NISMO NEWS - SEPTEMBER 12, 2017
- Kelly brothers to run BRE Datsun tribute livery
- 1966 Japanese Grand Prix livery returns for Sandown
- Mardenborough revisits Nissan Calsonic history
KELLY BROTHERS TO RUN BRE TRIBUTE LIVERIES AT SANDOWN 500
Melbourne, Australia – The Kelly brothers will wear near-matching retro liveries for this weekend's Australian Supercars Sandown 500 as Nissan Motorsport pays tribute to the BRE Datsuns that dominated American road racing in the 1970s.
Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE), operated by American automotive designer Peter Brock, claimed SCCA and Trans Am 2.5 titles in the early 70s in a variety of racing Datsuns. That success helped establish the marque’s reputation as a performance brand outside of its homeland of Japan.
As a way of celebrating this heritage, the iconic BRE championship winning liveries have been recreated on both Rick Kelly’s #15 Sengled Racing Altima and Todd Kelly’s #7 carsales Racing Altima.
"The colours of the car are really iconic and really capture the spirit of the retro round," Rick Kelly said.
"There’s been a lot to celebrate in terms of Nissan’s racing history in Australia, but this year we decided to look abroad and to their domination of American road racing in the early 70s.
"We’re all familiar with Australia’s Peter Brock, but America’s Peter Brock ran fast Nissans in the 60s and 70s to great success. So it’s fun to share this history with everyone."
The Pirtek Enduro Cup begins with the Wilson Security Sandown 500, 15-17 September 2017.
DE SILVESTRO TO SHOWCASE NISSAN R380 TYPE II LEGENDARY LIVERY
Melbourne, Australia – Nissan Motorsport will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the marque rewriting the record books, with the team unveiling a special livery for this week's Sandown 500.
Simona De Silvestro’s No.78 Team Harvey Norman Supercar will wear a retro inspired theme to mark the 50th anniversary of the Nissan R380 Type II.
This remarkable car set seven international speed records on October 8, 1967.
With Nissan Racing Team driver Tatsu Yokoyama behind the wheel, the R380 set records in the fastest 50km, 50 miles, 100km, 100 miles, 200km, 200 miles and most distance traveled over 1 hour.
The vehicle also won the 1966 Japanese Grand Prix, as well as setting an original five international speed records in 1965. These achievements confirm the R380 as a Nissan racing legend.
“The car looks amazing, and I love the idea of going retro for Sandown,” said De Silvestro.
“Nissan has a lot of famous race cars and, to be honest, I didn’t know much about the R380 before, but this has been a nice chance to learn about such a successful car. So while it certainly achieved a lot, I think it also makes for a really good looking Supercar.
“The whole team has gotten behind the retro idea, and I think it’s a great way to have a bit of fun ahead of what is a very serious part of the season.”
This year, the 29-year-old Swiss driver makes her debut across the full Pirtek Enduro Cup - following one-off appearances at Bathurst in 2015 and 2016.
MARDENBOROUGH LOOKS BACK AT CALSONIC HISTORY
Melbourne, Australia – GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough has been doing battle in Super GT GT500 in Calsonic colours throughout 2017 but the Welsh ace recently had the chance to look back at the most iconic blue Nissan in Japan.
Nissan Motorsport's Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore will pay tribute to the dominant Calsonic Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 at this weekend's Sandown 500 – replicating the livery on their Nissan Altima with the one that dominated Japanese Group A racing in the early ‘90s.
Mardenborough recently took a closer look at the classic Group A machine which is now housed at the Nissan Heritage Collection in Zama, Japan.
“The Calsonic livery is the longest running motorsport sponsorship in the world – dating back since 1983," Mardenborough said.
“People might not have seen the car race, but they would definitely have seen this car and livery because of Gran Turismo.
“The R32 GT-R in Group A specification was the car to have. It was so successful and popular in Japan and also in Australia because of Nissan’s success in the 90s when Jim Richards won the championship and he and Mark Skaife won Bathurst as well.
“Nissan came in and dominated and that raised a few eyebrows.
“For me to step up to GT500 this year and race in this livery is such a cool feeling because it is so iconic.
“It is going to be great to see this livery on the Altima Supercar for the Sandown 500.”
Jann Mardenborough takes a closer look at the Nissan Skyline GT-R that dominated Group A touring car racing in the 1990s.
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