The lucky winners of the European and North American GT Academy competition were off to Pembrey, South Wales for the start of their driver training programme. Jann Mardenborough was not far from him own patch as his home city of Cardiff was just down the road and he was supported by friends and family. Both Jann and Bryan Heitkotter from California drove the Nissan 370Z race cars for the first time and did a good job with Bryan winning driver of the day on Saturday and Jann coming in third in the last race on Sunday and also winning driver of the day.
Next up for them is Donington 15/16/17 July making an appearance in the Dunlop Production Touring Car Trophy, and the time in between races filled with simulator driving experience, fitness training, karting practice and a visit to the British F1 Grand Prix.JUNE 2011 Round Up of News for RJN Motorsport
June was a busy month for the team kicking off with the Silverstone rounds of the GT4 European Cup then straight into preparations for the 24 hours of Nurburgring with an RJN designed, built and prepared SP8 Nissan 370Z with a 4 litre NISMO engine and a Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race car both in Falken Tyre colours.
Both cars showed excellent pace on the Nordschleife with an exciting driver line up in both cars of Sabine Schmitz, Michael Krumm, Tetsuya Tanaka and Holger Eckhardt in the SP8 car and Guy Smith, Kurt Thiim, Alex Buncombe and Duncan Huisman in the GT4 car. The GT4 running in SP10 category took pole position in the class and both cars finished having had an eventful 24 hours. The SP8 car finished 4th in class and 82nd overall and the GT4 SP10 car 6th in class and 93rd overall. Of the starting field of 210 cars, 73 were DNF, the consensus of the drivers was the race to the flag was more intense and aggressive than ever this year with many teams fighting for top finishes.
Silverstone GT4 Cup 4/5 June
As a one off appearance to support the Nissan GT1 teams of JRM and Sumo Power, the RJN GT4 Version NISMO car driven by Alex Buncombe achieved the car's first win after an exciting battle with the front runners. GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson qualified 3rd on the grid for his race and drove well to hold onto this place to the flag despite coming under intense pressure.
To read more visit www.gt4cup.com
Another Podium for Nissan 370Z SP8 car at the Nurburgring.
28th May. The RJN team took two 370Z’s to the 4 hour VLN race at the Nurburgring, the GT4 Version NISMO car entered into SP10 class with drivers Guy Smith, Kurt Thiim and Alex Buncombe, and the SP8 car driven by Holger Eckhardt, Michael Krumm and the experienced Nordschleife Japanese driver Tetsuya Tanaka. The SP8 car sporting its new Falken livery achieved a 8.59 lap in practice, and was performing well in the race when a broken throttle body caused a delay. The car continued at good pace and finished 3rd in SP8 class.
The GT4 car performed faultlessly in practice, qualifying and in the race with a fastest lap of 9.04 and on for a fantastic finish when a puncture after a very minor brush with a Clio dropped it to a 4th in class finish and 50th overall.
Bob Neville commented “ Both cars have a good chance of competing well in the 24H race next month, all the drivers are pleased with the performance and with a few weeks now to make some improvements I am feeling confident “.
Podium for Jordan – 2nd Place in Blancpain Endurance Series.
21st May. The Blancpain Endurance Series round 2 took place at Navarra in Northern Spain and the GT4 Nissan 370Z competed well with its drivers GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson, Alex Buncombe and Chris Ward. Starting 3rd on the GT4 grid, Alex had a fantastic start and had taken the lead in GT4 by the first corner which he held for 12 laps before dropping back to third. After the driver changes the car had an electrical problem quickly fixed in the RJN garage but emerged back on track in fourth position. Chris Ward set about chasing down and passing the Aston ahead and it looked likely that at the finish it would be 3rd, then the Lotus in 2nd place had a problem and the positions were reversed. The next round will be the 24Hours of Spa July 30th.
Podium in class for debut VLN race.
