Nissan: Nissan misses third uninterrupted pretension though takes Motegi victory

Posted on 15. Nov, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

MOTEGI, Japan Nissan might have depressed brief in a plea to take a history-making third uninterrupted Super GT GT500 championship, though a NISMO squads finished a stream epoch of a championship with another feat Twin Ring Motegi.

Daiki Sasaki and Masataka Yanagida took feat in a deferred turn 3 of a championship staged on Saturday. Originally scheduled for May during Autopolis, a turn had to be cancelled due to a Kumamoto earthquake.

The win by a Forum Engineering patrol mirrored their feat from Sportsland Sugo progressing this year when they inaugurated to not change tires during a scheduled array stop.

The remaining GT-R squads all scored tip 10 formula finishing seventh, eighth and ninth with Hironobu Yasuda/JP de Oliveira heading Satoshi Motoyama/Katsumasa Chiyo and Ronnie Quintarelli/Tsugio Matsuda.

In Sunday’s final round, a No. 46 of Motoyama and Chiyo led a approach for Nissan with sixth place finish forward of Quintarelli/Matsuda (seventh), Yasuda/de Oliveira (eighth) and Sasaki/Yanagida (10th).

After holding a championship for a past dual years in a row, Quintarelli and Matsuda had to settle for third place in 2017 as all 4 GT-R teams finished tip 10 finishes in a points.

With new regulations set to be introduced in 2017, Nissan has finished a conspicuous 3 seasons of prevalence in Super GT including:

  • Victory in 12 of a 24 races staged from 2014-2016
  • All 4 GT-R entries have won races
  • Championship success in 2014 and 2015
  • Victory in 5 of a 8 races in 2016

“To put it succinctly, a fact that we let a third uninterrupted pretension trip out of a grasp was due to lacking competitiveness with a rivals in a final race,” pronounced Nissan Team executive director, Toshikazu Tanaka. “In Saturday’s race, Kondo Racing’s plan worked out ideally to secure them their second feat of a deteriorate and lift hopes for a #1 Motul Autech GT-R to be means to take a deteriorate title. However, on a final day’s race, we were totally outdone by a rivals. That being said, a GT-R has taken a pretension twice in a 3 years given a stream regulations were introduced in 2014. That, along with 12 wins in 24 races, demonstrates that a Nissan teams have achieved valiantly. This deteriorate alone we took 5 wins in 8 races. While we have mostly been means to take advantage of a 3 opposite brands of tire and conflict it out in Nissan’s singular style, this deteriorate a 4 Nissans had instances where they let points trip out of their grasp and we missed out on a championship. We are going to delicately demeanour into because we missed out on points in any instance and go out prepared to tackle a new regulations that will be introduced in 2017.”


NISMO Calendar

November 19-20
FIA WEC, Bahrain

December 3-4
Australian Supercars, Homebush Street Circuit, Sydney, NSW,Australia

December 11
NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan


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