Nissan announces 2016 motorsport program

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E4---Nissan-Motorsport-Australia20160315After claiming nine international championships around the world in 2015, Nissan will continue to participate in various categories and championships as well as build on its customer support programs in 2016.

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Seasoned NISMO Athletes continue to fly the flag in Japan, North America, Europe and Australia.

Super GT GT500
Having proudly claimed the Super GT GT500 Championship for two years in a row, Nissan/NISMO now seeks to make that a hat-trick of victories in 2016.

Four Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 teams will compete in the GT500 class. Fresh from a two-year stint of Blancpain Endurance Series and Bathurst 12-hour races, Katsumasa Chiyo will make his GT500 debut in 2016.

Toshikazu Tanaka, Corporate vice president of NISMO, will take over the role of Nissan GT500 team executive director from Kunihiko Kakimoto. Kakimoto has served as executive director for 12 years since 2004 and contributed to Nissan’s 12 GT500 series titles.

The Motul Autech GT-R/Michelin Team will be composed of Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli with Yutaka Suzuki as Team Principal. Team Calsonic IMPUL GT-R/Bridgestone will be driven by Hironobu Yasuda and João Paulo de Oliveira with Kazuyoshi Hoshino as team principal. Kondo Racing/Forum Engineering ADVAN GT-R/ Yokohama Team will be driven by Daiki Sasaki and Masataka Yanagida with Masahiko Kondo as Team Principal. Team MOLA S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R / Michelin will be driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo with Toshiomi Oeki as team principal.

Series regulations do not allow for the development of aero and suspension parts this year, so the car remains in the same specification as 2015, but with increased engine and tire performance. While the engine specification remains the same, improvements have been made to both combustion and the intake/exhaust system, which will see higher efficiency and reliability in line with the new 5.0-percent “less fuel” rule.

Gt3
Developed by NISMO, the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 won the GT300 class title of Super GT and Pro Class championship of the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2015. In collaboration with its program partner in Europe, JRM, NISMO will continue to support Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 customers by providing vehicles and technical assistance.

Blancpain gt Series Endurance Cup / Sprint Cup
After winning one of the most competitive GT3 titles in the world in 2015, Nissan/NISMO expands its commitment with its first official entry in the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup, supplementing its championship-winning commitment to the Blancpain Endurance Cup.

Continuing the Blancpain GT Series challenge in Pro and Pro Am which began in 2011, RJN Motorsport will continue to run the program under the management of Bob Neville, with support from NISMO.

The driver line up in the Blancpain GT Series once again utilizes drivers from all areas of Nissan’s global motor sports family. After the success of Katsumasa Chiyo’s program in Europe, NISMO has assigned 23-year-old young Japanese star Mitsunori Takaboshi to continue his development program in the Pro class of Blancpain championship, teaming up with highly experienced Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordóñez.

The 2015 GT Academy winners from the International competition (Australian winner Matt Simmons) and GT Academy Europe (French winner Romain Sarazin) will join Sean Walkinshaw, who joins the team after impressive displays in 2015.

Super Gt Gt300
NISMO will continue to provide technical assistance and ongoing vehicle supply to customer teams competing with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the GT300 class of SUPER GT. NDDP Racing, aimed at the development of young drivers, will enter in GT300 with NISMO Athlete Jann Mardenborough who is making a move to Japan to join the team, alongside Kazuki Hoshino.

Super Taikyu Series (St-X Class)
NISMO will provide technical assistance to customer teams competing with the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Super Taikyu Series ST-X class. In this class, the collaboration team of KONDO Racing and the Nissan Technical College continues to field the ThreeBond Nissan Technical College GT-R. Continuing for its fifth year, the program uniquely forms part of the students’ educational program, connecting formal education and motor sports.

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