Stephane Ratel, CEO of SRO Motorsport Group which runs the FIA GT championships announced that his organization has reached an agreement with the Japanese car maker Nissan, to supply their official vehicles for every event. So Nissan, which by the way also races in the GT1 with a GT-R, will have to provide four vehicles before every race, one of them a high performance model (we’re guessing the GT-R!) to act as the safety car.
Stephane Ratel said: “From the very first time we discussed the proposals for a GT1 World Championship, Nissan was right behind the idea and has been a very enthusiastic supporter ever since. We are therefore extremely pleased that we have reached this agreement, which will give Nissan a great global platform to showcase their range of cars alongside the full GT1 spec racing GT-R’s. The Nissan GT-R is an iconic car all over the world and we are thrilled to see it competing at world championship level.”
Soichi Miyatani, NISMO President and Nissan CVP adds: “At Nissan the idea of the FIA GT1 World Championship is a very exciting one, seeing the GT-R on track in competition with these other world famous brands will be spectacular. With the strong global Television exposure in place we are sure that this agreement will be a key to us further enhancing the reputation and stature of Nissan’s high-performance cars. It also gives us added exposure away from the on-track action as we look to reinforce the Nissan brand within this core car-loving audience on a global basis.”
The 2010 Championship starts at the futuristic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on April 17 and ends at the spectacular circuit built around a volcanic lake in San Luis circuit in Argentina on December 5.