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Nissan: Nissan sets sights on Blancpain enduro in Monza after severe Misano sprint

MISANO, Italy Nissan GT Academy Team RJN endured a severe lapse to a Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup as a 2015 Endurance Series champions launched a 2016 debate in Misano, Italy final weekend.

While a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 wasn’t matched to a parsimonious proportions of a Misano layout, both a No.22 and No.23 machines done clever swell in a subordinate competition on Saturday night.

Alex Buncombe and Mitsunori Takaboshi changed adult from 27th on a grid to 17th during a mottled dwindle in a cool, damp conditions while GT Academy leader Ricardo Sanchez and Sean Walkinshaw done identical swell and was in row for a lectern in a Silver Cup difficulty until pang hit during a final corner.

“It’s was apparently extraordinary to be behind in a automobile and to be means to finally work with RJN however it was a unequivocally tough weekend for all of us,” Walkinshaw said. “We struggled in subordinate to be means to get a discerning path out of a automobile though in a subordinate competition with a cooler conditions a automobile was drifting and competition gait was unequivocally strong. We kept gaining pace, that is since it done a categorical competition so tough since both Ricardo and myself unequivocally struggled for grip. However we did a best and got a best outcome we could deliberation a resources and have to pull unequivocally tough to try and get a improved outcome during Monza in a integrate of weeks time.”

The set-up change in both cars suffered in a dry and warmer conditions. Buncombe and European debutante Takaboshi finished 14th with Walkinshaw and Sanchez holding 28th place.

“I had a good start and was means to make adult some positions during a start,” Buncombe said. “As approaching it was all flattering chaotic and crazy tighten racing among a container so it was a change between aggressive and fortifying during a same time. With a boost in lane heat currently we felt we mislaid some of a change we had yesterday and in comfortable adult that was frustrating. It was a tough weekend for us in Misano though I’m now looking brazen to Monza that we know is a lane some-more matched to a GT-R.”

The group earnings to Italy in dual weeks for a opening continuation race. The prolonged straights and issuing turns of Monza are approaching to improved fit a GT-R. Buncombe and Takaboshi will be assimilated in a No.23 by former GT Academy leader Lucas Ordóñez while Walkinshaw will acquire 2015 GT Academy winners Matt Simmons (International) and Romain Sarazin (Europe) in a No.22.

NISMO Calendar

April 16-17:
FIA WEC, Silverstone, England
ELMS, Silverstone, England
V8 Supercar, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Long Beach, California, USA

April 23-24
Blancpain GT Endurance, Monza, Italy
Pirelli World Challenge, Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, USA

May 3-4
Super GT, Fuji Speedway, Japan

May 7-8
FIA WEC, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Blancpain GT Sprint, Brands Hatch, England
V8 Supercar, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia


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