NISMO NEWS - SEPTEMBER 18, 2017
- ESM ready for Laguna Seca battle with newly re-signed Dalziel
- Micra Cup Championship showdown looms
- Sandown 500 Supercars recap
NISSAN-POWERED ESM SQUAD READY FOR LAGUNA SECA CHALLENGE
Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA, USA – The Nissan-powered ESM squad have its sights set on repeating its recent IMSA victory when the championship returns to the famous Laguna Seca circuit next weekend.
Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek combined at the last prototype round of the championship at Road America to take Nissan's first victory of the modern IMSA era. The duo, plus Scott Sharp and the newly re-signed Ryan Dalziel are eagerly awaiting to drive the Nissan-powered Onroak chassis this weekend.
For Derani, the trip to the famous Californian circuit will be a first.
"I'm super excited to finally drive at Laguna Seca," Pipo Derani said.
"It's such a historic and cool track that has produced amazing endurance races in the past. Coming from a victory at Road America, it's obvious that our goal is to replicate that result but it is not going to be an easy task.
"We've been working hard on the points we had to improve from last race and hope we can be a step higher here in California."
Ryan Dalziel became the latest ESM driver to confirm his plans for 2018 with the Scotsman continuing with the team next year.
"This has been such a great group to work with," said Dalziel.
"We're a strong team, and I'm looking forward to good things with a good package next year. I'm looking forward to finishing this season on a high, then continuing the development on our package for next year."
TITLE SHOWDOWN FOR MICRA CUP LOOMS FOR BEDARD, KING AND COUPAL
Circuit Mont-Tremblant, QC, Canada – The 2017 Nissan Micra Cup has come down to a three-way battle at the final round at Circuit Mont-Tremblant this weekend.
The Quebec circuit will host the 11th and final rounds of the 2017 Micra Cup season. Three drivers are mathematically in contention to win the crown but 2016 champion Xavier Coupal, who is currently in third place, would need luck on his side in order to defend his title.
Championship leader Olivier Bédard and Kevin King are expected to battle it out for 2017 title. The 2017 season is the third year in a row where the championship has been crowned at the final round.
Inaugural 2015 champion Bédard leads the points with 342 compared to King on 315. If King is victorious in both races, Bédard must at least finish third in one race and fourth in the other in order to claim another championship title.
Nissan Micra Cup drivers will be on the track a total of six times at this weekend's event. Two practice sessions will be held on Friday, followed by a qualifying session on Saturday from 9:25-9:45 am (local time) and the first race at 1:15 pm On Sunday, the day will kick off with a qualifying session from 9:00-9:15 am, ahead of the final race of the season, which is set to start at 1:15 pm.
NISSAN BATTLE TYRE DRAMAS AT SUPERCARS SANDOWN 500
Melbourne, Australia – A series of tyre failures have overshadowed the strong one-lap pace shown by Nissan Motorsport at the Sandown 500 event last weekend.
The morning started strongly for Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore, as the No. 23 Nissan NISMO entry topped the warm-up session. The crew's one-lap pace had been competitive throughout the previous sessions, with the Nissan squad also fastest earlier in the weekend.
But during the race, Caruso and Fiore were running 14th just five laps from home when they suffered a tyre failure which dropped him down to 21st.
Having also topped the times earlier in the weekend, Rick Kelly was unable to convert that speed across the race duration the afternoon. The No. 15 Altima, shared with David Wall, was forced onto a conservative set-up following a tyre failure in qualifying and finished 15th.
Despite taking out the Super2 round win earlier in the day, it proved to be a tough afternoon for Jack Le Brocq alongside Todd Kelly. The No.7 entry finished 18th after a number of issues compromised their race including two tyre failures.
Simona De Silvestro started her first ever Sandown 500 while suffering the effects of a stomach bug. The illness had plagued the No.78 driver across the weekend. De Silvestro and co-driver David Russell completed a tough afternoon with a 20th place result.
VIDEO Tickets please! How would you like to ride the Circuit Safari bus while these amazing Nissan racecars (both past and present) charge around the track at last weekend's Sandown 500.
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- 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,