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Three Seasons In A Day For Nissan
Posted by: newsla on Apr 15, 2014 - 04:13 PM
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Three Seasons In A Day For Nissan

Nissan’s festival of motorsport gets underway this weekend with simultaneous events at Silverstone and Oulton Park kicking off three championship seasons.


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Silverstone hosts the opening rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) where the NISMO-tuned Nissan VK45DE engine is the power plant of choice. In the World Endurance Championship every LM P2 car is powered by Nissan while in ELMS nine of the 12 LM P2 cars benefits from the Nissan engine.

The races at Silverstone are a great opportunity for the LM P2 teams to check they are on course for a good run at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June. Nissan will power 14 of the 17 LM P2 cars at Le Mans, along with running Nissan ZEOD RC, Nissan’s revolutionary electric prototype, which debuts at Le Mans this year.

Nissan returns to the British GT Championship in 2014 with the No.80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, run by Nissan GT Academy Team RJN. This is the entry that grabbed the headlines last week when it was announced that Olympian Sir Chris Hoy has joined the team and, via Nissan’s driver development programme, is on the road to fulfilling his dream of racing at Le Mans in the future. Chris’ team-mate in British GT is Nissan regular Alex Buncombe.

“We had a great year in British GT in 2012 and came very close to winning the championship,” said Buncombe. “The GT-R has taken a big step forward since 2012 so we should be in with a good shot this year. I tested with Chris (Hoy) recently and I was impressed with his pace. He listens to me and is willing to learn so I think we are going to make a really good team. I hope we can deliver some top results this year.”

The Nissan Juke-R also returns to the British GT Championship this year, taking the role of Official Safety Car for the series. Nissan’s innovative Juke-R is the world's fastest crossover, combining the power and handling of the legendary GT-R with the bold design of the Juke. Juke-R’s 485bhp V6 twin turbo engine will power the Safety Car from 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds making it the ideal vehicle to get ahead of the pack in British GT.

By the end of this weekend all of the runners in WEC, ELMS and British GT will know if they have what it takes to be winners in 2014.

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