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No.5 What kind of races does Nissan compete in?

Major races in which Nissan competed in 2008


Nissan is active in a variety of car races around the world, from world-class competitions such as SUPER GT, which pit the top drivers and machines in the world against each other, to races for drivers who have only just begun racing. Nissan mainly supports competitions in which Nissan products (production cars or engines) are used. We would like to introduce the main races that represent the kinds of races Nissan entered cars in during 2008.

Races in Japan
SUPER GT

SUPER GT
Japan’s premier Grand Touring Car race series, featuring machines modified from production cars. The name of the series was changed from the Japan GT Championship from 2005. Cars competing are divided into two categories, GT500 and GT300, signifying the maximum power generated by the engines, at 500 horsepower and 300 horsepower, respectively.
In 2008 nine races were run in the series, including one held in Malaysia. Live and delayed broadcasts on television and over the Internet indicate the high popularity of these races.

March Cup

March Cup
Held since 1984, this category is Nissan Motorsports for beginners. A distinguishing feature that makes it relatively easy to participate in this series is that they are one-make races where only Nissan Marchs with identical specifications compete. It is also possible for family or friends to race against each other.
Races are run in the East of the country at places including Fuji Speedway, Twin Ring Motegi and Tsukuba Circuit, and in the West at places such as Okayama International Circuit and Suzuka Circuit.

Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ)

Formula Challenge Japan (FCJ)
A junior formula-class car race series started in 2006 through the cooperation of Nissan, Toyota and Honda. The objectives of this series are “to scout for and develop talented young drivers who will in future compete internationally” and “to broaden the base of Japanese motorsports and nurture those individuals who will support its future.”
Outstanding drivers win scholarships that help them to step up to higher category racing. Nissan and NISMO provide scholarships to a number of young drivers.

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Races in China
China Circuit Championship (CCC)

China Circuit Championship (CCC)
In 2006, Nissan started racing in China’s foremost car racing series, the China Circuit Championship (CCC), competing in the Touring Car (1600cc) Class with the Nissan Tiida. This is a race for machines developed from cars produced domestically in China.

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Races in Europe
Nurburgring 24-Hour Race

Nurburgring 24-Hour Race
Held every year in early summer at the Nurburgring circuit in the mid-western part of Germany. Known as one of the most demanding endurance races in the world, it attracts over 200 touring car entries. The audience tops 200,000 – the largest of its kind globally. From NISSAN, the Fairlady Z participates, the same racing car that competed in the Dubai 24-Hour Race, held in Dubai in January.

South African Off-Road Championship (ABSA)

South African Off-Road Championship
Nissan South Africa entered the ABSA with a Nissan Navarra, and has taken the Driver’s championship title 7 years running. Also participating in Rally Raid events in Europe, the Nissan Navarra has received high praise for its tough durability.

South Africa Production Car Championship (SAPC)

South Africa Production Car Championship (SAPC)
The Nissan 350Z is entered in this race, which features tight restrictions on the modifications allowed to standard production cars. Nissan has shown its supremacy here by constantly winning against strong competitors including BMW and Audi.

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The beginning of Nissanís motorsports activities 03