Nissan has been hard at work preparing for this weekend’s Dubai 24-Hour race, taking place on the 4.8-mile Dubai Autodrome circuit. Here’s an update on its three cars that will be participating in the race:
The number 32 Nissan GT-R GT3 racecar has qualified for third on the grid with the first two spots occupied by Ferraris. The team of drivers includes Michael Krumm, Alex Buncombe, Tom Kimber-Smith, and Franck Mailleaux.
“We had a tough start today as we had a few problems with the car but the guys did a great job to get it ready for qualifying,” said Krumm, who will be the first to pilot the GT-R. “The car worked very well and I am very impressed with the engine in particular. I love the GT-R and I love it even more now. We just need to keep it all together for the long race tomorrow.”
In addition, a Nissan 370Z will be driven by new and past graduates of the Playstation/GT Academy. Newly minted race drivers Jann Mardenborough and Bryan Heikotter will be joined by veterans Lucas Ordonez and Jordan Tresson. Together they make up the “All-Gamer” team and will be starting fourth on the grid in the SP2 class.
“We had a good session and I am happy with the balance of the car,” said Ordonez. “It will be important for us to keep the front left tire safe here as it comes under a lot of stress. Everything is good and I’m excited to be here as the first GT Academy winner, competing alongside Jordan, Jann and Bryan. Finally, a third 370Z will be driven by the JRM team and will start second on the grid in the SP3 class.