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JRM delivers first three Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s
JR Motorsports is pleased to announce that it has delivered three Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s during the past ten-days. The first of these brand-new cars was handed over to RJN Motorsport in March, the second went to Schulze Motorsport in Germany and the third was handed over today to JMH Motorsport at Oulton Park.
The Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 is a joint development between NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.) and JRM (JR Motorsports), who are responsible for manufacturing, production and sales in Europe, Russia and the Middle East. Cars destined for these territories will be produced by JRM at their Daventry technical facility, with each one built to order and to customer specifications.
"The delivery of this first batch of three cars represents the culmination of eighteen months development, testing, engineering and manufacturing", said JRM Managing Director Andy Barnes. "We are delighted to have supplied the final specification cars to our first customers in advance of the 2012 season and we look forward to seeing them in action and fighting for podiums, which is where we fully expect them to be."
#001: RJN Motorsport
The first Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 off the production line was delivered to RJN Motorsport - the team responsible for running the winners of the Nissan Playstation GT Academy. The car will enter this year's Blancpain Endurance series - which features six races in Europe - with drivers Alex Buncombe, Chris Ward and winner of Nissan's GT Academy in 2011 Jann Mardenborough.
The RJN car's first competitive outing will be this weekend, when Buncombe and Mardenborough take part in the opening round of the British GT Championship at Oulton Park, the team using the event as a shake-down for the season ahead.

Team Principal Bob Neville:
"We have raced Nissans for the past 12-years and, after previously running a 370Z in the GT4 class, it made sense to move up to GT3 this year as this has now become the most popular and competitive category in the sport. Therefore, having the GT3 GT-R available for this season is perfect timing - plus it gives us the chance to fight for outright wins."
#002: Schulze Motorsport
Leipzig-based Schulze Motorsport tested its car at Silverstone in March, a week before it was delivered to Germany. They were the first customer team to use a JRM-built Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in competition, when brothers Tobias and Michael Schulze contested the first round of the ADAC GT Masters at Oschersleben last weekend.

Team Principal Wolfram Schulze:
"Being a Nissan dealer first and a race team second, it made perfect sense for us to buy the GT3 GT-R. Racing a car like this is a completely new experience for all of our team and therefore we still have a lot to learn about it. It's a good package and I am sure that as we become more familiar with the car, we will be able to achieve better and better results."
#003: JMH Automotive
The third car out of JRM's workshops was delivered this week to reigning GT Cup Champions JMH Automotive and makes its public appearance this weekend at Oulton Park. Driven by brothers Benji and Freddie Hetherington, the team will contest this year's Avon Tyres British GT Championship and the campaign starts this weekend at Oulton Park.

Team Principal Ian Hetherington:
"We chose the Nissan over other GT3 cars currently available because of the clear commitment shown by JRM and Nismo towards GT racing and the quality of the product - a fact that was confirmed by their success in the FIA GT1 World Championship last year. We therefore see our association with them as an important part of our team's future. Following a highly-successful test with the GT3 car earlier this week, we think it will be quick straight out of the box and believe it has the potential to take us to the front of the British GT Championship field."
JRM will make further announcements regarding the supply of cars to customer teams as the year progresses.





 

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12th April 2012

Faultless performance first time out for JRM Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s
Avon Tyres British GT Championship Rounds one and two
Oulton Park - 9th April 2012
In the hands of customer teams RJN Motorsport and JMH Automotive, both JR Motorsports-built Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3s ran faultlessly throughout the Avon Tyres British GT Championship Easter weekend meeting at Oulton Park. Monday's two one-hour races saw drivers Alex Buncombe and Jann Mardenborough finish fifth and 11th respectively in the RJN car, whilst brothers Benji and Freddie Hetherington finished eighth and seventh in the JMH GT-R.
The past month saw RJN Motorsport take delivery of the first customer Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 manufactured by JRM. Chassis number two was delivered to Schulze Motorsport in Germany two weeks ago, with JMH Automotive acquiring the third. With the opening rounds of the British GT series witnessing the first competitive outings for #001 and #003, JRM's engineers were in attendance all weekend to provide the two teams technical support.
The cars had their initial taste of the Oulton Park asphalt on Friday for two one-hour practice sessions and, other than set up changes, both ran without any issues - straight out of the box. Two 15-minute qualifying sessions followed in the afternoon, resulting in the RJN car starting P4 and P11 for the two races and the JMH car P9 and P15.
With rain forecast for race-day, JRM helped both teams set up their cars for a wet track and impressively, in Monday morning's warm-up, the time sheets showed the Nissans first and second overall by over 0.5 second ahead of the rest of the British GT field!
A clean start in race one by both teams saw them maintain their start positions of fourth and ninth, the drivers reporting they were very pleased with the wet-weather set up and the GT-R was handling extremely well in the slippery conditions. In fact, at one point the RJN car ran as high as third, but as grip levels continued to reduce, positions throughout the field changed.
As other teams had problems, both Nissans ran perfectly for the hour-long race and, added to this, the drivers kept out of trouble. This resulted in the RJN Nissan crossing the finish line in fifth and the JMH car eighth, confirming an extremely promising first competitive outing for the two JRM-built GT-Rs.
As the British GT grid lined up for race two, the rain fell even harder. Confident with their car's set-up for the conditions, all four drivers felt that they could make up places, which is exactly what they did.
Unfortunately for the RJN team, a problem with the left rear tyre after five laps resulted in a pit stop. But, once the wheel was changed, the car rejoined the race and resumed its previous pace.
Now running outside the top-20 and amongst slower cars, the RJN GT-R began to catch and pass competitors ahead of it and, after a determined performance by both Buncombe and Mardenborough, it, crossed the line in 11th place.
Another excellent run by the JMH team saw their car as high as sixth at one point. But a chaotic pit lane during the stops meant that the Hetherington brothers did exceptionally well to claim seventh.
For JRM it was a very satisfying few days, with both cars performing faultlessly during practice, qualifying and the two races. The RJN team now prepare for the opening round of the Blancpain Endurance Series at Monza next weekend, whilst JMH will contest round two of the British GT Championship at Nürburgring on 17th May.
 
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