NISMO NEWS - NOVEMBER 7, 2017
- Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 wins #NISMOtop20
- Super GT finale live on NISMO.tv
- Nissan Motorsports Supercars New Zealand battle
FANS NAME SKYLINE GT-R R32 THE TOP NISSAN NISMO RACE CAR OF ALL TIME
Yokohama, Japan –The fans have spoken, the Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 has taken the victory in the #NISMOtop20 competition.
The car beat out three notable GT-R machines, the Bathurst 12 Hour, Blancpain GT Series and GT300 championship-winning Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, JGTC championship-winning Nissan Skyline GT-R R34 2003 and the Super GT 2014/15 championship-winning Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 14/15.
Ultimately, it was the R32's racing pedigree and cult-favorite status that catapulted it to the top.
In production for just five years, the Skyline GT-R R32 earned top honours in championships and prestigious races on three different continents.
In Europe, the R32 took the overall victory in the Spa 24 in 1991.
1991 also marked the first year the car won the Australian Touring Car Championship. They would follow it up with another championship in 1992, taking Bathurst 1000 victories both years.
However, it was in Japanese touring cars that the R32 saw arguably its biggest successes.
The Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 scored the victory in every Japanese Touring Car Championship race during the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons, earning championships for the Hasemi and Impul teams along the way.
In addition to its racing repertoire, the R32's status as a fan favorite was cemented with its inclusion in the Gran Turismo video game series.
An enduring and endlessly popular option for gamers everywhere and a bonafide racing champion, the Skyline GT-R R32 proved its prowess on the track, on the screen and in the #NISMOtop20 to be named the greatest Nissan NISMO race car of all time.
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1. Nissan Skyline GT-R R32
1990 / 92 JTCC Champion, Spa 24 Hours winner, Bathurst winner, Australian Touring Car Championship winner. Gran Turismo favorite.
2. Skyline GT-R R34 2003
Championship winner in Japan with Satoshi Motoyama and Michael Krumm.
3. Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
Bathurst 12 Hours winner, Blancpain GT Champion, Super GT GT300 champion, Paul Ricard 1000km winner, Pirelli World Challenge race winner.
4. GT-R NISMO GT500 2014/15
2014 and 2015 Super GT championship-winning car with Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda.
5. Nissan R92CP
Three-time championship winner in the Japanese Prototype championship.
6. Pennzoil Skyline GT-R
All-Japan GT Championship winner 1998.
7. Nissan GT-R Super GT 2008
2008 Super GT Championship winner with Satoshi Motoyama and Benoît Tréluyer.
8. Nissan GT-R NISMO GT1
2011 FIA GT1 World Champion with Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr.
9. Nissan R390 GT1
Third place for Nissan at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1998.
10. Nissan R381 / R382
The winners of the 1968 and 1969 Japan GP. 11. Datsun 510
John Morton’s SCCA Trans-AM 1971 and 1972 champion.
12. Nissan 300ZX
1994 Daytona winner, Sebring winner, class winner at Le Mans.
13. Nissan R90CK
Legendary pole position winner at Le Mans with Mark Blundell behind the wheel.
14. Nissan DPi IMSA 2017
Great debut season in 2017 in IMSA competition. Two wins including Petit Le Mans.
15. Nissan R91CP
The winner of the Daytona 24 Hour in 1992.
16. Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo
The legendary 3-time IMSA championship winning car of Geoff Brabham.
17. Nissan Primera GT
1999 British Touring Car Champion with Laurent Aïello.
18. Skyline Super Silhouette
Seven wins in Japan 1982 and 1983.
19. Nissan Altima Supercar
Race winner in the highly competitive Supercars series in Australia.
20. Datsun Bluebird 1300SS
1966 East African Safari winner.
HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
Click below to download an image pack of all the 20 Nissan / NISMO racecars as voted by fans on Twitter at @NISMO in #NISMOtop20.
SUPER GT SHOWDOWN LOOMS THIS WEEKEND LIVE ON NISMO.TV
Twin-Ring Motegi, Japan – The final round of the 2017 Super GT championship will be shown live this weekend on NISMO.tv with the No. 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda still in championship contention.
The Italian/Japanese combination is in third place in the points entering the final round – just eight points off the championship lead.
The Twin-Ring Motegi circuit has been a happy hunting ground for Quintarelli and Matsuda. The duo finishing second here in 2015 and was victorious in 2014 – clinching the GT500 championship for Nissan both seasons.
GT Academy ace Jann Mardenborough enters this weekend on a high note after qualifying on the front row in Thailand and recording the fastest lap of the race.
Sunday's race will be screened live on NISMO.tv on YouTube. The race is scheduled for 1:30pm local time / 5:30am CET / 4:30am UK / 11:30pm US Eastern / 8:30pm US Pacific.
NISSAN MOTORSPORTS DO BATTLE IN NEW ZEALAND SUPERCARS ROUND
Pukekohe, New Zealand – The Nissan Motorsport Supercars squad finished just outside the top 10 following a weekend of wild racing at the Auckland SuperSprint.
The first race's qualifying session was cancelled due to heavy rain, which forced the grid to be set from Friday's practice times. Ultimately, the weather had little impact on Saturday's shortened 66-lap race.
Rick Kelly started the race from 13th and crossed the line as the highest placed Nissan in 11th, benefitting from a dry-weather setup on his Nissan Altima.
In the second race of the weekend, Nissan Motorsport showed strong pace. All four Altimas moved up the order and improved on their qualifying position at the conclusion of 70 laps around Pukekohe Park Raceway.
Michael Caruso finished as the highest placed Nissan driver in 11th position at the end of the 200km race. The No. 23 Nissan NISMO driver started in 13th and charged inside the top 10 early on. After dropping a few places following the first round of pit stops, Caruso was able to recover and earn valuable points in the Team's Championship.
"It was a good battle throughout the race," Caruso said.
"We had strong pace across the afternoon and the car felt great. We were able to dial out most of the things that had hampered us earlier in the weekend. So, by the time the race arrived, we had a pretty good package.
"It would have been great to finish inside the top 10, and I thought that was on the cards, but it just didn’t work out in the end.”
The team will now set its sights on finishing the season on a high note at the championship’s final round to be held at the Newcastle street circuit, north of Sydney, on November 24-26.
"Newcastle will be a very exciting way to end the year. This is a brand new track for everyone, and the design looks like it will provide some good racing,” Caruso said.
"There’s still plenty of Team’s Championship points on the line, so we’ll keep working hard and battling to the end of the season."
Super GT ace and GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough takes a lap around Fuji International Speedway at last year's NISMO Festival. This year's event will be held on November 26.
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Download images previewing this weekend's Super GT final round at Twin-Ring Motegi and last weekend's Super GT round in New Zealand.
- Super GT, Twin-Ring Motegi, Japan
- NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan