Following yesterday‘s disappointing qualifying, with traffic issues leading to a 34th place start, the RJN Motorsport team were looking forward to a strong race in the familiar, wet conditions that play to the GT-R’s strengths.
Alex Buncombe took charge of the car for the first hour of the race and immediately set about clawing through the field. A staggering drive saw Alex bring the Nissan up to 10th place before he came in, setting one first sector time that wasn’t matched for the rest of the day!
GT Academy graduate Jann Mardenborough took the driving seat for the second session and lifted the car higher still, into 8th place overall with some stunning overtakes – one into Vale right in front of our eyes. However, the car developed a misfire towards the end of the stint – Jann driving without the traction control in an attempt to cure it – and after handing the car over to Chris Ward the team had to bring the GT-R back in.
After four minutes in the garage, the problem frustratingly disappeared and Chris went out again, resuming in 36th place. Yet more excellent pace from Chris saw him pull the car home to a 30th place overall finish.
Although the finish is not necessarily what was hoped for, the car – brand new in January and competing in only its second endurance race – clearly has the pace of the field and with the drivers wringing the best from it the team can only hope to move forwards in the race at Paul Ricard at the end of the month.
Nissan have also released this short video of Jann interviewing his GT Academy/RJN teammates during the Monza race earlier in the year.
Thanks to RJN Motorsport, Nissan and Jardine International for the access this weekend! Additional photographs provided by Kevin Mc Glone of Red Square Images.