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Third Annual GT-R Nationals Event September 24th – 26th

September 8, 2010 Comments off

Held annually in co-operation with the Z Nationals even, this road course, drag race, car show, and banquet event draws hundreds of Z, GT-R, and G cars each year to the Talladega/Atlanta area, along with GT-R and Z program representatives from Nissan North America. GT-R owners have came from as far away as Wisconsin, South Dakota, Indiana, and Z owners came from the United Kingdom and Jamaica.

As in past years, SpeedForSale, co-founder of the event, will also attend the event giving free technical advice and support to GT-R owners at each venue. They will also be offering over $7,000 worth of GT-R parts prizes and raffles!

For this year, the schedule for the weekend looks like this:

  • Friday, September 24 at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway for the road course event. Free instructors are provided if needed. Dinner afterward.
  • Saturday the 25th at Z1 Motorsports for the car show, dyno shootout, and vendor booths. Dinner banquet, awards, and late party afterward.
  • Sunday the 26th at Alabama International Raceway for 1/4 mile drag racing open sessions.

Of course sponsors such as Yokohama, GReddy, Garret, Tomei and more will also be there with booths and such. For more information I highly recommend heading over to the link below…

Link: GT-R Nationals Website

Super Taikyu 2010: Debut for Team Daishin’s NISMO GT-R RC ST1 Spec Nissan GT-R at Okayama

September 5, 2010 Comments off

NISMO have succeeded in spawning their first NISMO GT-R RC fielding race team with Team Daishin accepting the reins to their new R35 for the debut at round 5 of the Super Taikyu 2010 Championship series at Okayama Circuit, Japan.

The weekend started well for the team proving that the GT-R RC is already potent so early in it’s career as they managed to lap third fastest in qualifying and finishing third in the qualifying race behind the well established Petronas Z4M BMW cars.

Come race time however, hotter than expected track temperatures saw tire choices become critical. While the team was running strong in 3rd and 4th positions for most of the race, at lap 94 a front left tire blowout caused the GT-R to leave the track. While the team was able to make it back to pits, the time it cost was too great and they were forced to accept a 6th position in class finish (21st overall).

While the result is not the best the team is happy with the amount of data they collected on their debut outing and looks forward to the next round.

Source: Auto Sport Web
Link: Daishin Motorsports Website

QUIT Targa West 2010: Nissan GT-Rs Take Out Top Honors Again!

August 28, 2010 Comments off

For the third year running the Nissan GT-R has taken out top honors in Western Australia’s QUIT Targa West Tarmac rally as Peter Major scores the win in the Competition Modern class and outright first for 2010. His R35 GT-R sped him to a 51 second victory over tarmac legend Jim Richards in his formidable Porsche GT2 which finished second. A tough position for Richards though as he was sandwhiched in by another GT-R of Peter Rullo and Simon Iseppi who were just 25 seconds behind by the end of the rally in third place.

“We’re over the moon the car was fantastic it did everything we wanted it to do. It was great racing against Jimmy (Jim Richards), you know he’s going to come hard and no matter what he does he’s going to be fast. You never know how hard he’s pushing so we just tried to stay on it and stay as quick as we could, luckily we were able to keep that gap we gained in the first leg”

– Peter Major

Back in the Modern Challenge class the GT-R is also proving it’s the tarmac rally weapon of choice as Mark and Andrew Conacher took their R35 to a class victory while Robert Darrington and David Abetz in their R35 followed them up by just 1 minute. Both GT-R’s were 8.5 minutes in front of the nearest, third place competitor in the class.

Major victorious at QUIT Targa West 2010
Peter Major has won his first QUIT Targa West Competition Modern crown holding off Jim Richards to take the outright rally win in Perth today.

Major and his co-driver Kim Screaigh (Nissan GTR 35) took top spot on the timing sheets from Richards midway into Leg 1 and continued to stretch their advantage across the final two Leg’s of the tarmac rally, ultimately taking victory by 51 seconds.

