Nissan: Nissan signs off in LM P2 during Le Mans with the fifth category victory

Posted on 20. Jun, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

LE MANS, France Nissan has finished a army in a LM P2 category during a 24 Hours of Le Mans with another widespread opening including feat for a Signatech Alpine Squad.



The No.36 entrance of Nicolas Lapierre, Gustavo Menezes and Stephane Richelmi took a dual minute, 40 second feat over a Nissan-powered G-Drive Racing Oreca with a SMP Racing BR01 entrance a serve 4 laps adrift.

Nissan indeed filled 12 of a tip 13 finishing positions to take a fifth category feat from 6 attempts.

For 2017, a LM P2 category regulations will change with each automobile in a margin regulating a mandated spec engine from Gibson Technologies

“This year is a final year of a Nissan LM P2 engine module and we am unequivocally confident with a good result,” pronounced Motohiro Matsumura, NISMO Chief Operating Officer. “Top 9 cars regulating a Nissan powertrain is a good approach to finish for us.”

The Nissan VK45 engine was initial grown for Super GT foe and used from 2007 by 2009. In 2008, a Nissan GT-Rs won 7 victories out of 9 races with a VK45 and a No.23 NISMO entrance won a championship title.

The engine was re-developed for LM P2 and introduced in 2011. NISMO motorist Tsugio Matsuda is a usually motorist who gathering both a VK45 engine both in Super GT and LM P2.

This year there were a record 20 Nissan engines in a LM P2 category – 87 percent of a category and 35 percent of a whole field.



Olympic Cycling Legend Sir Chris Hoy Makes Le Mans Dream a Reality

Olympic Gold medalist and cycling World Champion Sir Chris Hoy satisfied a lifelong dream currently when his Nissan-powered Algarve Pro Racing entrance took a mottled dwindle during a Le Mans 24 hours.

Teammate Andrea Pizzitola took a finish line in a No.25 Ligier chassis, bringing a group home 17th altogether and 12th in class.

A BBC2 documentary organisation have been following Hoy on his three-year tour with Nissan, culminating here during Le Mans. This will atmosphere on Sep 11 during 8:00 p.m. (UK time)

“Just when we consider you’ve seen all a competition has to offer, right during a genocide of a race, we see something else occur – incredible,” Hoy said. “The Toyota pulls over – a disappointment, distressing scenes in their garage, a pleasure in a Porsche garage, an extraordinary race. And for us, to see Andrea channel a line, to see all that meant for a group was amazing. Thinking about starting out during Oulton Park doing lane days, sitting for my test, a whole tour to get here. There were times when we didn’t consider it was going to occur and we thought, a bit like a Olympics, meditative even if we don’t make it, we competence get half-way and do something exciting. But even with this, we suspicion I’d got to competition British GT and European Le Mans array final year and exam a LM P2 automobile final year, so I’d already finished something great. But we finished it here to Le Mans – and we didn’t only make it. We finished a competition – only amazing.”


Alliance Athlete Pizzitola Impresses in Le Mans Debut

Renault-Nissan Alliance contestant Andrea Pizzitola tender in his 24 Hours Le Mans entrance teamed with Sir Chris Hoy and Michael Munemann.

The Renault Sport Trophy leader from 2015 indeed distinguished his birthday during a race. When he began a army during 11:30 p.m. on Saturday night, he was 23; when he exited a automobile in a early hours a follow morning, he had incited 24 during a 24 Hours of Le Mans.

“This is crazy,” pronounced Pizzitola. “The final army was fun. we wanted to push. The automobile felt great, and my path times were good. It feels extraordinary to have finished a race. we don’t consider I’ve utterly satisfied it only yet. Since a competition started, I’ve only felt like we am in a opposite universe – in a appurtenance – so to get to a finish and comprehend what we have finished feels fantastic. The final path was only a best feeling in a world. I’m so happy”

The opening of Pizzitola capped off a shining 24 Hours of Le Mans for Nissan according to NISMO Global Motorsport Director Mike Carcamo.

“A illusory outcome during a finish of 2016 Le Mans,” pronounced Carcamo said. “Twelve of a tip 13 finishers powered by Nissan, and Sir Chris Hoy and Andrea finishing their initial ever Le Mans – we unequivocally can’t ask for a improved result.”



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