Nissan: Nissan/NISMO launch a 2016 competition season

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

Nissan announces tellurian motorsport module for 2016

  • Pirelli World Challenge: Season to flog off during COTA
  • V8 Supercars: Tough conflict during Adelaide travel circuit looms

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YOKOHAMA, Japan – Many of a stars and cars from NISMO’s tellurian motorsport programs for 2016 collected during Nissan’s domicile in Yokohama, Japan yesterday for a annual pre-season press conference.

With 34 drivers rebellious 14 opposite championships and vital events and fortifying 9 championship wins, Nissan’s 2016 foe fasten is one of a many extensive in tellurian motorsport with vital assaults stability in Japan, Europe, North America and Australia.

After final Friday’s proclamation of Nissan’s 2016 plans, Sunday’s eventuality in Japan was a initial eventuality for a Japanese media and fans to accommodate a drivers and group government who will title a manufacturer’s championship invulnerability in both a GT500 and GT300 classes in Super GT.

The eventuality also facilities former GT Academy leader Jann Mardenborough who is headed to Japan to foe in GT300 and Formula 3 and immature Japanese star Mitsunori Takaboshi, who heads to Europe for a Blancpain GT Series to follow in a footsteps of Katsumasa Chiyo, who was partial of Nissan’s championship-winning motorist multiple in 2015.

Mardenborough will be a teammate of Chiyo in Japanese Formula 3 this season, while also contesting GT300 aboard a Nissan GTR NISMO GT3 with Kazuki Hoshino.

“I feel unequivocally absolved to have a NDDP chair in GT300, and I’m going to be doing my best to get good formula for Nissan with Kazuki,” pronounced Mardenborough. “I’m unequivocally looking brazen to a start of a season. It is going to be good operative with Kazuki. He has been partnered with other past GT Academy drivers in a past. He is unequivocally easy to work with and speaks unequivocally good English, that is good for me. Hopefully we can learn some Japanese from him as well.”

Yesterday’s eventuality in Yokohama also noted a finish of an epoch for Nissan GT500 group executive executive Kunihiko Kakimoto, who is handing over a reigns to Toshikazu Tanaka, corporate clamp boss of NISMO.

Kakimoto-san’s grant to a brand’s success was famous during yesterday’s eventuality with a display led by three-time Super GT champion, Satoshi Motoyama.

The initial turn of a 2016 Super GT deteriorate will be staged during Okayama on Apr 10.



After holding 7 category victories final year’s in Pirelli World Challenge, Nissan earnings in 2016 with Always Evolving Racing/AIM Autosport rising a 2016 attack this weekend with a span of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 entries. 

Australian James Davison took dual altogether victories in 2015, while former GT Academy leader American Bryan Heitkotter took 5 GTA-class wins – forcing his graduation into a PRO multiplication of a championship.

Both will lapse this deteriorate starting this weekend during Circuit of a Americas this weekend before subsidy adult a following weekend during a St. Petersburg travel circuit in and with a IndyCar series.

Heitkotter, a initial American leader of a GT Academy competition, is looking brazen to returning to a chair of his No.05 GT-R this weekend.

“I’m large vehement to get started for a deteriorate this weekend,” pronounced Heitkotter. “We have smoothness with a group this year with AIM Autosport and Always Evolving. we have a same teammate, a same cars and a same guys operative on a crew, so I’m awaiting we’ll strike a belligerent using and have an even improved deteriorate than final year. One of a many overwhelming things about GT3 racing in Pirelli World Challenge is there are so many manufacturers concerned and a foe is so fierce. The margin distance is growing, and when we demeanour during a grid there is substantially any one of 10 guys who could win on any given weekend.”

Pirelli World Challenge teams will suffer a exam day during COTA on Thursday, Mar 3 before a foe weekend starts on Friday. Qualifying for both races for a GT category will take place on Saturday morning, Mar 5. Davison and Heitkotter will competition dual one-hour races during COTA – one any on Saturday and Sunday (March 6).


The 2016 V8 Supercar deteriorate starts on a streets of Adelaide “down under” in Australia this weekend with Nissan returning with a four-car patrol of Nissan Altimas again this year.

Staged on a condensed chronicle of a former Australian Grand Prix travel circuit, a Clipsal 500 is eminent as one of a toughest events on a V8 Supercar calendar.

Teams do conflict in dual 125km races on Saturday with a singular 250km eventuality on Sunday, Mar 6.

Rick and Todd Kelly and Michael Caruso lapse for Nissan in 2016 with Dale Wood fasten a group for a initial time.

Caruso’s No.23 Altima will lapse in full Nissan branding this season, while Rick Kelly will entrance his No.15 Altima in a colors of new sponsor, lighting manufacturer, Sengled.

After securing second place during a Bathurst 12 Hour aboard a Nissan GTR NISMO GT3, Kelly has left on to finish a trouble-free exam of his code new chassis, forward of a start of a 2016 V8 Supercars season.


Both Rick and Todd Kelly finished in a tip 10 on a time sheets during a new pre-season exam during Winton Motor Raceway in Victory.


“So with a new automobile and new livery, we am unequivocally vehement to tackle a severe Adelaide travel circuit,” Rick Kelly said. “We’ve had good credentials entrance into a deteriorate – something we haven’t always achieved – so we am unequivocally vehement for a year ahead.”


March 3-6

  • Pirelli World Challenge, Circuit of a Americas, Austin, Texas
  • V8 Supercars, Clipsal 500, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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


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