As part of a large Nissan Motorsport announcement at the opening of the new Nismo headquarters, the most recent graduates have had their 2013 seasons revealed.
The most significant announcement is that of Jann Mardenborough. Jann’s recent experience in the 2013 Toyota Racing Series, where he finished as the series’ top rookie, has been a precursor to a full season seat at Carlin Motorsport in FIA European Formula 3. Jann becomes the first GTA winner to move to a full season at an international, open-wheeled series, hinting at a possible future F1 seat. Indeed Carlin’s graduates include two F1 world champions – Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastien Vettel – the latter of which sits in a Renault-Nissan powered and sponsored car…
Meanwhile the four 2012 graduates, reeling from the news they’re too fast for British GT, find themselves taking over the Nissan Nismo GT-R GT3 Jann has vacated for the Blancpain Endurance Series. Though the specific driving pairings have not yet been revealed, Wolfgang Reip, Mark Shulzhitskiy, Peter Pyzera and Steve Doherty are to drive two GT-Rs in the series. Nissan have also announced intention to race the car in the rejuvenated FIA GT GT3 class, but no driver line-up has been given.
As yet no programmes have been confirmed for previous winners Jordan Tresson, Lucas Ordoñez and Bryan Heitkotter, but watch this space!
Images courtesy of Nissan Motorsport and Toyota Racing Series.