Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Nissan | posted April 29, 2014 07:55
Nick Heidfeld to pilot one of the three GT-R NISMO GT3s
Nissan has just announced that together with NISMO they’ll be taking the GT-R to Nurburgring Nordschleife on June 21-22 with the intent of winning the 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hours. Despite being regarded as one of the most difficult and grueling endurance races, Nissan may have a leg up on everyone after a Nissan GT-R NISMO road car set the single lap record at 7 minutes 8.679 seconds.
In the No. 30 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which is commemorative of NISMO's 30 years, is the man who set the record; Michael Krumm and teammates Kazuki Hoshino, NISMO Global Exchange Driver Katsumasa Chiyo and 'Ring regular Tetsuya Tanaka.
"Driving a Nissan GT-R at the Nurburgring is pure pleasure. To have the opportunity to battle for top positions makes this year's race very special for me. I have been waiting for this opportunity for a few years now, and it looks like this could be the shot for a good position. The Nordschleife is the most challenging circuit in the world, and when you add rain and fog to the equation, things can get even more uncomfortable. I'm sure they will all do a great job, as everyone has been prepared by Nissan and NISMO very well” said Krumm.
No. 80 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3, which stands for the 80th anniversary of Nissan, is handled by GT Academy Germany Judge Nick Heidfeld along with the most recent GT Academy Germany winner, Florian Strauss and GT Academy graduates, Lucas Ordonez, and Alex Buncombe.
"I'm delighted to increase my involvement with Nissan from my judging role on the German GT Academy show to now also include racing the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 at the Nurburgring 24 Hours. To be teammates with Florian, who I helped select as the 2013 winner of the GT Academy competition, is quite incredible and is a great chance for me to continue the mentoring process with him at the Nordschleife. Together with Alex and Lucas, we will tackle one of the most beautiful and challenging circuits in the world," said Heidfeld.
The third Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 will be piloted by Gran Turismo creator Kazanori Yamauchi and the 2009 winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson.
"The Nurburgring 24 Hours is a special event for Nissan. To compete at the Nordschleife will be a very proud moment for everyone involved as we think about the long line of road specification GT-Rs and now the GT-R NISMO that have grown up there. It is important to show our fans and customers again that there is cross over between road cars and race car development at Nissan. There is no better evidence of that than the Japanese based NISMO engineers huge commitment to this global effort," said Darren Cox, Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, NISMO.