Nissan Motorsport has just completed one of its biggest weekends of 2013. The #NISMObigweekender saw the launch of the 2014 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 Super GT car in Japan and the Super GT debut of the original GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez.
Round 5 of the 2013 Autobacs SUPER GT, the "42nd International Pokka Sapporo 1000km" (also known as the Suzuka 1000kms), will be held on August 17th and 18th at Suzuka Circuit, in Mie Prefecture. Since the first running of the event back in 1966, the Suzuka 1000kms has been honored as Japan's most storied, classic race.
NISMO Global Exchange driver Lucas Ordonez had a most auspicious inauguration to his Japanese racing career when he scored the fifth quickest time in class on the second day of the SUPER GT test at Suzuka Circuit on July 19-20.
On Sunday, the Malaysian round and third race of the 2013 SUPER GT series took place at Sepang International Circuit, situated on the outskirts of the country's capital, Kuala Lumpur. Starting from pole position, the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Joao Paolo de Oliveira) dominated the race, earning the first victory of the season for the Nissan GT-R.
Every year the ritual is repeated. All winter the cars have been improved and tested. One step remains before they are sent out to the first race of the Super GT season. They must be blessed. To win another championship the NISMO drivers and engineers need more than just skill and dedication, they need the gods on their side.