NISMO NEWS - September 10, 2018
- Nissan wins with ESM at Laguna Seca
- Super GT aces head to Sugo
- Supercars back in action at Sandown 'Retro Round'
NISSAN-POWERED ESM TEAM WINS AT LAGUNA SECA
WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, Monterey, CA, USA – The Nissan-powered ESM team has scored its second win of the IMSA season with a stunning victory from the back of the pack for the No. 22 duo of Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek.
The team started at the rear of the prototype field despite Derani setting the fourth fastest qualifying time. The team chose to start van Overbeek in the car, incurring the penalty.
Van Overbeek avoided chaos in his stint with an opening lap accident as the green waved. The No. 22 machine suffered damage but was able to continue - unlike a number of the team’s prototype rivals.
Battling illness, van Overbeek completed his stint and handed the car over to Derani who ran to the checkered flag.
Early in his stint, Derani suffered contact with another car and spun, losing the valuable ground made up early in the race. Despite the setback, the Brazilian driver carved through the GT fields before working his way through the prototype ranks.
Derani took the lead with just over half an hour to go and held it until the checkered flag, eventually winning by more than ten seconds over second place.
“Fantastic. My team is amazing. If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have finished where we finished today. We had a tough race: contact and a spin,” Derani said.
“They kept pushing me over the radio. Save fuel, save tires, but kept pushing me all the time. An amazing day with an overtake at the corkscrew which is nice.
“I can’t thank this team enough; if it wasn’t for them, they wouldn’t have given me such a good car on old tires which I think was the key today. Thanks to my teammate Johannes for a fantastic job.
“Lucky at the start, we almost got caught. But you need a little bit of luck as well.”
The team now has its sights set on repeating its performance from last year at the final round of the championship at Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta where they scored the win with Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Brendon Hartley.
SUPER GT RETURNS WITH GT-R STARS HEADED TO SUGO
Sportsland Sugo, Japan – After a challenging last Super GT round at Fuji International Speedway, Nissan’s four GT-R NISMO GT500s have their sights set on redemption this weekend at Sportsland Sugo.
Jann Mardenborough and Daiki Sasaki dominated the race and looked set for victory at Fuji until being forced to pit with an issue with only 28 laps remaining.
Sasaki has a win to his credit at Sugo in 2016 and is keen to repeat that performance while Mardenborough has his sights set on ending his recent run of misfortune which has twice robbed him of a podium or better in the past twelve months.
Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda are keen to bounce back into championship contention with three rounds remaining. Quintarelli won here in 2011 but Matsuda - the record holder for the most wins in series history – has never won in Super GT at Sugo.
Mitsunori Takeboshi and JP de Oliviera will be looking for another strong points haul after finishing sixth at Fuji.
Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo began the year with three-consecutive points finishes but are seeking a return to the points positions after two difficult races.
Opened in 1975, Sportsland Sugo is one of Japan’s largest motorsports facilities with 2.1 million square meters of facilities including a motocross course, trials course, go-kart track and the 3.737km circuit Super GT will race on this Sunday.
This weekend’s Super GT action will again be shown live on NISMO.com and NISMO.tv.
SUPERCARS ENDURANCE SEASON KICKS OFF AT SANDOWN
Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia – The annual run of Supercars endurance races kick off this weekend in Melbourne with the Sandown 500 – the traditional warm-up to the Bathurst 1000.
For most of the season, the Supercars stars drive solo but for Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast – extra drivers are brought in to share the load over the longer races.
These events can prove critical to a driver’s chances of championship success with huge responsibility placed in the co-driver’s hands.
The Sandown event this year continues its tradition of being the “retro round” with teams presenting their cars in historic liveries. Last year, Rick and Todd Kelly paid tribute to the BRE Datsuns that dominated road racing in the US in the early 70s while Michael Caruso’s Altima wore classic Japanese Calsonic colors.
News on the team’s 2018 Sandown liveries will be revealed later this week.
Driver pairings aboard the Nissan Altimas this weekend will including Dean Fiore again returning with Michael Caruso. Rick Kelly will be joined for the first time by Garry Jacobson, while Andre Heimgartner’s first endurance races in a Nissan will be alongside Aaren Russell.
Simona de Silvestro will be joined by Alex Rullo for Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.
Fiore, Jacobson and Rullo all drive for MW Motorsport in the Super 2 Series aboard Nissan Altimas.
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- Super GT, Sportsland Sugo, Japan
- Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Sandown International Raceway, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
- Blancpain GT Series Asia, Shanghai International Circuit, China
- European Le Mans Series, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Michelin Le Mans Cup, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
- Nissan Micra Cup, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada
- British GT Championship, Donington Park, England