Nurburgring April 30th, RJN rolled out the latest addition to their Nissan race car stable, a 370Z designed for entry into the SP8 class of the VLN series and 24Hours of Nurburgring. The car showed good pace and finished 3rd in the SP8 Class. The car will be in Falken Tyre colours for its next outing on the 28th May in the 4 hour VLN race, but for this race it stood out from the field in neutral grey. Driven by Autozeitung journalist Holger Eckhardt, Frank Eickholt and American Le Mans star Guy Smith, his first race on the Nordshleife. Guy Smith will race in an RJN GT4 370Z Version NISMO car on 28th May alongside Alex Buncombe and Kurt Thiim, whilst the drivers of the SP8 car will be Holger Eckhardt, Sabine Schmitz, Tetsuya Tanaka and Michael Krumm. This will also be the driver line up for the 24 Hour race in June.
RJN Nissan 370Z GT4 took a 4th place in GT4 in the inaugural Blancpain Endurance Series at the famous Monza circuit this Sunday.The whole weekend was a close battle between the Nissan 370Z and the Lotus Evora’s. With 50 minutes of the 3 hour race to go the battle got too close as Nissan retook the lead, contact was made, which resulted in a puncture for the Nissan 370Z.Chris Ward, with new tyres, started to chase the Lotus down and was closing at up to 6 seconds a lap. Unfortunately he had to return to the pits with suspension damage which cost the team a further 2 laps and a place on the podium. The Nissan 370Z overtook two Aston Martins in the last lap as it charged back up the field – but this was scant reward for a very competitive weekend. All three drivers in the Nissan team held the lead. Alex Buncombe made his customary flying start and lead into the first corner. Jordan Tresson, the second year graduate from the Playstation and Nissan GT Academy, took the lead after 3 laps of his stint and was never headed again. Ward only lead for ½ a mile, but showed his resilience in his fight back. The GT4 teams head to Navarra in Spain for the next round at the end of May. The Nissan team expect another confrontation with Lotus, hopefully this time it’s not so close!
Japanese Earthquake 11/03/11
The team have departed once again for Zandvoort Circuit in The Netherlands for the SRO/FIA GT4 Balance of Performance test which takes place 21st and 22nd March.
Lucas Ordonez debut race in ILMC event at Sebring
The 2008 winner of the Nissan Playstation “Virtual to reality” GT Academy competition Lucas Ordonez, this weekend took a step closer to his dream of competing at Le Mans, when he and his Signatech team mates finished 2nd in class and 30th overall in Sebring 12Hrs. Many congratulations on a brilliant beginning.
Sportscarbattle Competition Nissan Germany
The three winners of the Sportscarbattle Competition run by Nissan Germany took part in the Winter Endurance Event at Zandvoort 5/6th March, driving a Nissan 370Z Group N spec RJN car along with a Journalist from the German car magazine Autozeitung. The three inexperienced winners and the journalist who was embarking on his first race since gaining his racing licence put in an excellent performance qualifying 20th overall in a field of over 40 cars and finished the 4 hour endurance race in 20th position. Congratulations to everyone on a very pleasing result.
January and February 2011
2011 has already been an interesting year and only two months of the way through. January saw the launch of the 2011 Nissan Playstation GT Academy competition in the USA for the first time and has had over 55,000 entries. The final winner will join a winner from Europe to gain their International C racing licence and drive in a 24 hours of Dubai 2012. The launch of the European competition is imminent. Visit the GT Academy facebook page below for up to the minute news.
RJN Motorsport will be racing two Nissan 370Z’s in the 2011 24 hours of Nurburgring, this will be the 5th year that the team has contested this endurance challenge. In preparation the cars will race in two VLN events on April 30th and May 28th. The driver line up is an exciting feature as ever, with Ringmeister Sabine Schmidt, Michael Krumm, Holger Eckhardt from the German car magazine Autozeitung and Japanese driver Tetsuya Tanaka in car 1, the British drivers Guy Smith and Alex Buncombe will join another famous ringmeister Kurt Thiim and the fourth yet to be decided in car 2.Nissan 370Z
RJN have developed through their Dunlop Maxx Cup Specification and GT4 race cars the following options for Nissan 370Z owners in addition to full track day preparation.
