Nissan has shuffled its driver line-ups ahead of this month’s Spa 24 Hours. In the #35 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 squad – already strengthened by the addition of two-time Super GT GT500 Champion, Masataka Yanagida – Mark Shulzhitskiy replaces his Russian counterpart Stanislav Aksenov and joins Katsumasa Chiyo and Miguel Faisca.
The Silverstone-winning line-up in the #80 GT-R remains the same but Alex Buncombe, Florian Strauss and Nick McMillen will get an extra driver on the team for Spa, fittingly local boy Wolfgang Reip.
Clockwise from top left: Chiyo, Faisca, Shulzhitskiy, Yanagida, Reip, McMillen, Strauss, Buncombe
“We like to shake up our driver line-ups every now and again,” said Darren Cox, NISMO Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales. “I’ve said it before that winning GT Academy doesn’t guarantee anyone a race seat for life. We expect maximum effort and top performances from our guys and recently Mark and Wolfie have shone.”
Competition is tight between the winners of GT Academy who go on to become NISMO Athletes. With the manufacturer now moving into LM P1 there are no guaranteed seats for GT Academy winners but those who have proved themselves in LM P2 will be ready to step up, should the opportunity arise.