Nissan: NISMO and Chris Hoy prepared for Le Mans entrance after successful test

Posted on 07. Jun, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

LE MANS, France Olympic cycling fable Sir Chris Hoy is prepared for his 24 Hours of Le Mans entrance after completing a successful day behind a circle during a annual Le Mans Test Day yesterday during Circuit de la Sarthe.

Hoy will expostulate in a LM P2 category in his 24-hour entrance alongside Renault-Nissan Alliance contestant Andrea Pizzitola and British racer Mike Munemann for Algarve Pro Racing aboard their Nissan-powered Ligier.

The 2015 European Le Mans Series LM P3 category champion finished 30 laps / 408.88 kilometers around a mythological Le Mans circuit as he prepares to spin a first-ever Summer Olympic Medalist to contest in a classical French continuation race.

“The automobile didn’t skip a beat,” pronounced Hoy. “The lane was flattering immature and sleazy out there early in a session, though even so we was unequivocally gratified with my path times and we was means to chip divided and get quicker and quicker. It is good to get behind on this track; it is such an extraordinary circuit. Looking brazen to a foe weekend, I’m unequivocally not focused on a results. I’m only perplexing to do a best pursuit we can. Whenever I’m in a car, I’m pushing to a comprehensive extent of my abilities – not over it – and perplexing to finish a race. It is such a plea to only tarry a race. I’m unequivocally not meditative over only perplexing to do my job. As shortly as we start meditative about winning or removing on a podium, it only distracts we from what we are perplexing to do.”


After apropos a many successful British Olympian ever in 2012 in London, Hoy late from cycling a following year and began to concentration on his “hobby” behind a wheel.
Linking a purpose as a Team GB Olympic sponsor, Nissan initial entered Hoy in a British GT Championship in 2014 in a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. It has put him by a complete motorist growth module combined to spin graduates from a successful GT Academy “gamer to racer” module into veteran drivers.

Hoy scored a lectern in his entrance deteriorate and graduated to a European Le Mans Series final year in a new Nissan-powered LM P3 antecedent class.

Hoy scored victories in 3 of a initial 4 races with Team LNT in a Nissan-powered Ginetta with co-driver Charlie Robertson to bind a LM P3 driver’s title.

Hoy, Pizzitola, Munemann and a Algarve Pro patrol are scheduled for a 24 Hour of Le Mans admin checks (2:50 p.m. internal time) and scrutineering (3:30 p.m. internal time) on Monday, Jun 13 before attack a lane for a initial time on Wednesday, Jun 15.

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Nissan Teams Dominate LM P2 Class during Le Mans Test Day

Nissan and NISMO dominated a LM P2 category during a 24 Hours of Le Mans exam day, stuffing 19 of a tip 20 spots on a timesheet.

Nissan will energy 33 percent of a whole grid during Le Mans this year, and final weekend those 4.5 liter, 450 horsepower engines finished 1,431 laps of a Circuit de la Sarthe circuit – a sum of 19,503 kilometers opposite a dual four-hour sessions.

French ace Tristan Gommendy surfaced a times for Eurasia Motorsport aboard their Nissan-powered Oreca chassis.

The Signatech Alpine patrol was second fastest forward of a G-Drive Racing No.26 Oreca entry.

Nissan’s back-to-back Super GT Championship-winning ace Tsugio Matsuda returned to Le Mans to ready to foe with final year’s LM P2 foe winners KCMG.

Matsuda has done 3 before foe starts with KCMG, finishing second during Silverstone in 2014 and winning during Circuit of a Americas in a FIA World Endurance Championship a same season.

Nissan Aiming to Close LM P2 Era with Another Victory during Le Mans

Nissan has been a widespread force in a LM P2 category given a entrance in 2011, and a form of a NISMO-powered teams so distant in 2016 continues to denote that opening advantage.

The 2016 deteriorate will be a final year of foe for a VK-spec energy plant with new LM P2 regulations kicking off a one-make engine regulation subsequent season.

Since creation a entrance during Sebring International Raceway during a opening turn of a Intercontinental Le Mans Challenge, Nissan has won 61 out of 66 races in a ILMC, FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series – a towering 92 percent win rate.

Last deteriorate Nissan swept a FIA WEC championship with G-Drive Racing, a European Le Mans Series with Greaves Motorsport and took a fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans win with KCMG.

So widespread has a Nissan engine spin in a FIA WEC, each group entered in a LM P2 category in 2016 has selected NISMO-power.

In further to a 20 cars backing adult on a grid for a 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nissan will also energy all 22 LM P3 prototypes holding partial in a “Road to Le Mans” support race; it is scheduled for Saturday morning before to a immature dwindle for a 24 Hour.

NISMO Calendar

June 4-5
24 Hours of Le Mans Test Day

June 11-12
Japanese Formula 3 Championship, Suzuka, Japan

June 12-13
24 Hours of Le Mans Scrutineering

June 18-19
24 Hours of Le Mans
Australian Supercars, Hidden Valley, Darwin, Northern Territory
Nissan Micra Cup, Autodrome St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada

June 25-26
Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
Pirelli World Challenge, Road America, WI, USA


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