Two 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 cars from KCMG and one from Kondo Racing will compete at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring 0n 22/23 June.
KCMG are set to field Edoardo Liberati, Josh Burdon and Philipp Wlazik amongst their line-ups and will forego their regular IGTC Pirelli rubber to race on Michelin tyres. They will also attend the pre-season test and will race at three VLN events too plus the N24 Qualifying Race.
Josh Burdon: “It really is a privilege for me to be able to add to my current Intercontinental GT Challenge programme with KCMG and Nismo, by representing them during the VLN series and Nürburgring 24 Hours this season. The Nordschleife is one of the most famous pieces of road in the world so I am very eager to get on track and begin work.”
Edoardo Liberati: “I’m excited to start another racing campaign in 2019 with KCMG and Nissan. VLN is a special championship and I’m really looking forward to learning the Nordschleife circuit as quickly as possible. Our main target is to be ready to fight for a top result in the Nürburgring 24H, which is one of the biggest races in the world. Let’s give our best!”
Philipp Wazlik: “I’m totally over the moon to be driving with KCMG and Nissan on my home track. I got to know the team, Joshua and Edoardo in Dubai, we get on well and I think we can really do a good job. The team is very professional and the Nissan GT-R is going to be strong at the Nordschleife, which is one of the most spectacular and difficult circuits in the world. I would like to thank Paul [Ip], KCMG and Nissan for this big opportunity. I cannot wait to get behind the wheel of the “Godzilla” on this special track.”
Paul Ip, KCMG Founder: “Ever since I established KCMG, it has always been my aim to take on new challenges and make a massive impact as an Asian-based team in the motorsport sphere. As it is, we are set to compete in some of the world’s biggest endurance races this year through the Intercontinental GT Challenge. To add VLN to our 2019 GT programme, and in particular the Nürburgring 24H, is a gargantuan feat that we will take on with Nismo and the Nissan GT-R. We’re also pleased to confirm that our IGTC stars Edoardo Liberati and Josh Burdon, alongside our Dubai 24 Hour driver Philipp Wlazik, will be part of our line-up as we tackle the notorious Green Hell. It will be a difficult and ambitious undertaking, but as always, we are up for a new challenge that pushes our boundaries and we are very much looking forward to our GT debut at the Nordschleife.”
Kondo Racing will race with Tsugio Matsuda, Mitsunori Takaboshi, Tomonobu Fujii and Twitter irritant Tom Coronel.
The team will race on Yokohama rubber and will be supported on their pit crew by a number of NISMO-Meister mechanics drawn from staff members from NISMO Performance Centres in Japan.