Nissan: Nissan winning in France!

Posted on 22. Jun, 2015 by in Nissan Canada

  • #23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 wins 1000kms Blancpain Endurance Series competition during Paul Ricard in France
  • Buncombe, Chiyo and Reip take lead in PRO Championship standings
  • Mardenborough takes fifth in Austria in GP3 Series
  • Rick Kelly grabs a stick position in V8 Supercars in Darwin

LE CASTELLET, France Nissan’s Alex Buncombe (GB), Katsumasa Chiyo (JAP) and Wolfgang Reip (BEL) took a autocratic feat in Saturday’s 1000km Blancpain Endurance Series race, that ran into a night during Paul Ricard in France.  This was a initial altogether Blancpain Endurance Series win for Nissan and a best probable comfortable adult for subsequent month’s Spa 24 Hours for Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.


The #23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 started from seventh on a 60-car grid after receiving a five-place chastisement for a array line infringement. Katsumasa Chiyo done a good start and immediately showed off a GT-R’s brakes to their full outcome when a Ferrari, Bentley and McLaren crashed right in front of him during Turn Five.  The Safety Car was dispatched while a lane was privileged though once a competition resumed Chiyo was shortly adult to second place, sport down a Lamborghini that was in a lead.

Chiyo stayed in hit with a Lamborghini via his opening run and afterwards pitted in sequence to let Reip lift on a charge.  The 2012 personality of GT Academy set off after a personality though his assign was halted by a really prolonged reserve automobile period. He got divided good during a re-start to continue a quarrel before handing over a GT-R to Buncombe.

Not prolonged into his run, Buncombe took a lead when a Lamborghini took a array stop. From this impulse on a group didn’t demeanour behind for a subsequent 3.5 hours.  Despite another reserve automobile duration shutting adult a opening a drivers went on to build up, and notwithstanding a late plea from Bentley, a #23 Nissan GT-R crossed a line initial during Paul Ricard, holding a initial Blancpain win for Nissan.

The #22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 was on for a tip outcome in a PRO-AM category in a hands of Mark Shulzhitskiy (RUS), Gaetan Paletou (FRA) and Ricardo Sanchez (MEX), using in second in category for most of a race. Their efforts were scuppered by a rigging preference problem in a final hour of a race, that compulsory a extensive array stop. They finished in 12th place in a PRO AM class.

The #23 patrol now leads a Blancpain Endurance Series PRO Championship, usually one indicate transparent of Bentley. The group will conduct true to Spa for a pre-Spa 24 Hours exam day on Wednesday, entirely warmed adult for their biggest competition of a season.

“This is a initial altogether win in this championship,” pronounced group trainer Bob Neville. “We won a PRO AM pretension a integrate of years ago, and we won a GT4 pretension before that though this means all to us. Bentley pushed us tough during a end, though Al (Buncombe) usually did his pursuit and brought it home. To win a 1000kms competition usually before Spa is usually what we needed. It couldn’t be better.”

“We’ve worked so tough over a years to get a win like this,” pronounced Buncombe. “This is my initial year in a PRO category alongside dual extraordinary drivers, and it all came together tonight. Chiyo has been a star all weekend. He is awesomely quick in a GT-R! The group were revelation me a opening behind to Kaney (Steven Kane – Bentley) during a finish so we knew he was throwing me. we ran far-reaching once – I’m usually tellurian – and afterwards had pick-up all over my tires for a integrate of laps, though it all worked out good in a end.”

Fifth Place in GP3 during a Red Bull Ring

Jann Mardenborough had a competition to forget in a second GP3 Series competition of a weekend in Austria on Sunday. He and his teammate Antonio Fuoco got a small too tighten during a race, creation hit early on. Mardenborough pitted for repairs and recovered to 17th place.

Race one on Saturday went a lot improved for Mardenborough. He started from 12th and had to conflict quick when his teammate stalled on a grid in front of him. Once a lane was privileged he and his other Carlin teammate, Ferrari Academy motorist Fuoco, set about creation their approach by a field. Jann done some good passes, securing fifth place during a flag.

“I had a good start and managed to equivocate any hit in a initial few laps and afterwards attempted to make adult as many positions as possible,” pronounced Mardenborough. “My idea was to get into a tip 8 and into a good position for a retreat grid race, though we managed some-more than that and took some-more points with fifth.”

Pole Position and a Podium in Darwin for Rick Kelly

Nissan’s V8 Supercar group had a rollercoaster float of a weekend during Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin, Australia. The prominence was Rick Kelly holding his initial stick position given Sandown in 2011. He also took a lectern finish in a initial competition of a weekend. Click here for some-more information on Nissan’s V8 Supercars campaign.



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