Share, , Google Plus, Pinterest,


Posted in:

Jann Mardenborough Joins Nissan’s Factory Supported GT500 Roster

GT Academy graduate steps Up

Jann Mardenborough has been announced this morning as part of the Nissan effort in the 2017 Super GT Championship.

The GT Academy graduate joins Team Impul alongside Hironobu Yasuda, the pair one of four factory supported entries fielding the 2017 spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500.

2017 Nissan GT500

After failing to secure a hat-trick of Championship wins last season, this despite leading the championship until the last event, NISMO have reshuffled the pack for the 2017 season:

Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli are fielded in the NISMO entered #23 Nissan’s ace car #23.

After competing last season in GT300, Mardenborough steps up to GT50 with TEAM IMPUL together with teammate Hironobu Yasuda.

For the first time in 7 years João Paulo de Oliveira will return to KONDO Racing, which took two victories last year, and will team up with Daiki Sasaki.

MOLA will continue with the same strong driver combination from last year, with veteran Satoshi Motoyama challenging the series alongside young gun Katsumasa Chiyo.

Toshikazu Tanaka, Corporate Vice President of NISMO remains as Nissan’s team executive director. The complete roster:

#23: NISMO, Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli
Team Principal: Yutaka Suzuki

#12: TEAM IMPUL, Hironobu Yasuda / Jann Mardenborough
Team Principal: Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Calsonic IMPUL GT-R / Bridgestone

#24: KONDO Racing, Daiki Sasaki / João Paulo de Oliveira
Team Principal: Masahiko Kondo
Forum Engineering ADVAN GT-R / Yokohama

#46: MOLA, Satoshi Motoyama / Katsumasa Chiyo
Team Principal: Toshiomi Oeki
S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R / Michelin

Officially revealed last November, Nissan’s new GT500 racer has undergone testing in Japan as well as in Sepang, Malaysia.