NISMO NEWS - NOVEMBER 27, 2017
- NISMO Festival celebrates the GT-R
- Todd Kelly signs off as Nissan Motorsport grab top tens
- Nissan launches R32 GT-R parts program in Japan
NISMO FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE FAN FAVORITE GT-R AT FUJI SPEEDWAY
Fuji International Speedway, Japan – The 20th running of the NISMO Festival supported by Motul showcased the fan-favorite Nissan GT-R and the NISMO brand in Japan yesterday with more than 28,000 fans on site and thousands more tuning into the NISMO.tv live stream on YouTube.
Along with the traditional NISMO Grand Prix race featuring entries from the Super GT, Super Taikyu and Europe’s Blancpain GT Series championships, the event also included a Racing GT-R Heritage Run.
This featured 16 famous GT-R’s from Nissan’s racing heritage dating back to the Skyline HT 2000 GT-R from the late 60s.
Other cars taking part were the Group A-spec Nissan Skyline GT-R R32 including the Calsonic version driven by NISMO legend Kazuyoshi Hoshino.
The R32 won an incredible 29 consecutive races in Japan and was recently voted by fans in the #NISMOtop20 poll on twitter as the greatest Nissan/NISMO racecar of all time.
The 1995 and 1996 Le Mans GT-R racers were on track along with JGTC/Super GT race winners from 1998, 1999, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2017.
Nissan’s 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship winning GT-R was driven by Michael Krumm while Katsumasa Chiyo piloted the Bathurst 12 Hour-winning Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Racing legends returned to the track at the NISMO Festival included Takahashi Kunimitsu, Tsuchiya Keiichi, Hagiwara Osamu and 1998-99 champion, Erik Comas.
Other on-track events included an historic race and the Z-Challenge exhibition while road cars headed out on the Fuji Speedway circuit with more than 150 NISMO machines taking part.
The NISMO Grand Prix was won by the Motul Autech GT-R (Super GT GT500) of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli. The No. 23 crew also scored the prize for the fastest pit stop of the race.
Off track, fans enjoyed driver interviews, autograph sessions, merchandise stores, pit stop displays plus Nissan aftermarket parts and tuner stalls.
The day’s closing ceremony included a presentation to Nissan racer Mitsunori Takaboshi who clinched this year’s Japanese Formula 3 championship.
“We’re very thankful for the support of the fans throughout the season. Although we missed Super GT championship by mere two points, the victory at the final round gave us a clear direction of what should be done over the winter for the next season,” said NISMO President, Takao Katagiri.
“As a new challenge, Nissan and NISMO will compete in the all-electric FIA Formula E championship which starts in December next year and will look forward to seeing you all again to celebrate our victories.
Check out the recap of yesterday's incredible NISMO Festival supported by Motul at Fuji International Speedway – speed, sound, history, technology, yesterday's heroes, today's stars. Click below to view and embed.
TODD KELLY SIGNS OFF WITH TOP TEN AS NISSAN SHINES IN NEWCASTLE
Newcastle Street Circuit, NSW, Australia – Nissan Motorsport has finished the 2017 Supercars championship on a high with two cars in the top five and Todd Kelly signing off on his career with a top ten finish.
Rick Kelly finished yesterday's second race on the Newcastle street circuit in fourth place ahead of Michael Caruso in fifth. Todd Kelly's final drive for the team gave him a 10th place finish.
While the trio all excelled in Sunday's action, teammate Simona De Silvestro also played a starring role in both Saturday and Sunday's race.
The Swiss driver was robbed of a top-five finish on Saturday after contact only a few laps from home. In Sunday's race she again showed impressive speed and aggression only to be turned around by a rival on the unforgiving street circuit.
Sunday's final race for Todd Kelly was honored by the team when they updated the livery for the No. 7 Altima overnight to a throwback design celebrating his first ever win in Supercars competition
"I really wanted to get a good result for my last day in the car," Kelly said.
"Just to finish around this place seems like a good result. I was quite cautious for most of the race. I did not want a DNF for my last time. We had a car that was good enough to press on a little bit, but I decided to hang back and take tenth rather than risk it.
"I was pretty emotional when I pulled up and saw everyone standing outside the garage. I was completely fine until then, but that knocked me about.
"We're done now. I'm finished. I came to terms with my decision before the weekend. The race team really needs to take priority now, and it's a critical time for us.
"We've pushed hard in the second half of this season in preparations for next year. We want to make next year the best year yet. Having that as a goal is making me feel better about not being in the car."
Take a look as the Nissan Motorsport squad transform Todd Kelly's Nissan Altima overnight for the final race of his career in Supercars.
NISMO HERITAGE PROGRAM TO OFFER PARTS FOR HERITAGE CARS IN JAPAN
Yokohama, Japan – Owners of Nissan performance cars in Japan will be able to enjoy driving them longer under a program that will make new replacement parts available for some heritage models.
The parts will go on sale in Japan on December 1 as part of the new NISMO Heritage program, a joint activity of Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Nissan Motor Sports International Co., Ltd., Autech Japan, Inc., and their suppliers.
As a first step, NISMO Heritage will offer parts for the R32 Skyline GT-R, which was made between August 1989 and January 1995.
The R32 earned top honors in championships and prestigious races across the globe. In Europe, it took the overall victory in the Spa 24 in 1991. It won the Australian Touring Car Championship for the first time in 1991, followed by another championship in 1992, taking Bathurst 1000 victories both years.
In Japan, the R32 scored wins in every Japanese Touring Car Championship race during the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons. The car's inclusion in the Gran Turismo video game series cemented its status as a fan favorite.
NISMO has for many years had a close relationship with Nissan Skyline GT-R owners. After studying the remanufacturing and resupplying of discontinued parts for the R32 – especially ones that are indispensable for the car to drive or to pass regular vehicle inspections in Japan – NISMO has decided to sell about 80 parts at the outset of the program.
These include harnesses, hoses (tubes), emblems and other exterior components. Further consideration will be given to expanding the range of R32 parts on offer, as well as broadening the program's scope to include the R33 and R34 GT-R models.
When certain parts can't be reproduced due to operational difficulties at original suppliers, NISMO will consider methods of replacing these parts using substitute, rebuilt or overhauled products, as well as NISMO-tuned parts.
The new NISMO Heritage parts were on display at yesterday's NISMO Festival at Fuji International Speedway.
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