Following a remarkable streak of international wins, Nissan is set to uphold its endurance racing success at the Bathurst 12 Hour next year.
Taking first place at the previous Bathurst 12 Hour set the standard for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3’s 2015 season. Since then, the team achieved various race wins globally and took championship victories in the Blancpain GT Endurace Series and the GT300 Super GT Championship.
“2015 was the first Bathurst win for the legendary Nissan GT-R since the back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 and 1992. While we respect the level of competition, it will naturally be our aim to emulate the feats of that era by getting another set of back-to-back wins,” said Nissan Australia Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery.
Nissan’s next venture at the legendary mountain will involve an all-new 2015 spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. Rather than displaying its longstanding #23 racing number, the new GT-R will brandish the #1 insignia to boast its status as a defending champ. Although the car was built by NISMO in Japan, the car will remain a permanent Australian resident following the race.
“We have worked closely with NISMO on bringing the strongest possible effort to Bathurst in 2016 and it’s great to confirm that the NISMO Athlete Global Team from Japan will return for the third consecutive year, with support from Nissan GT Academy Team RJN, the 2015 Blancpain GT Endurance Series champions in Europe, and our Nissan Motorsport V8 Supercars race team,” continued Emery.
Driver details for the #1 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 are yet to be confirmed, but we will keep you posted as more information arises.