08 March 2013

Nissan GT Academy winners get FIA GT Series seats

Five winners of the Nissan GT Academy will team up for an attack on this year’s new-look FIA GT Series. The Nissan GT Academy was created with the objective of taking a PlayStation gamer and putting him on the international sportscar grid.

The British RJN squad will enter a pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s in the FIA GT Series for the original GT Academy winner, Lucas Ordonez, and the four drivers who were selected in the 2012 contests.

Ordonez, will drive in the Pro-Am class of the FIA GT Series, along with Alex Buncombe, brother of Chris. A second Nissan GT Academy Team RJN entry will be campaigned by the fourth winner of the European Academy, Wolfgang Reip from Belgium, and Russian newcomer, Mark Shulzhitskiy.

The Nissan line-ups will be added to for the Blancpain Endurance Series by the winners of the US and German Academies, Steve Doherty and Peter Pyzera respectively.

Speaking about the announcement Darren Cox, Nissan’s global motorsport director and the architect of the Academy programme, said: ““GT Academy continues to push the boundaries. Such is the confidence we have in the skill of the drivers we have discovered through GT Academy we have committed to an all-gamer line-up racing in the full FIA GT and Blancpain series. It will be great to see the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 cars racing at many of the world’s best circuits in premier European GT Championships, alongside all the other top marques. With the coming of the GT-R Nismo road car, Nismo will create the ultimate GT-R for the road, and what better place to develop technology than on the race track. These are exciting times for us.”

The first round of the 2013 FIA GT Series takes place at Nogaro on Easter weekend - 31st March and 1st April.

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