NISMO NEWS - May 14, 2018
- Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup heads to Silverstone
- KCMG GT-R squad scores podium in Thailand
- Super GT heads to Suzuka for shorter sprint
- LMP3 and Micra Cup action
HOME RACE LOOMS FOR GT SPORT MOTUL TEAM RJN
Silverstone, Towcester, England – GT Sport Motul Team RJN is heading for a happy hunting ground for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 this weekend with the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup scheduled for Silverstone.
Located only 43 miles from the team’s base, Silverstone has been the scene of several impressive performances in previous years including overall pole by Alex Buncombe in 2015 and multiple Pro/Am class wins and podiums.
Nissan scored the Pro/Am win at Silverstone in both 2013 and 2014 as well as finishing second in 2015.
The team showed strong potential at the last race outing at Monza by qualifying in the top ten with the 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
The newly-evolved machine has shown impressive pace with podium results so far this year in Super GT GT300 and Blancpain GT Series Asia plus wins in Japan’s Super Taikyu Series.
GT Sport Motul Team RJN’s PRO class entry has added incentive for a strong result this weekend with two Brits racing on home soil - Alex Buncombe and Matt Parry. They will be joined by inaugural GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez who become the first “gamer-to-racer” here at Silverstone ten years ago.
'We are so lucky to have such a world-class facility in Silverstone and even more so to be able to call it our home circuit,” Parry said.
“I can not wait to get back out on the circuit in the new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. The Maggots – Becketts complex is something I'm looking forward to driving the most. The real mixture of high-speed lefts and rights is always a favourite.”
The No. 22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will contest the Silver Cup class with another GT Academy winner Ricardo Sanchez joined by Struan Moore and Jordan Witt. Sunday’s Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup race will be live streamed on NISMO.tv.
TROPHY TIME FOR KCMG NISSAN SQUAD IN BLANCPAIN ASIA
Chang International Circuit, Thailand – KCMG’s Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 machines excelled in the latest round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia with a top three overall finish in Sunday’s race and a pair of Pro/Am podiums across the weekend.
The team finished third and fourth overall on Sunday with Florian Strauss and Edoardo Liberati standing on the podium for the first time ahead of Super GT star Tsugio Matsuda and Yuke Taniguchi.
Matsuda and Taniguchi finished second in the Pro/Am class in both races over the weekend to jump to third place in the points standings.
“We pushed really hard in both races, and the team did a great job,” Matsuda said.
“I tried hard to move up the field before passing the car over to Taniguchi san. The weekend was both challenging and fun. I wanted to finish in the top three, but fourth overall and second in class is also a good result.”
With clashing Super GT racing taking Matsuda out of contention for the remainder of the series, his spot on the team will be taken by Swiss driver Alexandre Imperatori.
“I’m confident that Taniguchi san will do his best in the upcoming races,” Matsuda said.
“It was a pleasure racing the new Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in Blancpain GT Asia with KCMG, and I’d like to extend my gratitude to everyone in the team.”
Sunday’s podium for the No.23 GT-R came despite a drive-through penalty for Strauss for exceeding track limits. He and Liberati now sit fifth in the Silver Cup points standings with KCMG fourth in the overall team points battle.
SHORTER SUZUKA SPRINT BATTLE LOOMS IN SUPER GT
Suzuka Circuit, Japan – Nissan’s Super GT squads head for round three of the 2018 championship this weekend at Suzuka with the series aces facing a shorter 300km battle compared to the traditional 1000km that has been held here in the past.
For 2018, Suzuka’s schedule has expanded with a new 10-hour race for GT3 machinery replacing the 1000km in August. The Super GT championship will now do battle over the standard 300km race distance in a separate race weekend.
Nissan enters this weekend in the GT500 championship lead with Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda holding a five-point gap after winning at Fuji International Speedway.
The brand’s most recent success at Suzuka includes a pole position for Quintarelli in 2015 and a GT300 victory for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 the same year.
Suzuka was also the venue for Mitsunori Takaboshi’s GT500 class debut. The Japanese ace filled in for the injured Katsumasa Chiyo in 2016 at Suzuka with Satoshi Motoyama and excelled with a third-place finish.
Nissan’s last Suzuka endurance race victory came in 2012 with Quintarelli and Masataka Yanagida. The brand has also visited victory lane here in 2008, 2006, 1993, 1990, 1973 and 1970.
This weekend’s Super GT round will again be live streamed on NISMO.tv on YouTube with the green flag scheduled for 2:40 pm Japan time, 7:40 am CET, 6:40 am UK, 1:40 am US Eastern and 10:40 pm US Pacific.
MORE GLOBAL MOTORSPORT ACTION FOR NISSAN
Nissan continues its busy global racing schedule around the world with prototype action taking place at Monza last weekend and the popular Nissan Micra Cup hitting the track for the first time in 2018 this weekend.
40 Nissan-powered LMP3 chassis did battle at Monza in the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
Every LMP3 entry around the world is powered by the Nissan VK50 V8 engine. Saturday’s European Le Mans Series LMP3 battle was won by Italian Giorgio Mondini and Dutchman Kay van Berlo. The duo leads the championship after two rounds with their win backing up their third place from the opening round.
Léonard Hoogenboom and Jens Petersen took the win in the two-hour Michelin Le Mans Cup which also featured Nissan GT Academy winner, Ricardo Sanchez.
The Mexican excelled on race day coming from 20th on the grid up to third place in his stint.
Across the Atlantic in Canada this weekend the Nissan Micra Cup returns with the opening round scheduled for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Toronto.
The Micra Cup enters its fourth season in 2018 with competitors doing battle in nearly stock, but race-prepared Nissan Micras. Nearly 30 entries have been received for the 2018 championship including the return of series champion, Olivier Bédard.
The 2018 championship will again feature 12 races staged over six weekends across the Canadian provinces of Ontario and Quebec.
HIGH RES DOWNLOADS
Download images from last week's Blancpain GT Series Asia and Le Mans Cup events plus this week's Super GT and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
Ride with the winners. Check out the onboard video from the Fuji Super GT victory by Nissan - the entire race!
- Super GT, Suzuka, Japan
- Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Silverstone, England
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, Victoria, Australia
- Nissan Micra Cup, Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
- Pirelli World Challenge, Lime Rock Park, Lakeville, CT, USA