Always Evolving/AIM Autosport Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 driver James Davison pulled out a stunning drive to fourth place on the streets of Long Beach today in the latest Pirelli World Challenge round. After only qualifying 11th fastest, Davison made a charging start to be seventh after the opening lap. He again made the most of restarts after the first yellow flag and made further progress to move to fifth place.
Nissan's Alex Buncombe was part of the driver line-up that triumphed in last year's Blancpain Endurance Series, but this week the Englishman is eagerly awaiting the return of the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 to the Blancpain Sprint Series at Misano in Italy. For 2016, Nissan will contest both the Endurance and Sprint rounds of the Blancpain GT Series with the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli staging the opening sprint event before the teams return to Italy two weeks later for the first endurance race at Monza.
NISMO has triumphed in four of the past five Super GT GT500 championship battles and now Nissan has its sights set on repeating its winning ways when the 2016 championship kicks off this weekend in Okayama, Japan. Last year's championship victory by Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli was their second consecutive title win and Quintarelli's fourth in total (he won with Masataka Yanagida in 2011 and 2012).
Rick Kelly was the shining star for Nissan Motorsports in Australian V8 Supercar competition on the weekend, scoring a top four finish on Saturday before brake issues struck on Sunday at Symmons Plains Raceway in Tasmania. Kelly was on track for a repeat strong performance during the 200km Sunday event. After qualifying 12th, an early pit stop leapt the #15 Sengled Racing Altima into the top four, a position which he maintained for most of the race until the brake issue (broken rotor) forced his retirement.
After 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.
At the Montreal International Auto Show last week in Canada, Nissan announced the 2016 race calendar for the Nissan Micra Cup's second season. Launched exclusively in the province of Quebec last year, the Nissan Micra Cup will expand to Ontario in 2016 with one race weekend at Calabogie Motorsports Park in May, and two race weekends at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in July and September respectively.
Nissan has confirmed the driver line-up for its Bathurst 12 Hour defense, with former V8 Supercars champion Rick Kelly to partner 2015 winners Katsumasa Chiyo and GT Academy winner Florian Strauss at the endurance classic on February 5-7, 2016.
In this exclusive video, ride with GT Academy champion and Nissan NISMO Athlete Lucas Ordóñez in his D'Station Nissan GT-R GT500 Super GT race car – filmed at NISMO Festival 2015. Watch Ordóñez fly past everything from buses and Japan-market Nissan Notes, to the GT-R GT3, RCK90 and R34 race cars.