MIMASAKA, Japan and LE CASTELLET, France – Nissan and NISMO took a initial stairs in fortifying their Super GT GT500 and GT300 category championships on home dirt in Japan with a initial pre-season exam final week.
Forty-two cars collected during a Okayama International Circuit in Mimasaka, Japan for a central pre-season exam including 4 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 and 4 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 machines.
Formerly a home of a Pacific Formula 1 Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995, a 3.703 km (2.300 mi) circuit will horde a opening turn of this year’s Super GT championship.
The two-day exam noted a central GT500 entrance for Blancpain Endurance Series champion Katsumasa Chiyo, who will group with NISMO fable Satoshi Motoyama in a No.46 S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R.
Former GT Academy champion Jann Mardenborough also continued his contrast module on house a No.3 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 alongside Kazuki Hoshino.
New group colors for a No.24 Forum Engineering ADVAN GT-R GT500 were also seen in movement for a initial time with Daiki Sasaki and Masataka Yanagida during a wheel.
The No.12 Calsonic IMPUL GT-R of Hironobu Yasuda / João Paulo de Oliveira was fastest for Nissan on a opening day of a test, as all 4 GT-R entries were in a tip 10 in times with a sixth, seventh, eighth and 10th fastest times.
The Japanese/Brazilian combo was also discerning on day dual in a No.12 entrance to record a third fastest time with reigning GT500 champions Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli in seventh place for a second uninterrupted day.
Mardenborough and Hoshino were fifth fastest in GT300 among a 27-car margin on day one and sixth on day two.
Super GT contrast continues subsequent week during Fuji Speedway in credentials for a opening turn during Okayama on Apr 9 to 10.
Take a demeanour during what a NISMO drivers and teams do in a off-season including a latest GT Academy Europe leader Romain Sarazin.
A conspicuous 41 Nissan-powered prototypes set for FIA WEC and ELMS
Pre-season tests for both a FIA World Endurance Championship and a European Le Mans Series is being hold during Circuit Paul Ricard in France this week with a conspicuous 41 Nissan-powered prototypes on track.
Between a dual championships, a sum of 71 cars will be on lane this week with Nissan powering an implausible 57 percent of a entries.
The ELMS will control a two-day exam on Mar 22 and 23 with 10 LM P2 Nissan-powered entries among a 13 entries.
After a successful entrance final year, a LM P3 category has fast stretched for 2016 with 20 Nissan-powered entries reliable to exam this week.
British Olympic cycling fable Sir Chris Hoy won final year’s initial LM P3 championship teamed with Charlie Robertson.
Hoy will be benefaction during a ELMS exam this week pushing with Algarve Pro Racing alongside Renault growth motorist Andrea Pizzitola.
The exam continues Hoy’s tour to Le Mans, familiarizing himself serve with an LM P2 automobile following his prior outings with Greaves Motorsport.
2015 ELMS champions Greaves will entrance their new Ligier JS P2 framework this week with new drivers, four-time Grand-Am Rolex Series champion Memo Rojas and final year’s FIA World Endurance Championship LM P2 co-champion Julien Canal.
The FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue will take over a Paul Ricard circuit on Mar 25/26.
After powering a past 3 FIA WEC LM P2 champions, Nissan again dominates a category again in 2016 with all 10 cars entered for this week’s voluntary powered by a Nissan VK45DE V8 engine.
Joining a Nissan family for a initial time during a exam will be U.S.-team Extreme Speed Motorsports, that switches to a NISMO-developed energy plant after winning both a Rolex 24 during Daytona and final weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring with Honda.
European Le Mans Series Official Test, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
FIA WEC Prologue, Circuit Paul Ricard, France
V8 Supercars, Symmons Plains, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia
Super GT, Okayama, Japan
Blancpain GT Sprint, Misano, Italy
FIA WEC, Silverstone, England
ELMS, Silverstone, England
V8 Supercar, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Long Beach, California, USA
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