NISMO NEWS - SEPTEMBER 4, 2017
- Calsonic colours to be showcased in Supercars battle
- Micra Cup aces do battle at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
NISSAN REVEALS ICONIC CALSONIC LIVERY FOR SUPERCARS AT SANDOWN
Melbourne, Australia – The iconic Calsonic livery is set to race with a new Nissan in Australia this month when it adorns the No. 23 Altima of Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore at the Sandown 500.
At the annual ‘retro round’ for Supercars, the Nissan Motorsport entry will pay tribute to the car that dominated Japanese Group A touring car racing in the early ‘90s. Run by Team Impul in the Japanese Touring Car Championship, the Calsonic Nissan GT-R R32 took an impressive 15 victories, as well as the 1990 and 1993 titles.
In addition, the famous R32 model holds the remarkable record of remaining undefeated in all of its 29 races, from its debut at the start of the 1990 season through to the end of the Group A era in 1993.
The Calsonic Nissan found increased global fame thanks to its popularity in the Gran Turismo video game and became a favorite of GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough, who has gone on to race the Calsonic-sponsored GT500 in Super GT this year.
One of the longest sponsorships in motorsport, Calsonic has joined forces with Nissan for more than 30 years in Super GT and major endurance events including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the All-Japan Sports Prototype Championship.
In Super GT alone, Calsonic won the first three consecutive championships as a sponsor from 1993 to 1995, driven by Masahiko Kageyama, and the famous livery is still seen today on the GT500 driven by Mardenborough and Hiro Yasuda.
The original Calsonic GT-R resides at the Nissan Heritage Museum, in Japan.
“Nissan has achieved a lot in global motorsport and there are so many great liveries to choose from," said Michael Caruso.
"The Calsonic livery is one of Nissan's most famous and perfectly represents its racing heritage. The original Calsonic GT-R was so successful on the track. A perfect record is unheard of in motorsport, so this definitely elevates this car to legendary status."
September’s Wilson Security Sandown 500 is the first event of the Supercars’ endurance season, followed by the Super Cheap Auto Bathurst 1000 and the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, both staged in October.
BEDARD INCREASES MICRA TITLE LEAD WITH PAIR OF RUNNER-UP FINISHES
Canadian Tire Motorsport Park – Kevin King and Stefan Rzadzinski took victories in the penultimate Nissan Micra Cup round of the season last weekend, but it is Olivier Bédard who continues to lead the championship with only one race weekend remaining.
Xavier Coupal scored the pole for Saturday’s race but was eliminated on the opening lap with contact.
King took the victory with Bédard taking the runner-up position and increasing his lead at the top of the championship standings.
Last year’s novice champion, Stéfan Gauthier, took the final spot on the podium.
King started on pole on Sunday, but both Bédard and Rzadzinski were able to find a way by.
With 10 cars running glued together throughout the race, Rzadzinski was able to take the win from Bédard and King.
Coupal was unable to start the race after his Saturday accident and is now out of championship contention.
The series finale is set to be staged at Circuit Mont-Tremblant in three weeks on September 23 and 24.
Nissan Motorsports' Michael Caruso talks about the chance to race in the famous Calsonic colours at this month's Sandown 500 Supercars event.
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- Supercars, Sandown 500, Sandown Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
- IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, California, USA
- European Le Mans Series, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Nissan Micra Cup, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
September 30-October 1
- Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain