Mississauga, Ont. – One month from today, drivers from opposite Canada, Quebec and as inclusive as Thailand and India, will accommodate during Circuit Mont-Tremblant to foe in a first-ever foe for a Nissan Micra Cup. The well-rounded organisation of competitors infer that Canada’s newest racing array is also a many accessible, and appeals to foe drivers opposite a extended ability and knowledge spectrum.
The GT Academy Comes to Canada
Nissan Team GT Academy will run twin graduates from a 2014 Nissan PlayStation GT Academy foe in a 2015 Micra Cup. Indian racer Abhinay Bikkani (25), a Production Manager from Bangalore in India when he won GT Academy, and Thanaroj Thanasitnitiket (19) who hails from Bangkok in Thailand, a tyro before he strike a kitty with Nissan. Since winning GT Academy, both Abhinay and Thanaroj have been on Nissan’s complete motorist growth module to assistance them make a switch from virtual-to-reality.
Nissan’s groundbreaking motorist hunt and growth programme has unearthed some well-developed racing drivers in new years. The initial winner, Spaniard Lucas Ordonez is now racing in Japan in a tip difficulty of Super GT, while Jann Mardenborough, a British leader of a 2011 GT Academy, competes in a premier sports automobile difficulty during Le Mans and in Formula One tributary series, GP3.
Since 2008, a foe focused on Europe and afterwards a USA, though in 2014 a GT Academy went tellurian with a launch of ‘GT Academy International’, that widened a net to embody Australia, Mexico, India and Thailand. The winners from India and Thailand will now go head-to-head in a Micra Cup.
“Although many of a drivers in a initial deteriorate of a Nissan Micra Cup accost from a array home of Quebec, we’re gay by a seductiveness from opposite a creation and to have twin GT Academy winners on a grid,” pronounced Christian Meunier, boss of Nissan Canada Inc. “The universe will be examination as we flog off this sparkling racing array subsequent month.”
Frédéric Bernier – Bringing his racing dream to life
For many drivers, a Nissan Micra Cup is not only another personification field, though an wholly new one they have been sharp years for. This is a box for Frédéric Bernier (41), a business owner, father and father of 3 from Quebec City who is starting his racing foe career with a Nissan Micra Cup.
For a past 4 years, Frédéric Bernier, a former automotive mechanic, motionless to take his adore of cars and racing to a subsequent turn by participating in lane days, attending modernized karting schools and holding lessons with a obvious Académie Carl Nadeau. With a support of a racing village and his coaches, Frédéric Bernier satisfied he had plateaued in his training and it was time for a subsequent step. As aptness would have it, around a same time as this epiphany, Frédéric Bernier review an essay about a Nissan Micra Cup while he was during an airport. With a full support of his family and friends and an ardour for adrenalin, Frédéric Bernier enrolled in Canada’s many affordable racing series.
Being well-connected in a automotive industry, Frédéric Bernier has large people rooting for him, and a support of Capitale Nissan in Quebec City. Frédéric Bernier’s network of support is reflected on his Micra Cup foe car, that he spent large hours decorating himself. His time and appetite paid off, as his automobile placed third in a difficulty during a Quebec Autosport Show’s pattern contest.
When asked what his goal is for his entrance year in a racing series, a answer comes fast to Frédéric Bernier, “I’m here to have fun, to suffer any minute, and see where that leaves me in a standings. It’s all about training and progressing!”
A TOTAL-LY WINNING TEAM
Total Canada Inc., a auxiliary of a 5th oil and gas integrated association Total SA, is gratified to announce a appearance in a initial deteriorate of a Nissan Micra Cup 2015. “We are gay to attend in a Nissan Micra Cup, an eventuality that will reaffirm a ancestral joining to foe and boost a code recognition in Canada,” says Franck Bagouet, President and CEO of Total Canada Inc.
The Micra automobile Total will lift a array 220 and will be driven by twin famous Quebec celebrities, Jeff Boudreault and Benoit Gagnon. The third motorist for a Total organisation is a veteran racer and instructor Carl Nadeau, who will foe alongside some his benefaction and former students, including Frédéric Bernier. The Total organisation contingent energetically looks brazen to confronting their opponents aboard their Nissan Micra Total.
To-date, 25 cars are purebred with a really well-rounded aspirant organisation representing a accumulation of ages, backgrounds and knowledge on a grid. More information on a full register of Micra Cup drivers will be expelled soon. Stay connected to news about a Micra Cup and a drivers by visiting: www.nissan.ca/micracup
Nissan Micra Cup 2015 Season Schedule:
About a Nissan Micra Cup
Sanctioned by Auto Sport Québec (ASQ) and presented by JD Promotion Compétition with a support of Nissan Canada, a Nissan Micra Cup exclusively facilities a batch Micra 1.6 S M/T indication with teenager modifications, including NISMO cessation – to describe it race-ready.
Unlike many motorsport events, any competing Nissan Micra foe car will have a accurate same specifications, ensuing in a foe that truly reveals a many learned drivers. The Nissan Micra Cup foe vehicles sojourn versed with a Nissan Micra’s batch 1.6-litre DOHC 4-cylinder engine with twin fuel injection and Twin CVTC (Continuously Variable Timing Control) and batch 5-speed primer transmission. More than 25 Nissan Micras will foe on any foe weekend that will embody twin hours of lane time consisting of: a 30-minute trial, a 30-minute subordinate eventuality and twin 30-minute races.
Young karting drivers, a normal Canadian looking for an entrance indicate into motorsport competition, or anyone who wants to knowledge a rush of adrenaline fundamental with racing cars are all befitting to this series. In summary, a Nissan Micra Cup is for people who are ardent about motorsports, wish to knowledge all a fun and thrills of racing, though but spending towering amounts of money.
About a Nissan Micra
In 2014, a Nissan Micra returned to Canada after 23 years as an all-new model, charity Canadians unbeatable value with a lowest starting Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) in Canada during $9,998. One object that sets a 2015 Micra detached is a agility. Micra is easy to expostulate and park, interjection to glorious all-round prominence and branch radius, electric energy steering and a energy to weight ratio that surprises. Powering a front-wheel expostulate Micra is a DOHC 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine rated during 109 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 107 lb-ft. of torque @ 4,400 rpm.
About GT Academy 2015
GT Academy is a partnership between PlayStation® and Nissan that uses a practical universe of a Gran Turismo®6 diversion to unearth real-world racing talent. Now in a seventh year, GT Academy includes apart competitions for Europe (France, Italy, UK, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Hungary, Poland and Czech Republic), International organisation (Australia, North Africa, Middle East and Mexico) and Asia (India, Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia and Japan).
The GT Academy gift turn will be partial of a giveaway Gran Turismo®6 refurbish on PlayStation®3 (terms and conditions apply). The fastest gamers in any participating domain benefit entrance to their region’s National Final event. A array of competitors can also benefit entrance around a array of Live Gran Turismo events organized locally. The National Finals supplement driving, aptness and a media component to a gaming.
From National Finals, a movement moves onto a mythological Race Camp, where a competitors are put by their paces on lane in Nissan sports cars underneath a sharp eyes of high form judges and mentors. Winners from any foe will be invited to take partial in a complete Driver Development Programme. They could validate for an general foe permit and foe for Nissan professionally, with a possibility to potentially join Nissan’s chosen Nismo Athletes.
Previous winners of GT Academy are now unchanging racing drivers. In 2015, Jann Mardenborough (UK, leader in 2011) will be racing in a World Endurance Championship for Nissan in a tip LM P1 difficulty and in GP3, a tributary array to Formula One, with a championship-winning Carlin team. Lucas Ordoñez (Spain, leader in 2008) will be racing in a Le Mans 24 Hours this year in a Nisan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 entry, alongside Mardenborough. The 2014 Champions, Gaetan Paletou (Europe) and Ricardo Sanchez (International) are competing in a Blancpain Endurance Series with a Nissan GT Academy Team RJN.
News and views on GT Academy 2014 and a swell of all a GT Academy drivers can be followed on several platforms including: www.facebook.com/GTAcademy | www.twitter.com/GTAcademy | www.youtube.com/gtacademyeurope | www.flickr.com/photos/gtacademyeurope.
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