NISMO.TV this weekend
- Supercars and World Challenge battles loom
MOTUL TEAM RJN SHOW SPEED BUT LACK FORTUNE AT SILVERSTONE
Silverstone, UK: Motul Team RJN were left wondering "what if" after a frustrating day on home soil at Silverstone in the latest round of the Blancpain GT Championship Endurance Cup.
The team ended the day with a 16th place finish for the No.23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 piloted by NISMO factory aces Alex Buncome, Lucas Ordóñez and Katsumasa Chiyo.
The No.22 entry of Matt Parry, Struan Moore and Matt Simmons finished 24th. In qualifying Lucas Ordóñez kicked off the first segment by going fastest of all in the 55 car field for the second race in a row. Alex Buncombe's run on a second set of tyres looked set to put the No.23 machine into the top six when he was 6/10ths of a second up after the first two sectors, only for a red flag to cruelly force the Brit to abandon the lap.
Ordóñez (starting P22) and Struan Moore (P14) started the race and both made strong progress forward. Both Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s had stints inside the top ten only to be pushed back due to unfortunate timings of safety cars - hitting the No.22 entry particularly hard.
A late race drive-through penalty ruined the chance of a top ten result for No.23 after Katsumasa Chiyo was judged to have exceeded the maximum driving time by a mere 14 seconds.
"When I was in clear air I could get down into the two minute, two second pace which seemed like a pretty good race pace," Buncombe said.
"Unfortunately half way in my stint I got told I had to do a drive through penalty because Chiyo was slightly over in his driver time.
"What I'd gained in my stint, I had to lose by touring the pit lane which is a shame. We ended up P16 so this was not our weekend here but I'm really looking forward to the next one at Paul Ricard."
LIVE ON NISMO.TV: SUPER GT ACTION RETURNS TO AUTOPOLIS
Autopolis, Japan: Live Super GT action returns to NISMO.TV on YouTube this weekend with round three of the championship heading to Autopolis in southern Japan.
The championship returns to the venue after last year's race was cancelled due to circuit damaged caused by the Kumamoto earthquakes.
Autopolis however has been a happy hunting ground for Nissan with Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda taking victories here in 2014 and 2015. Nissan also won here in 2015 in GT300 with Kazuki Hoshino and Mitsunori Takaboshi victorious in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Former GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough will do battle at Autopolis for the first time in his third round aboard the No.12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R alongside Hiro Yasuda.
Super GT Autopolis - Global tune-in times.
WORLD CHALLENGE AND SUPERCARS ACTION RETURN THIS WEEKEND
A busy weekend looms for Nissan and NISMO around the world with Pirelli World Challenge, the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and the Nissan Micra Cup joining Super GT on the schedule.
The Always Evolving AIM Autosport Nisasn GT-R NISMO GT3 squad will head to Toronto's Canadian Tire Motorsport Park for the second SprintX round of the championship. Former GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez will again join forces with Frankie Montecalvo.
"I'm really excited to get back into the GT-R because we had really good pace at the opening round at VIR,” Sanchez said.
“Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is a really ‘old school’ track – pretty much every corner is sixth, fifth gear or fourth gear. It's a really quick venue and the GTR is strong on high speed corners. I've been training on the sim a lot, so I'm looking forward to get back on the car.
“Frankie and I just need to focus on get a good set up, stay clean on track, and hopefully we can get a win for the team.”
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park will also welcome the Canadian Micra Cup Championship for the first of two events there this year.
In Australia, the Nissan Motorsport Altima squad will do battle at its "home" track at Winton Motor Raceway - the venue where Nissan scored its first Altima victory.
"Winton is a great event and one where we’ve had success in the past," Michael Caruso said. "It is a track I know extremely well, and the team uses it as our official test track.
"The car is feeling good. We just need to work harder at getting the most out of the new-for-2017 tyres. But we have a great bunch of people here, so I’m confident we’ll be able to do our best.”
HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
Latest high res imagery from this weekend's round of the Blancpain GT Championship from Silverstone.
Super GT, Autopolis, Japan
Pirelli World Challenge, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Toronto, Canada
Nissan Micra Cup, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Toronto, Canada
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Winton, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Lime Rock Park Park, Lakeville, Connecticut, USA
Nissan Micra Cup, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Canada
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Belle Isle, Detroit, Michigan, USA
Super GT is back on NISMO.tv next weekend with round 3 of the championship from Autopolis. The series returns after missing 2016 due to the circuit being damaged from an earthquake.
Check out the highlights from Fuji Speedway.