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NISMO Prepares to Return to Victory in Bathurst 12hr

 Nissan will once again compete in the  Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour race  next weekend Feb 3-5
Entering the classic GT endurance race with two cars, Nissan has selected 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour winner Katsumasa Chiyo, experienced Bathurst campaigner Alex Buncombe, and local gun Michael Caruso to drive the #23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3. Fellow 2015 race winner Florian Strauss will be joined by  Jann Mardenborough and Todd Kelly in car #24.
Japanese star Chiyo has been one of the most popular drivers at the race in recent years, with his on-track flair and his off-track personality proving a winner with the fans.
Chiyo's co-drivers, Buncombe and Caruso, will prove to be one of the fastest line-ups in the competitive 61-car field.
The #24 car sees 2005 Bathurst 1000 winner Todd Kelly joined by two GT Academy stars that have made the most of their "gamer to racer" status. Strauss needs no introduction to Bathurst having finished first and second in his two attempts (2015 and 2016).
Mardenborough is regarded as one of the best GT Academy talents to filter through the system and starred in his first season in Japan last year in Super GT and Formula 3; he will be one to watch as he makes his Mount Panorama debut.
The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 has been a dominant global performer in recent years, having tasted championship success in both Europe and Japan and as well as winning races in Australia and the U.S.
The 2017 "once-around-the-clock" race will be the fourth-straight year that Nissan has entered the race with a fully fledged factory effort. In 2014, Alex Buncombe, Wolfgang Reip, Rick Kelly and Katsumasa Chiyo failed to finish after Chiyo was involved in an early morning incident at the top of the mountain.
Vowing to make amends, Chiyo, Reip and Florian Strauss made international headlines with victory in 2015, defeating a strong line-up of international and local competitors.
Last year, Chiyo, Rick Kelly and Florian Strauss went within a whisker of repeating the feat, finishing second to the McLaren entry.
The 2017 Nissan entry marks the first time that the manufacturer has entered two cars in the race. The two GT-R NISMO GT3s will be prepared by a combination of engineers, mechanics and staff from Japanese-based NISMO International, Team RJN from the UK and the local Nissan Motorsport Supercars team.


I won't miss that.  Thanks for the post.


Any idea why NISSAN hasn't made a MY2017 "refresh" on the GT3/GT300 cars and only on the GT500?

Any idea why NISSAN hasn't made a MY2017 "refresh" on the GT3/GT300 cars and only on the GT500?

I was wondering the same

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  so thats a  good question and I might be wrong here but  I  "think"  I read that these cars are last years Bathurst cars that were bought by Nissan Australia.  im anticipating a true 2017 factory refresh to indeed be introduced before the  official Blancpan GT3 season

oh by the way  one of the Always Evolving cars will be in this race too. they have  2016 spec cars im pretty sure



and two additional privateer GTRs which are actually the old spec Always Evolving cars will be there too






this is common practice to sale off the previous cars  I posted about it last summer.  






 now im thinking this is the buying of cars im thinking about so Im not sure why the two factory efforts dont have  front fascias that mimic the 2017.   but the  2017 NISMO is based off Aero improvements on the GT500

Watch Here Feb 4th


Two years ago ended with one of the greatest moments in all of GTR racing History NISMO's version of the famous  "Pass in the Grass"  The GTR then went on to  finish runner up last year.  Tune in to see what happens this year!





Will be watching. Looking forward to seeing how the boys do this year.

schedule added to first post

Live Timing  Practice 2  is underway



NISMO TV Preview Show


#24 had an incident during practice



Looks like she might be tweaked a little bit. I do like the color scheme on this car.


Chiyo just went  P4 in  Practice 3   1.2 secs off the leader.  focus is to get in the top 10 shootout race

Nice, they get the #24 back togther?

it wasnt fixed last night and sat out practice  4 but qualifying is tonight at  6:40pm EST and it should be back for that




On Board  Lap for  #24



#24 is back on track

Damn #23 crashed

they said right front is broken. if this keeps them out of qualifying the weekend is over for them before it even starts.  that was a top 5 quali car.  if it starts toward the back it isnt making up that ground even of 12hrs

Yeah not sure they can fix it quickly enough. That is disappointing. What were the #24 times? Don't think it was top 10.

looks like 19th with a  2:06.2     # 23   was running 2.04.1s   but  im not sure #24 had the entire session

Just said the #23 is close to being ready

#23 is out!

He was caught in traffic his first hot lap and ran a 2:09. Probably got 3 more tries