Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd. (NISMO) welcomes Takao Katagiri to NISMO, where he takes up the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The company also congratulates Michael Carcamo on his new position as the Program Director.
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.
In his latest LinkedIn Influencer post, Renault-Nissan Alliance CEO Carlos Ghosn addresses the issue of "disruption" in the auto industry and competitors who promise a new approach to what a car can be.