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Nissan to expand Australian Motorsports commitment

NISMO GTR and Altima Supercar

For both 2017 and 2018 Nissan has confirmed their commitment to the Australian Motorsports seasons spanning the Supercars Championship, Bathurst 12 Hour and Australian GT Championship.

A field of four Nissan Altima Supercars will be racing in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship for 2017 and 2018 seasons as part of a new two year agreement between Nissan and the Kelly Family owned Nissan Motorsport Race team.

Current driver of the #23 NISMO Nissan Altima Supercar, Michael Caruso, has also resigned with the Nissan Motorsport team for the next two years.

For the two final events in the 2016 Australian GT Championship to be held at Hampton Downs and Highlands Park, Nissan will be entering their GT-R NISMO GT3 with the possibility of more engagement with the series in 2017.

Motorsport is in the DNA of Nissan, both here in Australia and globally,” said Nissan Motor Co. (Australia) Managing Director and CEO Richard Emery.

When Nissan first opened for business in Australia in 1966, one of the first things we did was to go motor racing. Our motorsport program is a way for us to show people what the Nissan brand stands for – through the excitement of our race cars and the innovative and inclusive nature of our fan activations.

Globally for 2016 Nissan is defending nine championship victories from 14 different race series.

We are very proud of our global approach to motorsport and today’s announcements for Australia really showcase our brand, both locally and internationally,” said Nissan Global Motorsports Director, Michael Carcamo.

The Supercars Championship is one of the most high-profile sporting events of any kind in Australia and Nissan has tremendous heritage and a huge fan base in this series.

Our efforts in the Bathurst 12-Hour over the past two years have further intrinsically linked Mount Panorama and the GT-R. They already had incredible history together but this has now gone to a new level.

2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.
2017 Nissan GT-R Track Edition.

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