The news breaking on social media right now that the Nissan GT-R LM is to miss the pre-season WEC Prologue test and the first two rounds of the Championship at Silverstone and Spa is very disappointing, but not entirely unsurprising.
The concept of Nissan’s 2015 LMP1 contender redefines the phrase ‘cutting edge’ with almost every aspect of the design new and/ or unproven in competition.
It was always going to be a mountain to climb to get the car to the track in truly competitive form with such a short run-in from finished design to racing.
Beyond the already mighty task in hand to build and develop the car there have been other issues too – many outside the control of the team, and the additional testing time will be vital to ensure that the GT-R LMs hit the ground running at Le Mans.
There will of course be a multitude of disappointed fans who may miss their first, or only, chance to see the new Nissan race. It’s a car that has cultivated interest like no other. It’s launch day saw more people reading DSC than ANY other day in our 15 year history.
Pragmatists though will conclude that this is a sensible decision, and we can only hope that Nissan’s higher ups agree that the delay in the car’s debut brings opportunities for a more competitive showing when we do see the car run and race in June.