Nissan: Formula 1 racer joins Nissan’s Le Mans Challenge

Posted on 02. Mar, 2015 by in Nissan Canada

  • Max Chilton moves from F1 to P1 for full FIA World Endurance Championship season
  • YouTube star Alex Buncombe completes a choice for a third Nissan LM P1 automobile during Le Mans

LONDON –  Former F1 racer Max Chilton and Nissan unchanging Alex Buncombe have finished Nissan’s patrol of 9 drivers for a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. This news was announced forward of a Geneva Motor Show where Nissan’s LM P1 automobile will seem for a initial time in Europe.

Max Chilton joins Nissan after dual seasons in Formula One, where he became a rookie with a “safest span of hands” demonstrated when he finished each singular one of a races in his entrance deteriorate in 2013.  Fast and mistake-free is a sequence of a day in LM P1 racing, so a British racer will be an item to Nissan’s pioneering new team.

“I’m respected to have been asked to join a manufacturer as prestigious as Nissan in a championship that is flourishing year on year,” pronounced Chilton. “Le Mans has always had an extraordinary following, and to be racing there as a works motorist is a dream come true.  My aim has always been to competition during a top level, and a record that has left into a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO is as considerable as a Formula 1 car.  Having met with a group and seen first-hand a loyalty and enterprise to win that exists within this project, we can’t wait to get on track.”

Fans of motorsport videos on YouTube will need no introduction to a racing skills of Alex Buncombe. He has turn a star around his onboard camera videos, such as a one from Monza that showed him overtaking 18 cars on a opening path of a GT competition final year, that over half a million people have watched.  

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He is reduction famous for his work as a coach to all of Nissan’s GT Academy winners given a module began in 2008.  Now he can’t wait to get his GoPro in a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO.

“This is a genuine dream come loyal for me,” pronounced Buncombe. “I was repelled when we got a call and we haven’t been means to clean a laugh off my face ever since. It’s really rewarding being a coach of a GT Academy winners, generally when we see how most a likes of Lucas (Ordonez) and Jann (Mardenborough) have left on to achieve. Now I’m going to competition during Le Mans with them in a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO. we already know a satisfactory volume about a automobile and we can’t wait to have a go. It’s a radical pattern and, as with all new cars, it will take some building and fine-tuning, though it’s impossibly sparkling and I’m so happy to be on a team.”

Nissan Factory Driver Harry Tincknell Testing a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO during Night



“It’s good to have Alex and Max on a team,” pronounced Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing Sales, NISMO. “They have come to us from opposite routes. Alex has driven each stream Nissan racing automobile we have, and when we cruise that we started operative with him when he was racing a 350Z in GT4, that’s some journey. Max is best famous for his F1 exploits, nonetheless he has competed in LM P1 before, behind in 2007 when he was usually 16. The further of these dual drivers shows that Nissan has expel a net far-reaching in looking for a best motorist line adult for LM P1. We now have drivers who raced final year in F1, LM P2, GP3, GT3, V8s, GT500 and of march on PlayStation 3 on Gran Turismo 6.”

Chilton joins Marc Gene, Michael Krumm, Jann Mardenborough, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell for a season-opening competition during Silverstone on Apr 12. The pattern of a motorist line-ups for a #22 and #23 Nissans will be announced during a after date.

Buncombe will join a group for a Le Mans 24 Hours where he will competition in a #21 Nissan GT-R LM NISMO with Tsugio Matsuda and Lucas Ordonez.

LM P1 contrast continues this week during Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA with Max Chilton, Marc Gene, Jann Mardenborough, Olivier Pla and Harry Tincknell on pushing duty.


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