NISMO NEWS - JUNE 7, 2017
- Supercar aces on UK sports grand tour
- Nissan engines returning to 24 Hours of Le Mans
- ESM squad continue fighting hard at Detroit
SUPERCARS ACES CARUSO AND DE SILVESTRO ON UK SPORTS TOUR
United Kingdom: Nissan Motorsport stars Michael Caruso and Simona De Silvestro have taken time out from their Virgin Australia Supercars Championship campaigns to escort a group of Australian fans on a UK sports trip of a lifetime
The Australian and Swiss Nissan Altima drivers took the competition winners to the UEFA Champions League Final as well as two ICC Champions Trophy one-day cricket matches in Birmingham, England, including Australia’s clash with New Zealand. The duo were accompanied by Melbourne City footballer Neil Kilkenny who also attended the Champions League final in Cardiff. The event was a bittersweet night for Caruso who is an avid Juventus fan. His team lost out to Real Madrid 4-1.
Nissan is a sponsor of European football governing body UEFA, the International Cricket Council, and Kilkenny's club in the Australian A-League football competion.
“I’ve been to lots of sporting events around the world, but I have never been to anything like the Champions League final,” said De Silvestro.
“The crowd was making so much noise – they are so passionate. It was great to be a part of, and you couldn’t take the smile off the faces of our competition winners.”
The duo will be back on track later this month in Australia when the championship visits Darwin's Hidden Valley Raceway from June 16-18. VIDEO Check out MIchael Caruso and Simona De Silvestro's football and cricket visit to the UEFA Champions League Final and the ICC Champions Trophy.
NISSAN RETURNING TO CIRCUIT DE LA SARTHE AT LE MANS NEXT WEEK
Le Mans, France: Nissan power will return to the Circuit de la Sarthe next week for both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Road to Le Mans support race.
LM P1 squad ByKolles will contest next week's endurance classic powered by the Turbo 3.0 liter VRX30A evo engine. The team prepared for Le Mans last Sunday at the annual test day where they completed 68 laps with Oliver Webb, Marco Bonanomi and Dominik Kraihamer at the wheel As the sole engine supplier for the LM P3 class, Nissan and NISMO will also be in action in Road to Le Mans event which features GT3 cars.
Nissan powerplants will power a total of 34 LM P3 machines from chassis-makers Ligier, Norma, Adess and Ginetta.
The Road to Le Mans will include a pair of 55 minute races, one on Thursday and the final on Saturday at 11:30am, prior to the 24 Hours.
ESM LOOKS AHEAD TO WATKINS GLEN AFTER BATTLING THE BUMPS IN DETROIT
Detroit, MI, USA – The Nissan-powered ESM squad has its sights set on the sweeping turns of Watkins Glen after a tough battle on the streets of Belle Isle in Detroit last weekend.
After a shortened qualifying session which was red flagged before many of the prototype entires had recorded a representative lap, both ESM cars fought hard in the race. The Johannes van Overbeek/Ed Brown No. 22 was running fourth late in the race before they had to make a late stop for fuel.
The No. 2 entry of Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel suffered a rear end failure with only 10 minutes remaining – a victim of the bumpy Belle Isle circuit.
"We showed in Long Beach how good our Patrón ESM Nissan DPi was on street courses so we are really looking for good things there.
"The No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM guys did about as good as we could have done today," van Overbeek said.
"The strategy, set up, pit stops, driver change, and Ed's stint were all spot on. Towards the end we we're running a competitive fourth but hoping for a yellow that never came. In the end, we had to stop for fuel which shuffled us back to seventh place in the end."
The next round of the championship will be the Watkins Glen Six-Hour on July 2.
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Latest high res imagery from last weekend's prototype action at the 24 Hours of Le Mans test day at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Detroit.
24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, France
Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
Pirelli World Challenge, Road America, Wisconsin, USA
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Watkins Glen, New York, USA