Nissan GT-R wins 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour

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The Nissan GT-R has taken another significant victory at Mount Panorama after scoring a dramatic victory in the 2015 Bathurst 12 Hour yesterday.

After a race full of drama, crashes and Safety Cars, Japanese driver Katsumasa Chiyo passed an Audi R8 and a Bentley Continental GT on the penultimate lap to secure a remarkable win for the Nismo Athlete Global Team.

The victory for Chiyo and GT Academy winners Wolfgang Reip and Florian Strauss is the first time that the Nissan GT-R has won at Mount Panorama since the R32 Nissan GT-R took back-to-back Bathurst 1000 wins in 1991 and 1992, earning its nickname ‘Godzilla’.

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The crowd at the top of the Mount Panorama roared as Chiyo put the Nissan into the lead, a fairytale story after the car was damaged in a qualifying crash on Saturday, with repairs to the #35 Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 only completed at 4:30am local time on Sunday morning.

Strauss was especially ecstatic to take victory, as he was a late recruit to the event when Alex Buncombe was unable to attend the event due to the birth of his first child. The young German driver has only been a racing driver for 18 months following his win in GT Academy in 2013.

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“It is just unbelievable because I couldn’t imagine that end of the race, with a strong Audi and Bentley and we are still in the amateur class,” said Chiyo after the race.

“The car is very good, it is very strong on the straight. I tried to imagine, it was just amazing, we couldn’t know what would happen in this race, but we just tried our best in the moment and then I had a chance in the final restart. It was just awesome. The car was amazing, and so was the team.”

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2015 Bathurst 12 Hour race result

PosCompetitor/ TeamDriversVehicleRace TimeFastest Lap Time
1NISMO Athlete Global TeamF.Strauss/ K.Chiyo/ W.ReipNissan GT-R NISMO GT12:00:11.02802:03.9769
2Phoenix RacingM.Mapelli/ L.Vanthoor/ M.WinkelhockAudi R8-LMS Ultra 2012:00:13.48092:03.3091R
3Craft Bamboo RacingD.O’Young/ A.MacDowall/ S.MuckeAston Martin Vantage12:00:13.82962:04.4514
4Bentley Team M-SportG.Smith/ S.Kane/ M.BellBentley Continental12:00:14.81012:05.1808
5Erebus MotorsportJ.LeBrocq/ R.Muscat/ D.CantoMercedes SLS AMG GT312:00:14.97102:04.5607
6Vicious Rumour RacingB.Simonsen/ A.Montermini/ R.LobertoFerrari F458 Italia12:00:14.73892:05.5603
7JBS AustraliaR.Lago/ D.Russell/ S.OwenLamborghini Gallardo12:00:15.88792:04.8101
8Clearwater RacingWS Mok/ T.Vilander/ M.GriffinFerrari F458 Italia12:00:17.99992:04.8706
9Phoenix RacingF.Baumgartner/ C.Haase/ S.OrtelliAudi R8-LMS Ultra 2012:00:22.76402:05.0164
10Hallmarc / Network ClothingM.Cini/ M.Eddy/ C.MiesAudi R8-LMS Ultra 2012:00:20.61532:05.0948

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