NISMO NEWS - OCTOBER 23, 2017
- Top tens for Nissan in the rain at Surfers Paradise
- European Le Mans Series LM P3 champions crowned
- GT Academy ace Sanchez makes LM P2 debut
- Asian Le Mans Series kicks off this weekend
TOP TENS FOR NISSAN IN WET AND WILD SUPERCARS GOLD COAST WEEKEND
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia – Nissan Motorsport’s pair of top ten results in heavy rain on the streets of Surfers Paradise were the highlight of last weekend’s Supercars battle in Australia.
Just like at Bathurst, the NISMO crew showed that they can shine even in difficult conditions.
Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore finished as the highest Nissan in an impressive fifth place in race one. The duo battled through treacherous weather conditions on the 2.984 km street circuit.
Rick Kelly and David Wall also finished inside the Top 10, with the No. 15 machine, overcoming a small mistake early in the event and charging back up the order in the latter half of the race.
Nissan Motorsport just missed out on a pair of Top 10 finishes in the second 300km race at the Gold Coast 600. After the team's strong showing in the wet, the four-car squad endured a tough conclusion to the 2017 Pirtek Enduro Cup.
After a solid fifth-place result in race one, Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore looked on track to back up that performance. Unfortunately, contact with another car during the opening laps resulted in a drive-through penalty, dropping the Nissan Genuine Parts-liveried entry to 24th. The pair managed to work through traffic on the tight street circuit and come home in 15th.
"I’m still really happy with our speed. We didn’t finish race two where we wanted to be, but we had a great race one and had a great Bathurst," Michael Caruso said.
"I’m really happy that we can carry the momentum of a great handling car into New Zealand in two weeks.
"Big thanks to Deano for being a great co-driver across the three enduro events. He’s always a great addition to the team.
"The rest of the year is going to be fun. I love racing at Pukie, the crowd there are amazing. Then we go to Newcastle, which is set to be a wild finish to the year. The speed we’ve shown over the last few events should have us in the mix."
PROTOTYPES: CHAMPIONS CROWNED AND GT ACADEMY ACE DEBUTS
Autódromo Internacional do Algarve, Portugal – Teams using Nissan power in the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series wrapped up their 2017 championship in Portugal last weekend with United Autosport taking the title.
American racers Sean Rayhall and John Falb were favorites to take the driver's crown entering the final round but a second-place finish and a United Autosport 1-2 result put the title beyond doubt.
United Autosport finished first and third in the team's championship in the LMP3 class, which is powered exclusively by Nissan.
Nissan's Mexican GT Academy ace Ricardo Sanchez also made his LMP2 class debut in Portugal with the the GRAFF Racing team.
Sanchez was impressive in his prototype debut which was sadly cut short by an accident by one of his co-drivers after 102 laps.
Sanchez was left to wonder "what if" with the second GRAFF Racing machine taking the overall victory - despite starting five places behind Sanchez, Enzo Guibbert and Paul Petit on the grid.
Nissan will be in action this weekend in prototype competition when the Asian Le Mans Series begins in Zhuhai in China.
All teams entered in the LM P2 class have chosen the Nissan VK45DE 4.5 litre V8 engine while the LM P3 class use the Nissan VK50 5.0 lite V8.
Relive Alex Buncombe's incredible opening lap of the final round of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in Barcelona.
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Download images from last weekend's Supercars battle on the streets of Surfers Paradise and the European Le Mans Series finale in Portugal
- Asian Le Mans Series, Zhuhai, China
- Super GT, Twin-Ring Motegi, Japan