NISMO NEWS - December 3, 2018
- Nissan stars and cars electrify NISMO Festival
- Rowland ready for Nissan Formula E street battles
- KCMG fly the flag for Hong Kong aboard the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
30,000+ FANS CELEBRATE NISSAN'S MOTORSPORT PAST AND FUTURE
Fuji International Speedway, Japan – While heavy cloud cover meant more than 30,000 fans could not see Mount Fuji, fans did get to see more than 60 years of Nissan's incredible racing history and gain insight into its exciting future at the 2018 NISMO Festival.
The annual fan appreciation event featured an exciting day of races, demonstration and fan events with cars ranging from the 1958 Around Australia Trial class-winning Datsun 1000 through to Nissan e.dams Formula E car, which will make its debut in the all-electric street-racing championship in two weeks.
Test and reserve driver, Japanese ace Mitsunori Takaboshi, drove the Formula E car. The ex-Japanese Formula 3 champion excited local fans by performing donuts on the main straight before showcasing the power and agility of the "Gen2" car.
The demonstration also featured Nissan LEAF NISMO road cars and the new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC electric racer, which was officially unveiled on Friday at the Formula E team's launch at Nissan's Tokyo brand-experience center, Nissan Crossing.
Featuring more than twice the performance of the previous generation Nissan LEAF NISMO RC, the new electric racers were piloted by Super GT racer Tsugio Matsuda and Japanese actor, singer and race team owner, Masahiko Kondo.
Newly-announced Nissan e.dams race driver Oliver Rowland was also on hand to see the Formula E car's debut along with Jann Mardenborough, who was announced as team's simulator driver on Friday.
Other track highlights included historic demonstrations, a Z-challenge exhibition race, and the annual NISMO GP which features cars from the Japanese Super GT and Super Taikyu championship.
The NISMO GP was won by the No. 23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 of Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda.
In addition to the 30,000+ fans on site, the entire day's activities were live streamed on NISMO.com and NISMO's YouTube channel—NISMO.tv.
The day's activities were completed with Kondo Racing's recently announced Nurburgring 24 Hour challenger revealed for the Japanese fans and a celebration of GTNET Motorsports Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 championship victory in Super Taikyu.
ROWLAND THRILLED TO BATTLE ON FORMULA E STREETS
Tokyo, Japan – Newly-announced Nissan e.dams racer Oliver Rowland is hoping to put his street racing prowess to good use when he makes his debut in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship in two weeks.
Rowland will partner former series champion Sebastien Buemi with the Nissan e.dams team driving the No. 22 entry.
With Formula E events focussed on temporary circuits set up on city streets, Rowland is hoping his past success on these type of circuits will help him in his first full season in Formula E.
"In general, street circuits have always been pretty kind to me. I was on pole in Monaco in World Series, I got my first podium in GP2 in 2016 and then managed to win in 2017," he said.
"That's always been a good trait of mine, and I'm really looking forward to getting into more of them.
"I think the Formula E ones will be a little bit trickier and tougher, there really is no room for error, they are quite narrow. But, it means the driver can make a big difference, and that's what a lot of Formula E drivers have said in the past, and that's why I'm pretty excited to get going."
The 26-year-old British racer is also looking forward to driving in the Formula E series where he feels the driver can have a big impact into the car's performance.
"These days, at the top level, if you look at Formula 1, you've got so many different aids helping you and there's a big split between the cars," he said.
"And then you get to Formula E and there's hardly any aids and cars which are on quite a level playing field with the same chassis and the suspension.
"The manufacturers like Nissan are each doing their own powertrain and you have 22 drivers all trying to do their very best job on a short street circuit."
KCMG FLY THE FLAG FOR HONG KONG WITH THE NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3
Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – KCMG has completed its debut year campaigning the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 with a strong showing the FIA GT Nations Cup held at the Bahrain International Circuit.
The Hong Kong-based race organization represented its home country at the event which featured teams from around the world competing under the banner of 18 different countries.
Hong Kong racers Alex Au and Andy Yan drove the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in KCMG's final race of the year, finishing seventh in the main race after results of ninth and 15th in the two qualifying races.
KCMG has enjoyed a successful first season with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, contesting the Blancpain GT Series Asia, the FIA GT World Cup at Macau and the Intercontinental GT Challenge round at Suzuka.
Highlights for the season including a race win for Alex Imperatori and Yukinori Taniguchi at Fuji Speedway in Blancpain GT Series Asia, top ten points finishes for Taniguchi, Edoardo Liberati, and Florian Strauss; fourth place finish in the team's championship; second place in the Pro-Am points for Taniguchi and fifth place silver championship points finish for Liberati and Strauss.
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