ITG foam air filter
RJN sport exhaust offering approximately 12 HP
Oil cooler kit
Bilstein dampers and springs
NISMO body kit (see GT4 race car)
Track day brake pads for standard callipers
Also we still offer full race and track day preparation and uprated parts for the Nissan 350Z
Final Race European GT4 Cup at Magny Cours
A wet qualifying session put the car 3rd on the grid for both races at Magny Cour, fortunately the weather cheered up for the 1st race and stayed dry. Jordan started the race and pitted in 3rd for the mandatory pit stop, Alex Buncombe took over the wheel and posted the race fastest lap 1:50:96 and took 2nd at the flag. Jordan Tresson the Playstation GT academy winner was delighted to revisit the podium and amazed at how far he had come since winning his seat in GT4 European Cup in April this year.
Race 2 was also dry with Alex taking the start and had taken 1st position by end of first lap. Jordan took over after the pit stop still ahead of the field but a mechanical problem forced an early retirement. Alex again took fastest lap of the race with a 1:49:43.
Britcar Silverstone 24Hour 2/3rd October 2010
RJN Motorsport have entered a Nissan 370Z GT4 car for the 24 hours of Silverstone this coming weekend. Driver line up includes the current GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson, the 2008 GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez, journalist driver Dickie Meaden and RJN regular Alex Buncombe. The car will be in endurance specification similar to the car entered for 24 hour Nurburgring in May this year.
The GT Academy series is back on Channel 4 Sunday 08.20 or can be watched on C4 on demand. The story of how Jordan won his drive in the GT4 European Cup.
GT4 European Cup catch up
Nurburgring round 4 and Algarve round 5Nurburgring at the end of August was a battle with the weather, mixing up warm sunshine with huge thunder storms along with a grid that included the well sorted Dutch GT4 Championship cars, there was plenty for our drivers to contend with. The cars showed some significant pace and the team enjoyed a couple of promising results.The Algarve also surprised us with thunder storms but generally bright sunshine was the order of the weekend. The pace shown in Germany continued and Jordan Tresson, who was driving alone for the first time, qualified his car 2nd for race 1 and 5th for race 2 and Lucas Ordonez, also alone for this event, was 3rd on the grid for both races. The results were 3rd and 4th in race 1, with a first podium for Jordan and 4th and 5th in race 2. Pleasing and steady results which give the team confidence of better to come. Next and last race of the season is Magny Cours, France 16/17 October.
Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup - August 28th & 29th.
The performance of the yellow Nissan 370Z Sports Maxx Cup spec cars continued to impress at Thruxton with Craig Currie finishing 3rd, 1st and 2nd in the three races and took fastest lap in the first two. These results gave Currie an overall third in the championship, in his first season of sports car racing. Craig Currie won his Dunlop Sports Maxx seat in a competition organised by Nissan GB for their sports car owners. The second car was driven by experienced journalist racer Peter Dignan who finished 2nd and 3rd in the first two races, a racing accident whilst in the lead ended his third race.
August 14/15th Brands Hatch
Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup
A hat trick of wins for Silverstone Chief Instructor Chris Ward, who joined the RJN team as a guest driver, alongside championship contender Craig Currie for the Brands Hatch event this weekend.
The Nissan 370Z Sports Maxx cars qualified in first and second place and Chris Ward went on the achieve three fantastic victories and fastest lap in each race, his team mate Craig, delayed by an electrical problem in the first two races, joined Chris on the podium with a third place in the feature race on Sunday.
