NISSAN MOTORSPORTS

November 1, 2013

NISSAN MOTORSPORT TAKES DOUBLE TOP-20 AT BATHURST 1000

2013 V8 Supercars Championship Race Report

Bathurst, Australia (October 13th, 2013) - Nissan Motorsport has finished the 2013 Bathurst 1000 with a pair of top-20 results in its return year to 'The Great Race.'

James Moffat and Taz Douglas were the best of the Nissan Altimas in 18th place after a trying day. The #360 Norton Nissan was hampered by handling issues early in the race, while an engine-mapping problem hampered the car's speed.

Moffat completed the race on the lead lap - a trying result for the Altima's first attempt at Mount Panorama. Meanwhile, Rick Kelly and Karl Reindler, driving the #15 Jack Daniel's Racing Altima finished 19th, one place behind Moffat/Douglas. Kelly and Reindler chipped away for the 1000km with no major issues or mistakes. They also completed the race on the lead lap. The #300 Altima of Michael Caruso and Daniel Gaunt was also running with its sister cars, only for a power steering problem to hamper its progress.

Things were a lot worse for Todd Kelly and David Russell, however. Running in a strong position in the first hour of the race, Russell struck a stray kangaroo on the circuit. The incident broke the cross member, ruling the #7 Jack Daniel's Altima out after 22 laps.

James Moffat - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“We had a massive battle on our hands the whole day. The chassis balance wasn't great to start with, but we slightly improved it throughout the day. Our straight-line speed isn't the best in the field, but we seemed even worse off today due to a mapping issue which made the drivability out of the slower corners very hard. I was holding on for dear life, so it was pretty disappointing to go all that way and finish 18th. We move from here to the Gold Coast and we need to regroup as a team and perform much better than that.”

Taz Douglas - #360 Norton Nissan Altima
“Personally, it's the highest I've ever finished at this race, so that is nice, but it was a tough day. Right from the first stint, we had engine dramas. We know we struggle in that department, but it was worse than what it normally is.”

Rick Kelly - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“That was one of the fastest races I've ever seen around here, we pushed all day and the team did a great job. Karl did a great job, everything went to plan, we just didn't have the straight-line pace and the outright pace that we needed.
“We gathered some points and with the straight-line deficiency we've got, I think that was all we could have hoped for from here. I've got to be satisfied; the team did a great job all weekend.”

Karl Reindler - #15 Jack Daniel's Nissan Altima
“We knew it was going to be a long day for us, but Rick and myself worked on the car throughout the day and towards the end of the race we were pretty happy with it.
“I think we have to be happy. We really didn't put a foot wrong at all throughout the day - no mistakes - and with the equipment we had, drove the perfect race. The strategy was good, so credit is due to the team. We had two Nissans finish Bathurst, which is a great attempt considering one of them was taken out by a kangaroo.”

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[ Race Results ] - Race 29
Pos No Machine Driver Laps Time
1 5 Ford Mark Winterbottom / Steve Richards 161 6:11'27.9320
2 1 Holden Jamie Whincup / Paul Dumbrell 161 6:11'28.4060
3 888 Holden Craig Lowndes / Warren Luff 161 6:11'34.1680
4 2 Holden Garth Tander / Nick Percat 161 6:11'35.0270
5 8 Holden Jason Bright / Andrew Jones 161 6:11'42.0660
6 80 Holden Scott Pye / Paul Morris 161 6:11'48.1860
7 6 Ford Will Davison / Steve Owen 161 6:11'57.1970
8 33 Holden Scott McLaughlin / Jack Perkins 161 6:12'11.2730
9 55 Ford David Reynolds / Dean Canto 161 6:12'13.9980
10 10 Holden Andy Priaulx / Mattias Ekstrom 161 6:12'16.2090
18 360 Nissan James Moffat / Taz Douglas 161 6:13'09.6660
19 15 Nissan Rick Kelly / Karl Reindler 161 6:13'11.5940
25 300 Nissan Michael Caruso / Daniel Gaunt 147 6:13'33.3140
- 7 Nissan Todd Kelly / David Russell 20 48'06.6978

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