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September 2, 2013

VICTORY FOR NISSAN PARTNER TEAM G-DRIVE RACING IN BRAZIL

the FIA World Endurance Championship - Round 4 Race Report

  • Nissan power takes top seven positions at Interlagos
  • First win of the season for the No.26 G-Drive Racing crew of Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin

Sao Paulo, Brazil (September 1st, 2013) - Nissan power took the top seven positions in the LM P2 class of the ‘6 Hours of Sao Paulo’ yesterday. The fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship produced the first win of the season for the #26 G-Drive Racing Oreca Nissan of Roman Rusinov, Mike Conway and John Martin.

The Interlagos track often produces drama-filled races with closely-fought battles and the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo didn't disappoint. After just 25 laps of racing the first lengthy safety car period began while barrier repairs were made following an accident for the LM P1 Toyota and an LM P2 Lotus. Then, only another hour into the race the safety car had to come out again when one of the AF Corse Ferraris caught fire in spectacular fashion.

Throughout the drama Mike Conway was onboard the #26 Oreca Nissan, doing a very slick job at the head of the LM P2 class. As the race unfolded Roman Rusinov was up next and then John Martin jumped in for the run to the flag. The team's strategy had been to control the race from the front and their strategy was awarded with the race victory.

“It was important for us to control the race from the front,” said Roman. “The two safety cars in the first half made it tough to call as you have to decide if you will alter your strategy at that point. I had my helmet on and then off again three times! Our package was very competitive all weekend and with the great work from all of the team we finally hit our mark and we are very happy to come away from Brazil as the winners.”

The #35 Oak Racing Morgan Nissan of Bertrand Baguette, Martin Plowman and Ricardo Gonzalez took the runner up spot in Brazil after a strong performance, followed by the #49 Pecom Oreca Nissan, grabbing the final spot on the podium. With four further Nissan-powered cars behind the podium finishers it was a great day for Nissan. Among them, Nissan's acting Zero Emissions Ambassador Keiko Ihara, who had just moved to the team, helped bring the #45 Oak Racing Morgan Nissan home fifth in class, earning her first championship points.

The next event of the FIA World Endurance Championship takes place in just three weeks' time at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas, USA.

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[ Race Results ] 6 Hours of Sao Paulo - CLASS LMP2
Pos No Machine Driver Laps Time
1 26 R.RUSINOV / J.MARTIN / M.CONWAY Oreca 03 - Nissan 222 6:02'41.674
2 35 B.BAGUETTE / R.GONZALEZ / M.PLOWMAN Morgan - Nissan 221 6:01'56.787
3 49 L.PEREZ COMPANC / N.MINASSIAN / P.KAFFER Oreca 03 - Nissan 221 6:02'16.096
4 41 C.ZUGEL / G.JEANNETTE / B.WIRDHEIM Zytek Z11SN - Nissan 217 6:02'05.433
5 45 J.NICOLET / J-M.MERLIN / K.IHARA Morgan - Nissan 214 6:01'49.818
6 24 O.PLA / D.HEINEMEIER HANSSON / A.BRUNDLE Morgan - Nissan 212 6:02'07.989
7 25 T.GRAVES / J.WALKER / R.KERR Oreca 03 - Nissan 58 2:11'33.219
8 31 K.WEEDA / C.BOUCHUT Lotus T128 47 5:22'21.886
9 32 T.HOLZER / D.KRAIHAMER / J.CHAROUZ Lotus T128 23 34'52.643
 

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