RJN Motorsport is very pleased to have Rob Barff join their driver line up for the next round in the European GT4 Cup at Nurburgring. Rob was a judge and driver trainer in the Nissan Playstation GT Academy finals at Silverstone in February and will join the winner of this competition Jordan Tresson in RJN’s Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race car No.2 with Alex Buncombe to share car No. 1 with Lucas Ordonez.
24 hours of Spa 2010
New RJN Built Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO shows its class.
The RJN Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race car that was built just 4 months ago and has been intensively developed since then, showed its potential at the 24 hours of Spa Francorchamps race 31st July/1st August. With drivers Rob Barff, Lucas Ordonez, Chris Buncombe and Alex Buncombe it became obvious early in the week that the car was competitive and Alex Buncombe put in a 2.39.09 lap in the second night qualifying period to qualify the car on pole for GT4 class. The impressive pace continued with 17th overall in the Saturday morning warm up session.
The race began well with Rob Barff in the driving seat. With consistent lap times around 2.45 the car was moving up the leader board. Then the car stopped near Blanchimont with complete and sudden loss of drive and despite every effort could not be recovered to the pit garage and was consequently retired from the race. The problem proved to be clutch failure.
Bob Neville said” The Team and Drivers worked very hard to bring the car to such a competitive level and worked so well together that this early retirement comes as a bitter disappointment”. “The positives are that the car is looking in great shape for GT4 European Cup round at the Nurburgring later this month”. “I cannot think of another team at the 24 hours of Spa that raced a car built and developed entirely by themselves, and despite the result the team can be proud of the progress made with this new race car”.
RJN have never raced a car they have not built themselves.
6th July 2010
Paul Ricard GT4 & Goodwood Festival of Speed 2010
A team headed by Bob Neville went to Paul Ricard Circuit with two Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race cars, one having just been completed in the RJN workshops for GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez to drive in replacement of his trusty 350Z GT4 racer. The first car was built earlier in the year for 2010 GT Academy winner Jordan Tresson and Alex Buncombe. In nearly 40 degree temperatures the first race produced an encouraging 5th and 6th finish. The second race Lucas retired after an impact with an Aston and Alex after an excellent start, retired with a mechanical problem.
A second RJN team was present at The Goodwood Festival of Speed with the original RJN GT Nissan 350Z race car for an attempt to win the Hill Climb event. With very stiff competition in the form of a McLaren F1 GT-R, Porsche 911 RSR and Toyota Celica, the Nissan driven by Anthony Reid won its GT class and posted the third quickest time overall.
7th June 2010
The RJN Motorsport 370Z GT4 Version NISMO race car took to the track for the second time 32 days after its very first race at Silverstone in May. The car is showing its true potential with two solid points finishes at Spa, Belgium. Playstation Nissan competition winner Jordan Tresson and RJN regular driver Alex Buncombe scored a 7th place in the Friday evening race and an 8th in the Saturday race in which Jordan took a brief excursion into the gravel. The 370Z lapped the beautiful 7 km Spa Francorchamps circuit 4th fastest after its 350Z stable mate. Lucas Ordonez the 2008 Playstation competition winner had two hard fought races coming through to finish 5th and 6th. The drivers and team are looking forward to the next rounds at Paul Ricard in July.
Dunlop Sport Maxx Cup at Oulton Park. The RJN prepared Nissan 370Z Sport Maxx Cup cars were driven at this event by Craig Currie winner of the Nissan GB competition for new owners of GT-R or 370Z cars. Craig was joined at this meeting by Jethro Bovingdon, journalist. Some good finishes were acheived culminating with a win for Craig in the third and last race of the weekend. Well done Craig.
19th May 2010
A round up of the racing in May so far beginning with Silverstone 1/2nd May and the first event of the GT4 calendar which saw Lucas Ordonez the first GT Academy winner return to drive the Nissan 350Z and Jordan Tresson the current GT Academy winner join Alex Buncombe in the new Nissan 370Z GT4 Version NISMO car.
