Mark Shulzhitskiy

2012 Russia
Mark Shulzhitskiy
Born : 11 July 1989
Hometown / Resides : Vladivostok, Russia / Vladivostok, Russia
Achievements
2012 Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy Russia Winner
2013 Dubai 24 Hours, 2nd Place in SP3 Class
2013 Blancpain Endurance Series, 2nd Place in Pro-Am Class at Paul Ricard
2014 European Le Mans Series, competed with Greaves Motorsport
2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, competed with Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3
2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, Competing with OAK Racing
2014 Testing the Ligier JS P2 for Onroak Automotive
2015 Le Mans, raced in a Nissan GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car
2015 LMP3, 3rd Place at Imola

Profile

Mark Shulzhitskiy is the first winner of GT Academy Russia. After taking the top prize in August 2012 Mark joined Nissan’s intensive driver development programme where he honed his racing skills and took part in many domestic races in order to gain his international race licence. The GT Academy graduates may not have come through the traditional racing ladder but they serve their apprenticeship at some cold and wet race tracks during the development programme!

Mark’s prize for winning GT Academy was a drive at the Dubai 24 Hours in January 2013 and it soon became apparent that all of his hard work on the driver development programme had turned him into a good professional racing driver. Along with his team mates Lucas Ordonez, Wolfgang Reip and fellow Russian Roman Rusinov, Mark raced to a commendable second place in class on his international debut.

Mark was then selected to become a NISMO Athlete and race a Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 car in the FIA GT and Blancpain Endurance Series. Just three races into the Blancpain season Mark scored his first podium finish with a brilliant second place at Paul Ricard.

2013 was also the year that Nissan launched the Nismo Global Driver Exchange, a programme that gives Nissan’s roster of racing drivers opportunities to race all over the world. Mark’s first exchange drive was the MMER 12-hour race at the Sepang International Circuit in Kuala Lumpur and he also made his LMP2 debut at the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Recent News
Last Update: Feb 08, 2016
Florian Strauss Achieves 2nd Place in the Australian Bathurst 12 Hour Race
GT Academy
Florian Strauss (2013 GT Academy Germany Champion) of the NISMO Athlete Global Team placed 2nd in the famous “Bathurst 12 Hour" race held on 8 February at the Mount Panorama Circuit, Australia. Following up on his overall victory last year, he stood once again on the podium for this race. The drive...
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Last Update: Oct 22, 2015
GT Academy Graduates Outperform in the European Le Mans and All Japan F3
GT Academy
On the 18th of October (Local time), the final round of the European Le Mans series (ELMS) was held at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal, and the 2014 European GT Academy Champion Gaëtan Paletou achieved his first victory in the LMP3 class. Gaëtan has driven the Team LNT Ginetta Nissan #2 car this ye...
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