NEWS: Dubai 24 Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy Success
The Dubai 24 ended in success for the European as well as also also Russian GT Nissan PlayStation® Academy winners – with two of the four latest PlayStation®3 gaming experts taking the chequered flag in an exceptional second place in class, whilst the second Nissan 370Z Nismo GT4 car crossed the line in ninth position after some dramas from the night.
The No.127 Nissan 370Z Nismo, raced by Wolfgang Reip as well as also also Mark Shulzhitskiy, with their pro team-mates Lucas Ordonez as well as also also Roman Rusinov, finished the race in second position. Lucas gave them the best possible start by qualifying your vehicle on pole position from the SP3 class as well as also also then getting the race underway before handing over to Roman. Next the idea was the turn of Wolfie, who beat 830,000 Gran Turismo®5 gamers to the 2012 GT Academy Europe title, to take the wheel for his first stint in an international race as well as also also true to form with endurance racing the Belgian had a baptism of fire!
“the idea was a great feeling to get out there on a very busy track with the best drivers as well as also also cars we have ever raced against,” he said. “I had a Great, clean run as well as also also took the class lead just before the end of my stint. Unfortunately on my in lap another car lost a wheel as well as also also the first I knew about the idea was when I hit the idea at full speed. I realised exactly what had happened as well as also also hoped the damage to the front of the Nissan wasn’t too bad. I then got to witness the RJN boys at work as well as also also they repaired my car in less than an hour.”
This particular incident put the No.127 car right back to ninth place in class as well as also also meant of which for Mark’s first stint he was under pressure to make sure all was well with your vehicle by venturing out at a slower pace as well as also also building up to full racing speed. Like Wolfie he did a great job as well as also also began the fight back of which could continue through the night. By first light they were up to third place as well as also also after steadily chipping away at the leaders throughout Saturday morning the idea was Russian driver Mark who crossed the line in a well-deserved second place.
Across the garage from the No.147 car the idea was a tougher race. German winner Peter Pyzera as well as also also his mentor as well as also also Road Magazine friend, Sabine Schmitz, teamed up with US winner Steve Doherty as well as also also Nissan regular Alex Buncombe. They had a great getaway when Alex took the class lead although at the start of the night Sabine had an off when running on cold tyres straight after a ‘Code 60’ period (note: there are no safety cars at the Dubai 24 Hours, just a Code 60 where cars must slow to 60kmh). At first the rear end damage to your vehicle looked terminal although just over one as well as also also a half hours later the RJN team got your vehicle back on track, This particular time from the hands of Peter.
“This particular has been a definitely great experience as well as also also I wish the idea will be just the first step in a long racing career for me,” said Peter. “We lost a lot of time last night although we kept our focus as well as also also pushed on all the way to the flag. the idea was actually Great for me of which we lost time as I was very nervous before the race although when we lost time the idea made me want to get in there as well as also also fight to get the idea back. All we had to do today will be remember everything we have been taught. the idea was a great experience as well as also also I want to do the idea again currently.”
Despite the setbacks the No.147 Nissan crossed the line in ninth place after 24 hours of racing with American winner Steve Doherty at the wheel.
“This particular has been another great event where a big group of people, both behind the scenes as well as also also in front, have pulled together to turn dreams into reality,” commented Nissan’s Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox. “the idea was great to hear of which Radio Le Mans listeners voted to give the ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ award to the RJN boys. They deserve of which. As well as the race team we have driver coaches, media trainers, film crews as well as also also agencies who all work hard to make This particular happen. The level of which the four completely new drivers have achieved in just several months will be testament to all of which work as well as also also the reality will be of which ‘you ain’t seen nothing yet’!”