Nissan's GT-R has shown its mettle on the race track by snatching its maiden race win at Suzuka. The team, buoyed and confident, expects more wins as it believes the car can still offer more.
We all knew the Nissan GT-R was quite a talented animal, on and off the track. Now Nissan knows it too, after the XANAVI NISMO GT-R (#23) piloted by Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer took top honours at the Super GT series in Japan.
Said Motoyama: “Before the race we felt a bit of pressure to make a debut win for the GT-R but believed that we could win because the car was fantastic and the team had done a great job. Combination with Benoit was also very good and we proved to be the strongest pair. I’m really happy that we won the race in the GT-R’s very first race.”
The car, which shared front row from second spot with fellow GT-R MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#22) of Michael Krumm and Masataka Yanagida, was leading the race up until the middle stint where there was the usually driver and tyre change. At this point #22 put on harder compound rubber, which proved to be the wrong decision as #23 had opted for the softer tyre. With better grip, XANAVI NISMO GT-R hit the road and never looked back. The two cars came in at the chequered flag with a famous 1 – 2 finish, marking the beginning of a possible new era of GT-R dominance on Japan’s competitive tracks. Petronas Tom's Lexus SC430 came in third. Should other series competitors that GT-R plans to enter begin to look for work elsewhere?