FIA GT: 2010 GT1 Nissan GT-R GT1 Podium Finish at the 24hrs of Spa

July 27th, 2009

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A great result for the 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R in it’s biggest test to date in the FIA GT championship season of 2009 – the 24hrs of Spa endurance race in Belgium this weekend. The 2010 GT1 specification GT-R is a significant change over the current season’s GT1 specification and has more weight and less power to get the job done.

The GT-R began the race from 8th position on the grid, already a great achievement and finished 13th overall and 3rd in the GT1 class overall. Of the 2010 GT1 specification cars entered in the race, the GT-R was 1st place.

Overnight the team was battling it out maintaining 4th – 5th position overall and was seriously considering an overall podium place, a mammoth achievement. It wasn’t to be however when the car had a mechanical issue around 6:30am leading to a 90 minute pitstop which cost them 15 positions.

They re-entered the field in 19th spot and clawed back those places without further mechanical troubles.

“Not one of the drivers made a single mistake throughout the 24 hours, and that is something really special, especially in such tricky conditions. We had oil on the track, we had water when we were on slicks, we had all sorts of changing weather. It was slightly disappointing that we missed an overall podium – but if you’d told me before the race that we’d be in with a chance, I’d have said, ‘Come on, that’s not realistic.’ I am really proud that we finished and I’m much more relaxed now about the NISSAN GT-R’s final race of the season, at Zolder. Spa was the main test for us, and we now know we can last 24 hours!”

Michael Krumm, Nismo

In further GT1 GT-R news, the team has announced the previously undisclosed final race for the 2009 development season will be on the 25th October 2009 for round 8 at Zolder in Brussels.

You can read the entire press release from Nismo after the jump. More GT-R specific photos hopefully to come from Nismo / Nissan in the coming week.

Images: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

Spa Francorchamps, Belgium (26th July, 2009)

The all-new NISSAN GT-R race car driven by Michael Krumm (GER), Darren Turner (UK), and Anthony Davidson (UK) came through its biggest challenge of the year with flying colours this weekend, 25-26 July, when it tackled the fiercely demanding Spa 24 Hours. Built to the 2010 FIA GT1 technical regulations, and taking part in selected rounds of the 2009 Championship as part of its development year, NISSAN Motorsports entered #35 NISSAN GT-R qualified an impressive 8th position on the grid and finished 13th overall, 3rd in GT1 class – having run in 4th and 5th place overall for a full five hours during the night.

The car’s 13th position meant it was the highest-placed car running to the 2010 FIA GT1 specifications – and it also took third in the GT1 class. Had it not been for the drivetrain problems at around 6.30am, which cost the team more than 15 places and at least one and a half hours in the pits to replace the necessary components, an overall podium finish would have been a real possibility. But once the car was back out on track at around 8.15am, the NISSAN GT-R continued to perform strongly, pulling itself back up the running order from 19th to 15th place.

Other than this one technical problem, the entire 24-hour race ran smoothly for the NISSAN GT-R, with neither the drivers, nor the team, making a single mistake. While losing an overall podium finish is a little disappointing, the team is delighted to have finished a 24-hour race at the car’s first attempt.

The accomplishment at the Spa 24 Hours was a joint effort by NISMO, Gigawave MotorSport and three drivers. Following further development, the NISMO / Gigawave MotorSport team plans to participate in the FIA GT race at Zolder in October.

Michael Krumm
“Not one of the drivers made a single mistake throughout the 24 hours, and that is something really special, especially in such tricky conditions. We had oil on the track, we had water when we were on slicks, we had all sorts of changing weather. It was slightly disappointing that we missed an overall podium – but if you’d told me before the race that we’d be in with a chance, I’d have said, ‘Come on, that’s not realistic.’ I am really proud that we finished and I’m much more relaxed now about the NISSAN GT-R’s final race of the season, at Zolder. Spa was the main test for us, and we now know we can last 24 hours!”

Darren Turner
“The team has done a cracking job and I think they should be very proud of what’s been achieved this weekend. Normally, it’s quite common for teams to do a 30-hour test prior to the event and to put as much mileage on the car as possible. But NISMO and Gigawave MotorSport have been brave and done this testing in a public domain, in the heat of competition, which adds a lot of pressure. The fact that the NISSAN GT-R has finished the Spa 24 Hours at the first attempt, it’s a real credit to the car.”

Anthony Davidson
“It’s never easy running a new car for 24 hours and the team has done an outstanding job to get it to the finish. Aside from one technical issue, everything ran like clockwork. I’ve really enjoyed being here, racing with the NISMO and Gigawave MotorSport team, and my team-mates have been fantastic. We really gelled. As for the car, reliability seems good. The NISSAN GT-R’s engine, in particular, has proven to be extremely robust. All three drivers have given it death over the weekend and it’s hung on in there!”

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  1. lenny
    | #1

    This proves GTR can do well in the international GT race….
    Can’t wait for 2010 season of FIA GT

  2. Glen
    | #2

    With more weigth and less power that’s great for nissan, and the finish first of all 2010 specification cars on the track. That would give the drivers and team some confident for 2010. I watch the race the drivers really look like the wore enjoying themself on the track good job guys.

  3. Popular
    | #3

    I think this really great nissan dosen’t get points from this race cause it 2010 car, And they finish first to all other 2010 cars so i think they’re ready for 2010. I’ll be there i really wanna see this car on the track. I mad they had the tech problem cause i think they would of finish higher overall.

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