Team GT Academy Takes the Overall Win and leads the Blancpain Endurance Series
On June 20th (local time) Round 3 of the Blancpain Endurance Series, the “Paul Ricard 1000 km” was held at the Paul Ricard circuit in France. The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 (#23/PRO Class) of the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN (Wolfgang Reip/Alex Buncombe/Katsumasa Chiyo) took the overall win which was the first time that a Nissan car has achieved an overall victory in this race. Furthermore, thanks to this victory the 3 drivers have also risen to the top of the leaderboard in the PRO class.
Car #23 started the race in the 7th position, and after avoiding an accident which occurred just after the start of the race, they steadily moved up the leaderboard. Three hours later they overtook the leading Lamborghini and drove a rock solid race for the remaining 6 hours. The next round will be the 24 Hours of Spa (21-26 July) and the team has gained great momentum moving towards the climax of the series.
The GT-R NISMO GT3 #22 car (Mark Schulzitsky/Gaëtan Paletou/Ricardo Sanchez) was 2nd in class until just 1 hour before the end of the race, but unfortunately dropped down to 12th place at the finish due to mechanical issues.