Teams and Drivers

Profiles of the Nissan-affiliated teams and of their drivers

NISMOGT500

NISSAN GT-R

#23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R

Yutaka Suzuki

Team Principal
Yutaka Suzuki

NISMO is active in top racing categories around the world, including SUPER GT. Unfortunately, NISMO was unable to stand on the podium on a regular basis last season, but captivated fans with high level battles at every opportunity. With the trade of Satoshi Motoyama, who had served as the ace driver of NISMO for 13 years, Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli, winners of successive driver's titles in 2011 and 2012, have been summoned to the team.


Masataka YANAGIDA
Masataka YANAGIDA
Date of birth:June 4th, 1979
Height/Weight: 174cm/61kg
Place of birth: Tokyo
Blood type: Rh+AB
Race Career
Ronnie QUINTARELLI
Ronnie QUINTARELLI
Date of birth:August 9th, 1979
Height/Weight: 173cm/65kg
Place of birth: Italy
Blood type: Rh-A
Race Career

MOLAGT500

NISSAN GT-R

#1 S Road REITO MOLA GT-R

Toshiomi OEKI

Team Principal
Toshiomi OEKI

In the two years since stepping up to the GT500 class in 2011, MOLA has won consecutive driver's and team titles. MOLA is the first team in the history of SUPER GT to accomplish such a feat. This year, they face the competition with the addition of Satoshi Motoyama to the team. Yuhi Sekiguchi will serve as Motoyama's partner after stepping up from the GT300 class, where he drove a GT-R.


Satoshi MOTOYAMA
Satoshi MOTOYAMA
Date of birth:March 4th, 1971
Height/Weight: 171cm/62kg
Place of birth: Tokyo
Blood type: Rh+O
Race Career
Bjorn Wirdheim
Yuhi SEKIGUCHI
Date of birth:December 29th,1987
Height/Weight:165cm/58kg
Place of birth: Tokyo
Blood type:Rh+AB
Race Career

impulGT500

NISSAN GT-R

#12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R

Kazuyoshi HOSHINO

Team Principal
Kazuyoshi HOSHINO

Machines colored in Calsonic Blue have remained a constant since the JGTC era. TEAM IMPUL, led by Kazuyoshi Hoshino, the original “Fastest man in Japan”, will battle through the 2013 season led by the rock-solid duo of Tsugio Matsuda and João Paulo de Oliveira. TEAM IMPUL is the only NISSAN GT-R team to use Bridgestone tires.


Tsugio MATSUDA
Tsugio MATSUDA
Date of birth:June 18th, 1979
Height/Weight: 175cm/68kg
Place of birth: Mie prefecture
Blood type: Rh+A
Race Career
Joao Paulo de OLIVEIRA
Joao Paulo de OLIVEIRA
Date of birth:July 13th, 1981
Height/Weight: 173cm/66kg
Place of birth: Brazil
Blood type: Rh+A
Race Career

KONDO RACINGGT500

NISSAN GT-R

#24 D'station ADVAN GT-R

Masahiko KONDO

Team Principal
Masahiko KONDO

KONDO RACING is now entering its eighth year in SUPER GT, having started its participation in 2006. Masahiko Kondo, who is active in racing while also balancing a career in acting, leads the team that has used only Yokohama tires since its inception. This season the team's ace driver Hironobu Yasuda has a new partner: an experienced world championship winner, Michael Krumm.


Hironobu YASUDA
Hironobu YASUDA
Date of birth:November 11th, 1983
Height/Weight: 168cm/57kg
Place of birth: Shiga prefecture
Blood type: Rh+O
Race Career
Michael KRUMM
Michael KRUMM
Date of birth:March 19th,1970
Height/Weight: 181cm/70kg
Place of birth:Germany
Blood type:Rh+A
Race Career

NDDP RACINGGT500

NISSAN GT-R

#3 S Road NDDP GT-R

Masahoro HASEMI

Team Principal
Masahiro HASEMI

Last year, NDDP RACING entered the GT300 class as part of the “Nissan Driver Development Program (NDDP)” at Nissan/NISMO, which was started as a program to train younger drivers. Kazuki Hoshino, who has experience as a trainer for younger drivers, will race alongside last year's Japanese Formula 3 Championship N-Class Champion, Daiki Sasaki. They will race for the series title under the leadership of manager Masahiro Hasemi, who is regarded for his ability to train younger drivers.


Kazuki HOSHINO
Kazuki HOSHINO
Date of birth:Ocrober 13th,1977
Height/Weight:168cm/60kg
Place of birth: Tokyo
Blood type:Rh+A
Race Career
Daiki SASAKI
Daiki SASAKI
Date of birth:Ocrober 15th,1991
Height/Weight:172cm/51kg
Place of birth: Saitama prefecture
Blood type:Rh+A
Race Career