Nissan GT-R conquers mount panorama once again

Nissan GT-R conquers mount panorama once again

The Nissan GT-R has scored a back to back victory in the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour.

After a race full of drama and crashes, Japanese driver Katsumasa Chiyo passed two cars on the penultimate lap to secure the win for the NISMO Athlete Global Team.

The victory for Chiyo and GT Academy winners Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss is the first time that the Nissan GT-R has won at Mount Panorama since the GT-R took back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 and 1992.

The crowd at the top of the Mount Panorama roared as Chiyo put the Nissan into the lead.

Earlier the car was damaged in a qualifying crash on Saturday, with repairs to the #35 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 only completed at 4:30am local time on Sunday morning.

Strauss was ecstatic about the victory, as he was a late recruit to the event when Alex Buncombe was unable to attend the event due to the birth of his first child. Strauss has only been a racing driver for 18 months following his win in GT Academy in 2013.

“The car is very good, it is very strong on the straight. I tried to imagine, it was just amazing, we couldn’t know what would happen in this race, but we just tried our best in the moment and then I had a chance in the final restart. It was just awesome. The car was amazing, and so was the team,” he says.

“It was a crazy day, it was an amazing outcome,” says Nissan Australia chief executive Richard Emery.

“The team worked hard to get the car right for today, and they’ve got the fruits of their hard work.

“This race is part of Nissan’s global program, and it is important for Australia to be part of that. You’ve got unique and innovative programs with the way the drivers come through the GT Academy system, and GT-R has always been known for its innovation, and in a few months time, we’ll be going to Le Mans with an innovative car.

“It’s really great that our programme is part of the global effort.”

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