On February 12, Nissan Motor Corporation and Nismo unveiled their plan for their Motor Sports activities in 2015. To start off, they revealed their lineup for this season’s Super GT series.
Similar to last year, four units of the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT500 will participate this season in the GT500 class of the Super GT series. The drivers lineup was almost the same as last year’s as well. The drivers who stayed include Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli from the Nismo team, aiming for consecutive championships. As for the changes this season, Daiki Sasaki from Kondo Racing led by the team manager Masahiko Kondo will be teaming up with Lucas Ordonez for the first three races, and with Michael Krumm for the remaining five races. Thus 7.5 racers among the four teams with 8 racers will be staying for this season.
2015 Nissan GT500 Race Lineup
#1 Tsugio Matsuda and R. Quitarelli (NISMO/MI)
#12 Hironobu Yasuda and JP de Oliveira (IMPUL/BS)
#24 L.Ordonez or M. Krumm and Daiki Sasaki (KONDO/YH)
#46 Satoshi Motoyama and Masataka Yanagida (MOLA/MI)
â€» The numbers are their racing numbers
In parentheses are teams/tires
MI=Michelin, BS=Bridgestone, YH=Yokohama
Regarding Krumm, Nissan has also announced that he will be added as one of the expected drivers for Nissan’s factory team competing in the LMP1 class of WEC/24-hours of Le Mans this season. They further revealed that Krumm will miss the first three races in the Super GT as he will be concentrating and focusing on the development of the vehicle for WEC in the season’s first half. Ordonez will be participating with the #24 GT-R in the first three races of Super GT. He is a racing game-born racer and has been an active racer; he drove the GT-R in the GT300 class last year. His success in the GT500 is also highly expected.
In addition, Ordonez and Jann Mardenborough have also been added as expected drivers for the Le Mans as well. (Mardenborough and Ordonez are both racing game-born racers) With this, seven racers, among the nine expected drivers, for Nissan’s team in the LMP1 class during the Le Mans race have been revealed. Based on previous reports, the four people expected to be participating other than Krumm are Matsuda, Harry Tincknell, Oliver Pla, and Marc GenÃ©. Regarding the basic race lineup of the WEC, details seem to be consistent as the previous report. They plan to have a total of three units, two for the entire race and 1 additional unit for the Le Mans race. The driver combination will be announced in the future. However, at present, Mardenborough will participate fully in the WEC and Ordonez will ride the third unit in the Le mans similar to Matsuda.
They decided to appoint Mitsunori Takaboshi, who was third place in last year’s All Japan F3 Championship as the new partner of Kazuki Hoshina for the #3 GT-R (NDDP racing with B-MAA/YH) of the GT300 in the Super GT series. In addition, they also decided that Katsumasa Chiyo will participate in the GT-R at the European Blancpain Endurance series following last year. (Teams is GT Academy Team RJN). RJN and Nismo’s joint team will also participate with two units of GT-R in the 24-hour of Nurburgring race. Among them, one unit will be driven by Krumm, Ordonez, Hoshino, and Chiyo.
This season, Nissan/Nismo is expanding their activities in the proactive motor sports including the Super GT. (Super GT will open at Okayama International Circuit for the finals on April 5).
(Translated by Natassia Jeronne D. Martinez)