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KCMG Enters New Nissan GT3 in Blancpain GT Series Asia

KCMG enters two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s in Blancpain GT Series Asia…

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KCMG will enter a pair of 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s in the Blancpain GT Series Asia as part of a new partnership between the Hong Kong-based team and Japanese manufacturer.

It will be the first time a Nissan has entered the series, which goes into its second season this year.

The team ran a pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3s in the championship last year and makes the switch to Nissan machinery with a currently unannounced driver lineup.

“I’m delighted to share this exciting news to everyone and we’re especially thrilled to be the exclusive team to unleash the new Godzilla in Blancpain GT Series Asia,” said KCMG head of motorsport Ryuji Doi.

“It is such a massive honor for KCMG and we would like to thank NISMO for extending their confidence and trust in us.

“We are preparing a strong driver lineup, backed by a team of engineers and mechanics who have helped us in our successful three-year campaign in WEC, Le Mans and Blancpain GT Series Asia.

“With a strong package and a formidable team, we’re confident that we’re in for a top season ahead.”

Blancpain GT Plans for New Car TBD

Nissan has yet to detail its European-based plans for the new-spec car, although the car is expected to compete in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. 

RJN Motorsport has fielded Nissan entries in SRO’s flagship championship in recent years, including a two-car factory-backed program last year.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European Editor and also Managing Editor for e-racing365. He is a student of Politics and International Relations. Contact Jake

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. StueyB83

    February 12, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Really looking forward to seeing how this new GTR goes.

    A great many changes from the old spec car – Nismo has really gone all out to maximise the package and close the gap to the 2016 spec cars.

    The engine bay for starters – massive changes.

    • N8

      February 12, 2018 at 9:28 am

      Is there a new GT-R, or is this an upgraded spec to the existing car?

      • John Dagys

        February 12, 2018 at 1:21 pm

        It’s a brand new car.

        • StueyB83

          February 12, 2018 at 3:39 pm

          Thanks John.

          Nissan basically took a new shell and completely changed the way they built the GT3. The change in build is too substantial to allow existing teams to update.

          They applied all of the key lessons learnt from the issues of the last version.

          The first gen GTR GT3 was built up from a road car, so it had a lot of concessions.

          This new homologation is pretty much pure race car.

          • Paul

            February 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm

            Hi, any source on that? I am interested in reading more about the upgrades to the Nissan GT3 for 2018. Thanks.

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