Nissan: A quick though hapless Rolex 24

Posted on 30. Jan, 2018 by in Nissan Canada

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – While a Nissan-powered ESM group is unhappy to not finish this year’s Rolex 24 during Daytona, a group displayed an considerable gait that valid a splendid immature prototypes will again be a clever contender in 2018.

Both a No. 2 and No. 22 Nissan-powered prototypes were forced to assign from a behind of a container after a precautionary pre-session engine change for a No. 2 and a pile-up in subordinate for a No. 22 entry.

However, once a immature dwindle dropped, both were fast on a move. The No. 2 of Ryan Dalziel changed from 20th to 10th before his initial array stop on path 20.  Nicolas Lapierre in a No. 22 automobile changed all a approach adult to third place after starting 18th.

The No. 22 Nissan-powered entrance led a competition twice and both cars enjoyed extended runs in second place during a continuation classic.

Lapierre also hold a fastest path of a competition for some-more than 5 hours. His time of 1:37.570 on path 59 was a second fastest path of a race.

The swell of a Nissan-powered cars was hindered by tire issues also gifted by most of a antecedent field. Both a No. 2 and No. 22 cars were forced to make unscheduled array stops.

The Rolex 24 incited out to be a competition of attrition.  There were usually a few yellow flags, so a altogether record for a competition stretch was obliterated. The winning automobile finished 808 laps and 2,876.48 miles.

Of a 20 prototypes entered, usually 8 finished it to a mottled dwindle but poignant delays from automatic issues or contact.

For a No. 2 of Dalziel, Scott Sharp and Olivier Pla, their competition came to an finish in a early morning during 3:00 a.m. when a automobile succumbed to gearbox failure.

Then, before morning on path 438, a No. 22 automobile of Lapierre, Pipo Derani and Johannes vanOverbeek was also forced out of a competition with a turbo oil line leak.

“Wow. we feel terrible for a whole Tequila Patrón ESM group – for Patrón, Onroak, Nissan and of march all of a guys,” Scott Sharp said.

“Both cars unequivocally came alive during a competition and we all felt if we could only stay out of difficulty we could be contenders during a end. It’s such a shame.”

The group will now spin a courtesy to a Twelve Hours of Sebring scheduled for Mar 17.

“It was unequivocally tough to retire after such a group effort,” Lapierre said.

“We fought to come behind after a few punctures, and we had a gait to quarrel for a win. From today, we will concentration on a Twelve Hours of Sebring.”

 

 

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NISMO Calendar

February 2-4

  • Asian Le Mans Series, Sepang International Circuit, Malaysia

March 14-17

  • Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida

 

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Nissan
Global Motorsport Communications Manager
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ateslik@nissan-europe.com

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Nissan/NISMO
Global Motorsport Communications
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