Nissan: GT Academy leader Matt Simmons to competition in 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series

Posted on 05. Dec, 2015 by in Nissan Canada

  • Matt Simmons to foe full-time in a 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series in Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
  • Australia’s initial Nissan PlayStation GT Academy leader has truly over program’s guarantee of “gamer to racer” with his possess “postie to pro” story
  • Nissan GT Academy Team RJN to skip 2016 Dubai 24 Hours to concentration on Blancpain Endurance Series preparation

SYDNEY, Australia – Australian Matt Simmons will foe in a Blancpain Endurance Series in 2016 with fortifying array champions Nissan GT Academy Team RJN and a all-conquering Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

Simmons, leader of a 2015 Nissan GT Academy International competition, will foe in a world’s many rival GT sportscar championship subsequent year, transforming from a Gran Turismo gamer and Australia Post bearer outpost motorist in 2015 to a NISMO Athlete in 2016.


Matt Simmons tour from “gamer to racer” – including a impulse he is told about his 2016 racing deal


Simmons, from Brisbane, Queensland, became a initial Australian GT Academy leader when he won a International Race Camp during a Silverstone circuit in August. From there, he was formed in a United Kingdom for 3 months endeavour a finish Nissan Driver Development Program (DDP).

The progress, ability and loyalty shown by Simmons around a module have led to Nissan and NISMO to dedicate to Simmons’ 2016 module early. With his full-time module already sealed in, Simmons and Nissan GT Academy Team RJN will skip a 2016 Dubai 24 Hours in Jan to concentration on preparations for a 2016 Blancpain Endurance Series.

As partial of Simmons’ course by a Nissan Driver Development program, he has already tested a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 during a Snetterton and Donington Park circuits.

Nissan GT Academy Team RJN and a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 have successful story in a Blancpain Endurance Series, winning a Pro Class pretension with Katsumasa Chiyo, Alex Buncombe and 2012 GT Academy Europe leader Wolfgang Reip in 2015, as good as a Pro-Am Class pretension in 2013 with initial (2008) GT Academy leader Lucas Ordonez.

Simmons’ teammates will be reliable during after date.


2015 Champion Alex Buncombe explains “What is Blancpain Endurance Series”



Matt Simmons
2015 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy International winner
“I can’t trust how many my life has altered given winning during GT Academy Race Camp in August,” pronounced Simmons.

“I’ve always dreamed of being a racing driver, even racing a Nissan GT-R, though zero could have prepared me for that impulse when we was told I’d be racing a GT-R NISMO GT3 in a Blancpain Endurance Series subsequent year.

“Six months ago we was pushing an Australia Post bearer outpost in Brisbane. Even then, we knew my usually possibility of achieving my racing dream was around GT Academy, so we gave it all we had.

“Winning was in some ways only a start of a journey. Once a Driver Development Program begins, we spend 3 months building all a elements compulsory to finish a ‘gamer to racer’ journey.

“What blew me divided a many about a Driver Development Program in a UK were a resources, support and imagination on offer. we literally had a group of experts operative with me each day for around 3 months on driving, simulator testing, fitness, diet and sports psychology.

“I’m dynamic to repay a faith that everybody has shown in me by creation a many of each day and each event that we get. we have to keep operative tough and improving to safeguard we paint a Nissan PlayStation GT Academy module and Australia in a best probable way.”

Richard Emery
Managing Director and CEO, Nissan Motor Co. (Australia)
“Australia has a new motorist to hearten for in general motorsport, though it is surreal to consider that progressing this year he was an Australia Post bearer outpost motorist by day and a PlayStation gamer by night,” pronounced Emery.

“While Matt’s pathway might be different, he has truly warranted his place. Matt has displayed good dedication, ability and majority given winning a GT Academy International Race Camp in August. It is that bid and focus that has authorised a module to close in his 2016 module early.

“His swell has given everybody certainty that he will continue to urge and work tough as he prepares to contest in a Blancpain Endurance Series in 2016 in a 550-horsepower Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.

“Matt has transitioned from ‘postie to pro’ in roughly 6 months. It is extraordinary to consider that he has left from pushing a GT-R on Gran Turismo to racing one in genuine life in such a brief space of time.

“But once we see a efforts of both Matt and those concerned in a Driver Development Program, we can see because GT Academy has constructed such a prolonged and successful list of graduates.

“Everyone during Nissan Australia is intensely unapproachable of Matt’s efforts and we will be right behind him each step of a way.”

2016 Blancpain Endurance Series

Pre-Season Test: Paul Ricard (France) Mar 8-10, 2016
Round 1: Monza (Italy) Apr 23-24, 2016
Round 2: Silverstone (UK) May 14-15, 2016
Round 3: Paul Ricard (France) Jun 24-25, 2016
Official Test Day: Spa Franchorchamps (Belgium) Jul 5, 2016
Round 4: 24 Hours of Spa Franchorchamps (Belgium) Jul 28-31, 2016
Round 5: Nurburgring (Germany) Sep 17-18, 2016


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Paul Ryan
Global Motorsport Communications
Phone: +1 678 644 0404

Peter Fadeyev
General Manager – Corporate Communications
Nissan Motor Co. Australia
Phone: +61 3 9797 4294

Chris Jordan
Corporate Communications Supervisor
Nissan Motor Co. Australia
Phone: +61 3 9797 4155

Colette Dunn
Corporate Communications Coordinator
Nissan Motor Co. Australia
Phone: +61 3 9797 4247

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