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’.
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.
“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.”
2015 Bathurst 12 Hour race result
|Pos||Competitor/ Team||Drivers||Vehicle||Race Time||Fastest Lap Time|
|1||NISMO Athlete Global Team||F.Strauss/ K.Chiyo/ W.Reip||Nissan GT-R NISMO GT||12:00:11.0280||2:03.9769|
|2||Phoenix Racing||M.Mapelli/ L.Vanthoor/ M.Winkelhock||Audi R8-LMS Ultra 20||12:00:13.4809||2:03.3091R|
|3||Craft Bamboo Racing||D.O’Young/ A.MacDowall/ S.Mucke||Aston Martin Vantage||12:00:13.8296||2:04.4514|
|4||Bentley Team M-Sport||G.Smith/ S.Kane/ M.Bell||Bentley Continental||12:00:14.8101||2:05.1808|
|5||Erebus Motorsport||J.LeBrocq/ R.Muscat/ D.Canto||Mercedes SLS AMG GT3||12:00:14.9710||2:04.5607|
|6||Vicious Rumour Racing||B.Simonsen/ A.Montermini/ R.Loberto||Ferrari F458 Italia||12:00:14.7389||2:05.5603|
|7||JBS Australia||R.Lago/ D.Russell/ S.Owen||Lamborghini Gallardo||12:00:15.8879||2:04.8101|
|8||Clearwater Racing||WS Mok/ T.Vilander/ M.Griffin||Ferrari F458 Italia||12:00:17.9999||2:04.8706|
|9||Phoenix Racing||F.Baumgartner/ C.Haase/ S.Ortelli||Audi R8-LMS Ultra 20||12:00:22.7640||2:05.0164|
|10||Hallmarc / Network Clothing||M.Cini/ M.Eddy/ C.Mies||Audi R8-LMS Ultra 20||12:00:20.6153||2:05.0948|