Nissan GT-R. FIA GT1. Boycott over weight penalty?

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The Nissan GT-R is a monumentally heavy beast in road trim. Even with that added spare tyre we all know that it has the ability to shame more than just your average supercar. When Nissan decided to head out to race the GTR outside of the Super GT series in Japan they had to cut that weight and the monster Nissan was forced onto a crash diet. It is this that seems to be now causing them some issues.

As we know the first race in the FIA GT1 series took place in Abu Dhabi at the Yas Marina circuit last week. No the way the GT1 regs works means that all cars are levelled, so the FIA held a test session as they always do to equalise the performance between the varied machinery on the grid.

Ex F1 stalewart, Heinz-Harald Frentzen took each of the cars in the series for simulated race laps and based on his feedback the SRO then imposed weight penalties on the different vehicles. The Vette C6.R and Lambo Murcielago R-SV were each given 10 kgs of lead, and the Maserati MC12 was gifted an extra 25 kgs. The Matech Ford GT was left as is, while the suprisingly slugish Aston Martin DBR9 was allowed to run a larger air restrictor.

The Nissans, however, were given 30 kgs of extra weight, and as a result were unable to keep pace with the competition. They had been quickest in the test!!

Now with that in mind the two teams, Swiss Racing Team and British Sumo Power have stated that, unless the FIA readjusts the weight penalties, they won’t be participating! Strong words! Lets see what happens come Silverstone.

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