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SMP Racing’s New BR01 Nissan LMP2 On Track

Further progress for another new LMP2 effort to report this morning as SMP Racing’s Benjamin Durand sends us the very first pictures of the brand new BR01 Nissan LMP2 Coupe, testing yesterday at Paul Ricard.

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Nic Minassian and Sergei Zlobin were on driver duty for the first shakedown with Mikhail Aleshin and Maurizio Mediani set to drive today.

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The delight on Designer Paolo Cantone’s face is clear after a faultless first day.

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Sergey Zlobin:

“This is the 1st time I am driving a race car where designer has not though only about performance but also paid attention to the drivers.

“The cockpit is optimized for the drivers. It is spacious, with a lot of air coming in, steering wheels and buttons are positioned to be helpful but not intrusive.

This car is design like a Sukhoi jet fighter. As the famous Sergueï Korolev said when he built the spacecraft for Yuri Gagarin: if it looks nice it can fly.”

Nicolas Minassian:

“I am impressed to have been able to do so many laps with a new car on the first day on track. The visibility inside is impressive. As per the handling of the car : What a grip !!”

Paolo Cantone:

“I am very happy to see that the first run of the car went smoothly. All the systems works and we could had a good first productive day. We can now continue development on track with serenity.”