Nissan: Nissan Power Dominates LM P2 Grid for 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours

Posted on 21. Jun, 2013 by in Nissan Canada

  • Australian motorist John Martin to start from second place in a LM P2 category aboard #26 Oreca-Nissan of G-Drive Racing
  • Top 3 LM P2 cars on a Le Mans grid are Powered by Nissan’s VK45DE V8 engine

LE MANS, France – Nissan-powered cars took a initial 3 positions in a LM P2 category during subordinate for a 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours final night.

Nissan’s LM P2 patron engine module has left from strength-to-strength over a final 3 years. In 2013, a towering 15 out of 22 LM P2 cars will be powered by a NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine. This engine shares bloodlines with a VK56DE V8 engine used by Nissan Motorsport in a V8 Supercars Championship.

So distant in a 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, Nissan has dominated a LM P2 class, holding a tip 8 positions during Silverstone and a tip 6 during Spa. Add this to dual victories in a initial dual rounds of a European Le Mans Series and it becomes apparent since so many teams opted to be Powered by Nissan.

All 3 subordinate sessions were influenced by extensive red dwindle durations that has finished it tough on a teams and many opted to run in competition trim for tonight’s sessions in sequence to ready for 24 hours of prosaic out racing entrance their approach this weekend.

The No.24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan will start a competition from stick position after Olivier Pla set a fastest time in a category in a final of 3 subordinate sessions. Pla is assimilated in a stick sitting LM P2 entrance by David Heinemeier and Alex Brundle, son of former Le Mans 24 Hours leader and Formula 1 driver-turned-commentator Martin Brundle.

Joining a No.24 Oak Racing Morgan-Nissan on a front quarrel of a LM P2 grid will be a No.26 Oreca-Nissan of G-Drive Racing, that includes Australian motorist John Martin, followed by a Zytek-Nissan of Jota Sport.

The drivers of a No.26 G-Drive Racing automobile hold stick position via subordinate though were pipped to a post during a really finish of a session.

“Honestly, we could have finished an even improved path on my third attempt,” pronounced Martin. “I didn’t expostulate really most during a Test Day and dusk use event … a path times demeanour good, though we consider we can still urge a automobile for a race. That’s a good thing, since it means we still have a good domain for improvement.”

Queensland’s Martin is one of a drivers in Nissan’s Official Partner Team, G-Drive Racing. Already winners in 2013, a Russian group is going all out for a Le Mans win. Russia’s Roman Rusinov drives a No.26 Oreca Nissan alongside Martin and Britain’s Mike Conway.

“The time we hold was set during a initial event final night and, as we were using in competition spec currently we knew that we could be beaten,” pronounced Rusinov.

“A small sleet would have been good for us though a continue hold out. This is a 24-hour competition so stick isn’t all though of march it would have been good to take a indicate for pole.”

The No.42 Greaves Motorsport entrance took 12th place after using in full competition trim during qualifying. Rookie Le Mans racer Jann Mardenborough finished all a using he indispensable to validate for a race. The No.42 Greaves Motorsport Zytek Nissan is expected to be a favorite of a fans as NISMO Ambassador and former Super GT champion, Michael Krumm joins GT Academy graduates Lucas Ordonez and Mardenborough in a entry.

“It was indeed really formidable as nothing of us have had a outrageous volume of time in a car,” pronounced Mardenborough.

“The red flags finished it wily for everybody though it was a illusory knowledge and we can’t wait for Saturday to come around now.”

Nissan is focusing on a fans during Le Mans this year with a #fansfirst beginning that is already proof popular. The NISMO FanZone is now entirely open in a new karting area so fans can go along to see a drivers of a No.42 Greaves Motorsport and No.26 G-Drive Racing entries. They can knowledge a NISMO Lab where they can get an discernment into a life of a NISMO Athlete and try out several tests to see if they too have what it takes.

RESULTS: Le Mans 24 Hours – Final Qualifying (LM P2 Classification)

1. #24 OAK Racing Morgan – Nissan: 3:38.621
(driven by Olivier Pla, David Heinemeier Hansson and Alex Brundle)

2. #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca 03 – Nissan: 3:39.535
(driven by Roman Rusinov, John Martin and Mike Conway)

3. #38 Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN – Nissan 3:40.459
(driven by Simon Dolan, Oliver Turvey and Lucas Luhr)

About Nissan Motor Company
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Japan’s second-largest automotive company, is headquartered in Yokohama, Japan, and is partial of a Renault-Nissan Alliance. Operating with some-more than 267,000 employees globally, Nissan supposing business with some-more than 4.9 million vehicles and generated income of 9.6 trillion yen (USD 116.16 billion) in mercantile 2012. Nissan delivers a extensive operation of over 60 models underneath a Nissan and Infiniti brands. In 2010, Nissan introduced a Nissan LEAF, and continues to lead in zero-emission mobility. The LEAF, a initial mass-market, pure-electric car launched globally, is now a best-selling EV in history.


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