H Nissan παρουσίασε την αγωνιστική GT3 έκδοση του νέου GT-R αυτό το Σαββατοκύριακο κατά την διάρκεια του Blancpain Endurance Series στο Magny-Cours όπου τελικά τερμάτισε στην 8η θέση. Το αγωνιστικό GT-R αναπτύχθηκε από την Nismo σε συνεργασία με την JRM και μηχανικά φορά τον ίδιο twin-turbo V6 κινητήρα με την έκδοση παραγωγή. Η κίνηση πλέον μεταφέρεται αποκλειστικά στον πίσω άξονα και “επίσημο” ντεμπούτο θα κάνει τον Οκτώβριο αφού ακόμη βρίσκεται σε φάση ανάπτυξης.
Το Nissan GT-R GT3 θα τεθεί στην ομώνυμη κατηγορία όπου θα έχει αντιπάλους τα Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 , Lamborghini Gallardo GT3, Porsche 911 GT3-R , Audi R8 LMS, Ferrari 458 GT3, GT3 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3, BMW Z4 GT3 και McLaren MP4-12C GT3. Είπε κανείς κάτι ότι το GT3 πρωτάθλημα είναι βαρετό;
NISSAN SPORTS CARS TO THE FORE IN FRANCE
The Blancpain Endurance Series event at Magny Cours in France this weekend produced a top set of results for the racing models of two Nissan Sports Cars and continued the great progress of one of Nissan’s GT Academy graduates.
The RJN Motorsport Nissan 370Z, driven by 2010 GT Academy graduate Jordan Tresson, along with Alex Buncombe and Chris Ward, took the GT4 victory and extended the teams lead in the championship. With one more race to go at Silverstone in October everything is now set for an exciting season finale.
Alex Buncombe took the start from fourth place in the GT4 category in the Nissan 370Z and made light work of two of the cars ahead of him. After a few laps he was up to second place, chasing down the leading Lotus. Jordan jumped in next for his run.
“Our race pace was actually better than we expected,” said Jordan. “I didn’t know exactly where I was in relation to the competition during my run so I just pushed as hard as I could. My stop came around the half-distance mark and we had a one-minute lead by then so that was great! After my run Chris got in for the run to the flag. The only real drama we had was having to do a splash and dash as for some reason we didn’t take on enough fuel during one of the stops. There was a safety car period near the end which cut our lead right back from 45 seconds to just a few seconds so we had to be very careful.”
“We made it though and we were very happy to take another win,” continued Jordan. “We now have an 18-point lead in the championship, which is a great position to be in going into the last race at Silverstone. I’m very happy for all of the team as this is another great result for us.”
The final Championship-deciding Blancpain Endurance Series race of the season takes place at Silverstone on Sunday 9 October.
GT ACADEMY GRADUATES ON A ROLL Jordan was the second graduate from the hugely successful GT Academy programme. The first winner, Lucas Ordonez, has also been having a good year, highlighted by his LMP2 podium finish at Le Mans in June. Lucas will be back on track in a couple of weeks at Silverstone for the next round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
The 2011 winners, Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heitkotter have just qualified for their ‘International C’ race licences, which is what they need to compete in a Nissan 370Z GT4 car in the prestigious Dubai 24 Hour race, so they too are firmly on the road to success.
SUCCESSFUL DEBUT FOR GT3-SPEC NISSAN GT-R The race at Magny Cours also saw the stunning new GT3-specification Nissan GT-R making its racing debut. Jointly developed by Nismo and FIA GT1 World Championship team JR Motorsports, the car proved to be 100% reliable and fast too, finishing the race in eighth place overall against the established competition. GT1 regulars, David Brabham and Richard Westbrook, were at the wheel of the new car, completing almost 100 laps of Magny Cours during the three-hour race.
“The car ran like clockwork,” said Westbrook. “I had to keep reminding myself that this was its first race! It’s excellent on tyres, so it means you can lap at the same speed at the end of a stint as you can at the start. For a brand new car to run the whole of the three-hours without a problem is a great achievement. It’s easy but rewarding to drive and I must admit that, even after completing two one-hour stints, I didn’t want to get out of it.”