The Nurburgring Nordschleife and the Nissan GT-R go together like nuts and bolts, but this weekend is especially significant for the Japanese manufacturer at the hallowed ‘Green Hell’ because it’s the first Nissan/Nismo-backed assault on the Nurburgring 24 Hour in recent years.
The diverse team of all-star international drivers competing in the fastest GT3 class – in Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s – includes the likes of Nick Heidfeld and GT Academy winners, Florian Strauss, Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe. This team will race the No.80 GT3, which commemorates Nissan’s 80th birthday.
German ex-Formula 1 racer Nick Heidfeld has lots of experience at the Nordschleife and Lucas Ordonez already has a Nurburgring 24 Hours class win under his belt, but never before in the top GT3 class.
Michael Krumm was the man behind the wheel of the new Nissan GT-R Nismo road car (with track options) when it completed a lap of the Nordschleife in just 7min 8.67sec, and he’ll be joined by Kazuki Hoshino, Katsumasa Chiyo and Tetsuya Tanaka in sharing the No.30 Nismo GT3. The number 30 honours Nismo’s 30th anniversary.
Finally, a third car will be entered by the creator of Gran Turismo, Kazanori Yamauchi, and the 2009 winner of GT Academy, Jordan Tresson.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 car has undergone significant development in the VLN Series and Nismo are confident the hard work will pay dividends in arguably the most demanding 24-hour race in the world. The 2014 Nurburgring 24 Hour will start on Saturday at 4pm.