NISMO NEWS - NOVEMBER 20, 2017
- NISMO Festival live next weekend on NISMO.tv
- Todd Kelly to retire from Supercars action
20TH NISMO FESTIVAL SET TO BE SHOWN LIVE ON NISMO.TV
Fuji International Speeway, Japan – Next Sunday's NISMO Festival supported by Motul is set to celebrate the ultimate NISMO fan-favorite - the Nissan GT-R.
The fan celebration will be staged for the 20th time this Sunday, November 26, with the entire day's action broadcast live on NISMO.tv on YouTube at live.NISMO.tv.
Championship and race winning stars and cars from yesterday and today will be on site – not just on display – but on track in a series of demonstrations and races.
Highlights of the day include the Z-Challenge exhibition race, a historic race, the annual NISMO GP featuring cars and drivers from both the Super GT and Super Taikyu Championships and Racing GT-R Heritage run which will complete the day's action.
NISMO will also provide additional coverage for fans via its social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Drivetribe.
"The NISMO Festival is my favorite event of the year," said Super GT ace and GT Academy winner, Jann Mardenborough.
"There are so many great historic Nissan race cars here and we get to drive some really cool machinery.
"Last year I got to drive an old Group C car – the R92CP – just an amazing experience.
NISMO has also been counting down to the event with its annual 23-day #NISMOments countdown on social media – highlighting major achievements for the brand in 2017.
The NISMO Festival action begins at 8:00am local time in Japan on Sunday, November, 26 – Midnight (CET) in Europe, 23:00 (UK), 18:00 (US Eastern) and 15:00 (US Pacific).
NISSAN'S TODD KELLY SET TO RETIRE FROM FULL-TIME SUPERCARS ACTION
MELBOURNE, Australia – Nissan Motorsport ace Todd Kelly will retire from full-time driving at the end of the 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship.
The Nissan Motorsport team co-owner and former Bathurst 1000 champion is set to complete his 541st race at this weekend’s Newcastle 500.
“I’ve decided to hang up the helmet at the end of this season,” said Kelly.
“To have a 20-year career doing something you love is pretty special. It’s been a long, solid and clean career of being a professional driver. And even though I would probably change a few things if I had my time again, there’s not anything I regret over that period.”
The 38-year-old sits fifth on the list of all-time race starts and has reached the top step of the podium 19 times - including the 2005 Bathurst 1000. The No.7 carsales Racing driver's accomplishments also include the 2003 Bathurst 24 Hour, 2003 Sandown 500 and victory in Supercars’ maiden foray in China.
Kelly revealed that a persistent knee injury contributed to today’s announcement.
“I’ve had knee surgery twice this year, and it’s been a decent battle,” Kelly said.
“I love driving, and that’s what kept me going for 20 years. I love getting the most out of a car. I love going around a fast corner having the thing sideways at 240km/h. The fear factor has not crept in as I’ve got older, so I’ve not lost any of that enjoyment at all.”
Kelly will contest his final race weekend at the inaugural Newcastle 500, beginning this Friday.
Nissan Motorsports' Todd Kelly reflects on his incredible career as he prepares for this weekend's Newcastle race - his final race before retiring from full-time competition.
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- NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, Australia