DUBAI, UAE – Nissan’s all-GT Academy alumni choice for a Dubai 24 Hour endured a bittersweet day in a United Arab Emirates after finishing eighth in category in a opening continuation foe of a year.
The Nissan 370Z GT4 – directed by Jann Mardenborough, Ricardo Sanchez, Romain Sarazin and new 2016 GT Academy leader Johnny Guindi – was simply a quickest automobile in a SP3 / GT4 class.
After subordinate second, Mardenborough jumped to an early lead and available a fastest path of a race – scarcely dual seconds a path quicker than a best bid of a contingent category winner.
However, a group suffered a series of misfortunes (on Friday a 13th). Issues with shop-worn dampers twice sent a automobile to a pits and an electric emanate and a four-lap stop to correct pile-up repairs after Johnny Guindi spun during a start of his initial stint.
The delays eventually pushed a former gamers 20 laps adrift of a category winner. The Nissan 370Z GT4 finished 511 laps over a 24-hour duration among a packaged 92-car grid. The Nissan was one of usually 3 cars in a category to record a time in a 2-minute, 10-second bracket.
Mardenborough’s fastest path of 2:10.180 was scarcely half a second faster than a subsequent nearest challenger, and all his 3 GT Academy teammates all incited laps in a 2 minute, 11 second range.
“The automobile mechanically is sound, though cosmetically it is a bit battered,” pronounced Mardenborough. “We kept it running, and a Nissan GT Academy Team RJN group did a unequivocally good pursuit changing dampers, regulating a shop-worn doorway and repair a contact. I’m gratified we got to a end, though it was not where we wanted to finish during all. My teammates did a unequivocally plain job. Johnny’s initial army didn’t go to plan, though he redeemed himself with his second and third stint, and to see him cranky a line – flashing a lights and thereafter for him to get out a automobile with tears in his eyes – showed it meant a lot to him. We usually had too many ups and downs. The automobile had a gait and a was unequivocally discerning – not usually a fastest path altogether in a category – though when we were using we were consistently faster thereafter everybody though we’d always strike issues. As a group we worked unequivocally good with a strategy. It would have been good to have been on a podium. Nissan has finished second and third in a past with this automobile and now we have a sights on subsequent year.”
New GT Academy Driver Guindi Bounces Back during Dubai 24 Hour
2016 GT Academy International leader Johnny Guindi went by an heated credentials duration for his general foe entrance during a Dubai 24 Hour, though there is zero like your “first day of school.”
As partial of a Nissan GT Academy Driver Development Program, Guindi tested and raced in lead-up events in both a UK and a UAE, though fasten a 92-car grid for your initial 24-hour foe was still a large plea for a 22-year-old Mexico gamer.
“I’ve never felt so many opposite emotions in usually 24 hours,” pronounced Guindi. “I’ve never felt as terrible as we did after my initial army in a car. we went out on cold new tires usually as a object finished to set, and usually 9 corners after – after a relapse in thoroughness and a set-back of incidentally branch a ABS off during a motorist change – we sealed a behind tires doing 235 km/h and spun into a Porsche. We were both means to expostulate off, though my mistake compromised his foe and apparently also my team’s race. we was so indignant during myself, not usually for a pile-up itself though also for not being means to get over it and settle into a stroke afterwards. we indispensable to get over it and rebound behind and my second army did usually that.”
While a opening path of Guindi’s general foe career didn’t go to plan, a Mexican ace bounced behind with clever performances in his subsequent dual stints.
“I went out on lane with 20 mins of night time to go and got to declare a morning over a march of a two-hour stint,” pronounced Guindi. “I was unequivocally happy with that stint. The path times were unequivocally quick and consistent. we done no mistakes and did good swell on throwing adult to a eighth placed car. The third and final army was simply about bringing a automobile to a finish. The prominence of a army was being given a extraordinary event of holding a dwindle to finish off a 24-hour race.”
Guindi became a second Mexican leader of a GT Academy foe final year, following a footsteps of his Dubai teammate, Ricardo Sanchez.
“I didn’t design to get romantic though we started great median by a final lap,” pronounced Guindi. “I still don’t know because we was great – maybe 3 months of work culminating in that impulse or maybe usually a feeling of finally truly bargain a source of everybody on a array wall’s common passion. This concludes usually a initial section of my journey, and we can do zero though wholeheartedly appreciate everybody concerned including GT Academy, Nissan and NISMO who make this dream possible.”
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