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Nissan GT-R will now struggle at Nurburgring, Kondo says

The Super Formula and SUPER GT teams made a splash in 2019 when they drove the GT-R to the Nordschleife, finishing ninth with Nissan factory drivers Matsuda Tsuo, Takaki Kotori and Tom Coronel and Tomonobu Fujii.

Kondo plans to return in 2020, with Matsuda, Takaboshi, Kazuki Hiramine and Joao Paulo de Oliveira announced as team drivers, but ultimately due to global forced out due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The team has not returned to the Nurburgring since, with last year’s return becoming impossible.

No conflict next year, raising Kondo’s prospects if it can get the car, try to make a comeback, putting its GT-running in 2019- R sold to aerospace parts company Busou – which started the now-suspended SUPER GT GT300 campaign with Drago Corse.


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However, when asked about the prospects of the Suzuka Super GT race last month, team boss Masahiko Kondo downplayed the chances and said the GT-R It’s hard to keep up with newer models like the BMW M4 GT3 and Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.

“We haven’t decided yet,” Kondo Say. “Also, we don’t have a car [GT-R] available right now because the one we used in 2019 was sold to Busou.

“Even if we bought it back, the performance of the German GT3 car has improved (since 2019) and I honestly don’t think the GT-R can compete on the same level.

“I don’t think we can go there a second time and say, ‘Our goal is to be in the top 10 again’.”

Although the last three editions of the Nürburgring 24 Hours did not have any Japanese GT3 cars, 2019 There were three GT-Rs in 2019, and KCMG was tied with Kondo Racing for two.

De Oliveira was a part of KCMG’s “Ring” lineup that season and is currently working for Kondo in SUPER GT to promote the GT-R.

The GT-R is still well-represented in Japan, with five cars currently competing in the SUPER GT, but not in the top European races .

Asked by how he thought the GT-R would fare in series like GT World Challenge Europe, de Oliveira replied: “This is what I’ve been asking NISMO to get a car to run in Europe so we can match it with the Germans and my Dalian manufacturer.

“I really don’t know how it’s going to be. The GT-R has a special feature, so on a track like the Nurburgring, it has a “bounce” and it doesn’t ride on the side of the road like a German car. This is a difficult thing for me to deal with. ”

Kazuya Additional reporting by Minakoshi



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