After a tough return to Le Mans, Nissan Motorsport takes the chequered flag[Not a valid template]
Few of you will need reminding that Porsche, after 17 years, has taken its 17th victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Or that Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg, in only his second World Endurance Championship race start, has won the most famous endurance race on the planet.
There was however another story at Le Mans. No no, not the Ford GT return – although that is awesome. It was in fact Nissan Motorsport’s World Endurance Championship debut with the GT-R LM Nismo and the company’s first official race start at Le Mans since 1999. Though it seemed unlikely the team would dominate – or even prove an enormous factor – in the race, fans around the world were still thrilled to see at least one of the three entries make the chequered flag after a long, tough enduro. “Hard lessons have been learnt,” says Nissan global motorsport director Darren Cox, “and we’re going to come out of this a lot stronger.”
And given that the last team to have suffered a tough Le Mans return just took the victory gallands, Nissan rivals may want to take heed of that statement in 2016…