Wolfgang Reip Becomes Blancpain Endurance Series Champion
On 20 September (Local Time) at the Nürburgring circuit, Germany, the final round of the Blancpain Endurance Series was held, and the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 (Car #23) of the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN achieved 3rd place overall. As a result, its 3 drivers, including 2012 GT Academy European Champion Wolfgang Reip, Katsumasa Chiyo and Alex Buncombe, reached the top of the driver’s leaderboard, winning the title for the 2015 season.
Car #23 started the 3-hours final race in the front row. Passing the baton from Chiyo, Wolfgang, and then to Alex, they chased the McLaren car #58 in the lead. With 10 minutes remaining in the race Bentley’s car #7, going for a team title victory, managed to pass them, but they kept Audi’s car #1 at bay and finished in 3rd place. Gaining 15 points for the driver’s title, the three men were confirmed as the series champions.
This year, the GT Academy team challenged the most difficult PRO class category in the Blancpain Endurance Series. The team managed to achieve impressive results despite the difficult challenge, and gained the ultimate crown. Meanwhile, the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 car #22 driven by Gaëtan Paletou, Ricardo Sánchez and Harry Tincknell in the Pro-Am class, set the fastest lap time for its class in the second session of qualifying, but unfortunately retired out of the final race.