Nissan: Nissan prepared to flog off Blancpain Championship invulnerability during Circuit Paul Ricard in France

Posted on 08. Mar, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

LE CASTELLET, France – Nissan, NISMO and GT Academy Team RJN will take their initial stairs towards fortifying their Blancpain Endurance Series championship this week during Circuit Paul Ricard in a South of France.

Nissan’s 2016 lineup will continue a growth of a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 during a Blancpain pre-season exam during a venue where a group triumphed in 2015.

Victory in a Six Hours of Paul Ricard final deteriorate was a pivotal step in a team’s expostulate for championship success. For 2016, Nissan will not usually urge a driver’s continuation championship, though also competition a Blancpain scurry pretension for a initial time.

At this week’s test, Nissan’s full choice of 7 GT-R drivers will finish laps aboard a No.23 (Pro) and No.24 (Pro-Am) entries including:

Sprint Championship
No.23 – Pro: Alex Buncombe, Mitsunori Takaboshi
No.24 – Pro Silver Cup: Sean Walkinshaw, Ricardo Sánchez

Endurance Championship
No.23 – Pro: Alex Buncombe, Lucas Ordóñez, Mitsunori Takaboshi
No. 24 – Pro Am: Sean Walkinshaw, Matt Simmons, Romain Sarazin


Listen to a pristine GT-R NISMO GT3 engine sound on a Lap of Paul Ricard.

Japanese ace Mitsunori Takaboshi will make his European entrance this week while Sean Walkinshaw creates his bureau entrance after considerable Blancpain efforts on house a GT-R final season.

Reigning Endurance champion Alex Buncombe is behind along with former GT Academy winners Lucas Ordóñez and Ricardo Sánchez. The initial GT Academy winner, Ordóñez, earnings to Europe after dual seasons racing in Japan.

The Paul Ricard exam will also be subsequent step in a motorist growth module for Nissan’s 2015 GT Academy winners Matt Simmons (International) and Romain Sarazin (Europe).

“For myself, we wish to get as gentle as we can with a automobile and learn as most as we can from my pro motorist teammate Sean Walkinshaw, and apparently Romain (Sarazin) – operative together to get ourselves adult to speed,” pronounced Simmons. “I don’t wish to set too high expectations on myself since we feel like it’s going to be a challenge. For me, we wish to be means to suffer it, though also learn from a group and altogether only get unequivocally gentle and work forward.

“The initial competition we would apparently adore to finish, and that’s what a idea is, and apparently a aloft a better, since we are racing drivers and we are competitive. we feel like I’ve prepared unequivocally good entrance into a exam though will continue to pull towards a initial race. we feel really prepared and good prepared to give myself a really best event in a car.”

Upcoming NISMO Calendar

March 9-10:
Blancpain Endurance Series Pre-season Test, Circuit Paul Ricard, France

March 11-13:
Pirelli World Challenge, St Petersburg travel circuit, Florida, USA

March 17-20:
V8 Supercars, Australian Grand Prix Support Race, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

March 22-23:
European Le Mans Series Official Test, Circuit Paul Ricard, France

March 25-26:
FIA WEC Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard, France


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