The trio of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s have been given a double Balance of Performance break ahead of this afternoon’s FIA GT World Cup Qualifying Race in Macau.
The FIA confirmed a 20kg reduction in minimum weight and turbo boost increases across all power levels for the KCMG-entered Nissans, which have so far struggled this weekend in its maiden appearance at the Guia Circuit.
The change, issued Friday afternoon, comes despite a data audit completed following Thursday’s Free Practice 1 by the FIA that determined the car’s lack of performance was linked to a “setup problem” and not necessarily a BoP issue.
Alexandre Imperatori was the top-placed Nissan in qualifying, setting the 11th quickest time, although more than 2.5 seconds off Raffaele Marciello’s pole-sitting time.
KCMG teammates Oliver Jarvis and Tsugio Matsuda brought up the rear of the 15-car field in qualifying.
The No. 55 Craft-Bamboo Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Darryl O’Young, however, will start the Qualifying Race from the rear of the field due to a post-qualifying engine change.
The 12-lap race gets underway at 1:05 p.m. local time.