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SuperGT 2010: NISMO Second on Podium for Suzuka 700 Enduro Round 6

August 25, 2010 Comments off

Team NISMO were able to recover from a potentially race ending spin to pull off a 2nd place finish for round 6 of the SuperGT Championship series of 2010 last weekend. On the scorching hot Suzuka Circuit, NISMO were able to use pit stops/driver changes effectively and take advantage of the cooling conditions as night came to push the GT-R into second place and keep it there.

Engine and drivetrain issues hampered the HIS ADVAN KONDO Racing and the CALSONIC IMPUL teams race efforts and both teams had to retire early from the race. A dissapointment for both teams, especially team IMPUL who had a good shot at moving up the championship ladder this week.

For the full race report hit up the read more link below…

Images: (C) NISMO

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FIA GT1 2010: Nissan GT-Rs at Spa Francochamps

August 13, 2010 Comments off

It was not a great round for the Nissan GT-R teams Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team but nontheless it was a great day for some stunning GT-R photos. Enjoy the photo gallery and full race report from Nissan below…

Heartbreak for Sumo Power GT at Spa

– FIA GT1 World Championship Round 5 Championship Race –
July 31st, Spa Francorchamps (Belgium)

The Sumo Power GT team came tantalisingly close to taking a second place finish in today’s FIA GT1 Championship race at Spa today but the No.23 Nissan GT-R retired just two minutes before the chequered flag fell. It would have been a huge achievement for Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm who had hauled themselves back from yesterday’s disappointing qualifying result.

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SuperGT 2010: Nissan GT-R Has Victory Snatched Away at SUGO

July 27, 2010 Comments off

In a solid display of skill by Benoit Treluyer at SUGO Sportsland, the #23 NISMO Motul Autech Nissan GT-R qualified best by almost half a second during Saturday’s Super Lap qualifying round to begin round 5 of the SuperGT 2010 Championships this weekend from pole position. A pace and energy that he managed to maintain in Sunday’s practice and on to Sunday’s final.

Remarkably Treluyer was in such amazing form that he had built up a 3 second lead on second position after just 1 racing lap and continued to pull away until finally handing the car over to teammate Satoshi Motoyama at the 50th lap. Motoyama returned to the lead after the stop, and while rain started to fall continued to battle strongly. At lap 74 with only 8 laps left, victory was felt to be almost certain.

That’s when it all came to a halt, literally as the #23 GT-R suddenly lost power with an electrical problem. Motoyama was able to start the car after a period of time but by that time the GT-R had already lost valuable time. NISMO finished the race in 6th place.

The day wasn’t so bad for underdogs team IMPUL Calsonic with their #12 GT-R weighed down with 66kgs of success ballast from last round’s win. They qualified in 6th place but managed to improve it to as high as 2nd throughout the race. In the end they finished an extremely respectable 4th place. Great work guys!

Finally, the HIS ADVAN Kondo Racing #24 GT-R also had an interesting run. While they only qualified in 11th, the race day performance of Hironobu Yasuda was what counted and he managed to improve their position to a 5th place finish.

For the full race report, hit up the red Read More link below…

Source: Nissan
Images: Copyright 2010 Nissan and NISMO

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FIA GT 2010: Sumo Power GT On Podium at Paul Ricard for Round 4!

July 4, 2010 Comments off

Another awesome weekend in GT racing as the Nissan GT-R team Sumo Power GT improve on their previous best results for a 2nd place finish for round for of the FIA GT World Championship’s 2010 season!

Sumo Power kicked off the round with a strong qualifying race on Saturday. Scoring a fifth place on the grid for qualifying, the #22 GT-R put in an amazing performance with each driver (Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes) setting the pace with the best laptimes. They went on to finish the qualifying race in third spot behind a Maserati MC12 and Lamborghini R-SV.

The #23 GT-R of Krumm and Dumbreck also started off with a solid grid spot (3rd place) for qualifying but elected to save their best rubber for the main race. The choice of old tires did little for their hopes of an amazing qualifying race and they ended up finishing qualifying in 9th.

