Nissan: Fighting finish in Pro-Am after play for Pro Car in Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup action

Posted on 16. May, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

BRANDS HATCH, England (May 16, 2016) Nissan collected a initial Pro-Am points of a deteriorate during Silverstone in a Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in a bittersweet day for Nissan yesterday.

Sean Walkinshaw total with GT Academy winners Matt Simmons (Australia) and Romain Sarazin (France) to finish seventh in a Pro-Am category aboard a No.22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

 

 

British ace Walkinshaw climbed aboard a No.22 appurtenance for a final army and altered from 14th in category adult to as high as sixth before channel a line in seventh place.

“We went from 14th to seventh, that wasn’t bad during all, and it’s only a contrition we couldn’t keep reason of sixth during a finish over a final integrate of laps – a tires had only gone,” pronounced Walkinshaw. “I had to urge yet attempted to make certain we wasn’t losing time in among a backmarkers. I’m a bit annoyed, as we could have hold on if it wasn’t for a small mistake on a second to final lap. It’s good to have a initial points though. We’re on a house now and hopefully Paul Ricard subsequent month will be good. It’s going to be a six-hour competition so, even better, as it means twice as prolonged in a car.”

Sadly for a No.23 machine, opening path hit for Alex Buncombe took a team’s Pro entrance out of row and into a forced retirement – withdrawal both Mitsunori Takaboshi and Lucas Ordóñez though any competition laps.

 

“The initial 3 buliding of a opening path was awesome,” pronounced Buncombe. “I upheld about 6 cars in a initial few corners yet unfortunately got squeezed by a integrate of cars that we was perplexing to get out of a approach of. Then we got speared by a Lamborghini and it broken a front left dilemma of a car. we managed to get it behind to a pits. The boys got it bound and we got behind out there and we was means to set some unequivocally quick times as good as a lead group. Our gait was unequivocally good yet we need to work on progressing that gait when a tires start to dump away. we handed over to Mitsunori, and when he went to go a automobile wouldn’t start. We altered a starter, yet we were so distant down a sequence it was best to save a tire allocation for a subsequent Blancpain competition during Paul Ricard.”

Nissan GT Academy Team RJN will now set a sights on a Nürburgring 24 Hour on May 28-29 where Buncombe and Ordóñez will be assimilated by Kazuki Hoshino and Michael Krumm.

NISMO Calendar

May 21-22
V8 Supercar, Winton, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Ontario, Canada

May 28-29
Nurburgring 24 Hour, Nurburgring, Germany
Pirelli World Challenge, Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, USA
Micra Cup Canada, Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada

June 4-5
24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day

 

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Contact

Jane Johnstone
Marketing Communications Director
Global Motorsport Communications
Nissan/NISMO
Phone: +44 7979 710646
Email: jane.johnstone@nissan.co.uk

Paul Ryan
Marketing and PR Manager
Phone: +1 678 644 0404
Email: paul@nismosupport.com

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