The Swiss Racing Team GT-Rs were further back with a 12th and 21st place qualifying position. The #3 car in 21st due to a puncture during a hot lap while qualifying.

During Sunday’s final, the decision to save the new rubber for the #23 GT-R paid off in spades as they used the grip advantage to score an amazing 2nd place on the podium.

The #22 GT-R also raced extremely well reaching 2nd place at one point in the race. Unfortunately they were judged to go over the white line at one point of the track and suffer a drive through penalty placing them back to 18th in the pack. They fought well though and claimed a final 8th place points scoring finish as well as some epic racing moments.

Swiss Racing Team’s #3 GT-R managed to improve on their qualifying place even on their old rubber and finished overall in 15th spot. This race truly shows the importance of tire strategy especially in the hot conditions.

The SRT #4 GT-R suffered a gearbox issue which forced them to retire when 4th gear went on holidays.

For more info and to read the whole race report, click through the read more link below…

Link: Race Report
Photos: (C) NISMO and (C) DPPI for FIA GT

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Super Taikyu: NISMO GT-R RC Race Car Debut at Fuji Speedway

June 25, 2010 Comments off

Well today was the day that Nismo could finally let the finished R35 GT-R RC out of the bag so to speak in final demonstration livery. The GT-R RC is seen here as it is preparing for Sunday’s final race as it’s entered into the Super Taikyu round 4 as an ST-1 class competitor.

The car you see here is what customers will be able to buy from Nismo in the near future in a similar vein to the Fairlady Z NISMO 380RS-C. Nismo hopes to show off the GT-R’s pace this weekend in order to attract buyers and they certainly have the right drivers for it. Hopefully all goes well for the guys and we’ll bring the results as we get them.

For now enjoy this massive photo gallery of the all new Nismo GT-R RC…

Photos: (C) Nissan

STILLEN to Tackle the Spectre 341 Challenge Hillclimb

June 23, 2010 Comments off

Steve Millen and Team STILLEN are gunning for a record this weekend. A record that has stood since 2002 for the Highway 341 hillclimb challenge in Virginia City, Nevada. This normally public road will be shutdown so competitors can stretch their legs up it’s 22 turns, 5.2 miles and over 1,200 feet of elevation. The current record belongs to Amir Rosenbaum in his Ferrari F40 and is 3m10s, but Steve wants to smash that and break the 3minute mark with the help of his tarmac rally prepped Nissan GT-R.

The car has been tweaked a little since racing last and now sports the gamut of GReddy intake and cooling products including hard pipe kits and intercoolers. They’re also planning on running more boost for a bit more top end horsepower.

Good luck guys and we look forward to seeing you kicking some prancing horsetail this weekend…

Link: STILLEN Blog
Link: Spectre 341 Challenge Website

SuperGT 2010: Nissan GT-Rs Score Big in Sepang with 1-2 Victory

June 20, 2010 Comments off

After qualifying in pole position the #12 GT-R of team Calsonic IMPUL has taken a maximum points victory away from round 4 of the 2010 SuperGT Championships at Sepang Circuit in Malaysia. Team Nismo have also improved on their recent form after upgrading their third place qualifying with a second place final finish.

The Malaysian round of the SuperGT is always a hot one and this year was no different. Track temps were measured at around 43 degrees celsius. Rain was threatening but never eventuated leaving the competitors to tough it out in the hot dry conditions.

While the pole to win victory is sweet it didn’t come without incident and on lap 37 the #12 GT-R was actually given a tap by a rival #100 Honda HSV-010 and sent into a spin. While this created a opportunity for the HSV and the #23 Nismo GT-R to sneak past, both were handed drive through penalties leaving the way clear for the #12 GT-R to resume it’s position in front.

Congratulations to team Nismo and team IMPUL on their great victories this weekend. The win places team IMPUL in 4th position on the championship ladder while Nismo slides up into 9th. For a full race report, click the read more link below

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