Things did not go to plan with two DNF’s in the first race, Lucas suffered gearbox problems and Jordan/Alex had a suspension failure which ended the race for both cars on the final lap. The second race fared only slightly better with Lucas making a good start but went wide at Copse rejoining in 7th place and staying in that position to the flag. Alex Buncombe took the start in this race and after moving over to avoid Michael Mallock’s Aston Martin as he was regaining the circuit after an off, Alex found himself on the slippery stuff and was forced to shortcut across the grass, unfortunately he also went through a deep puddle which forced water into the engine space after ripping off the under shield and caused the car to retire a lap further on.
Bob Neville says “Not many positives to take from this weekend but the 350Z remains competitive and the 370Z shows potential”.
The 370Z also raced at the Nurburgring in the 24 hour race on 15/16th May with Drivers Michael Krumm, Holger Eckhardt, Alex Buncombe and Andreas Gülden who took the place of Kurt Thiim just days before the race. Andreas is a race driver instructor at the Ring and a Ring specialist. The car behaved impeccably throughout free practice and Qualifying starting 58th on the grid. The weather was cold but clear on Saturday at 3pm as the race started the car was moving up the leader board, then developed a problem which resulted in an engine change. Once the car returned to the circuit it again ran smoothly and regained 60 places to finish 115th. Bob Neville said “ The race was as hard as ever it is at the Nurburgring with many cars from major teams not making the flag, our engine change resulted in a battle through from last place but of course we were never going to get a good position having lost the time. The 370Z in VLN spec running with the rear wing and front splitter was praised by the drivers for its handling and posted a fastest lap of 9:31. Without the engine problem the car at that pace would have finished well up the leader board, and all four drivers put in a superb performance”.
15/04/2010 The RJN Team will take their Nissan 370Z GT4 racer to Germany's Nurburgring to compete in a 4 hour VLN race on Saturday 24th April. This will be part of preparations for the Nurburgring 24 Hour race on 15/16 May, which will see the team competing for the 4th consecutive year.
The driver line up includes Autozeitung journalist and experienced Nurburgring racer Holger Eckhardt, former DTM Champion Kurt Thiim, the highly respected Michael Krumm and RJN driver Alex Buncombe.
15/04/2010 The GT Academy winners are approaching the final phase of their training programme and they continue to be inseparable on the track. The races this weekend will be a chance for them to impress RJN Boss Bob Neville. The pair compete together at Snetterton on Saturday in the Britcar Production endurance race. On Sunday they move to Mallory Park in the hope of gaining the 12th signature and that all-important international licence.
GT Academy winners begin their Training Programme at Snetterton
Luca Lorenzini and Jordan Tresson began their training programme in the 750 Motor Club Allcomers race at Snetterton this weekend. All went well and they added a signature to their race cards. They will be racing again at Pembrey 27th and 28th March in the Welsh Sports and Saloons Championship.
After five intense days of on and off track action, Luca Lorenzini from Mantova in Italy and Jordan Tresson from Villers La Montagne in northern France have been announced as the two winners of the GT Academy 2010. More hard work awaits the victorious pair who will begin an intensive driver training programme with RJN Motorsport to qualify them for an international C race licence. Only one of the pair will then be given the opportunity race a full season in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z GT car.
It was not an easy decision for the GT Academy judging panel that consisted of Eddie Jordan, Johnny Herbert, Sabine Schmitz and experienced sportscar driver Rob Barff. Irishman Daniel Collins and Spaniard Marco Calvo just failed to make the grade from among the final four. However, they could be proud to have emerged from an original 18 and, even more impressively, from among the 1.2 million gamers that entered GT Academy via the PlayStation®3 Gran Turismo time trial.
Press Release 13th January 2010
RJN MOTORSPORT DEVELOP GT4 VERSION OF NISSAN 370Z FOR 2010 SEASON
RJN Motorsport have developed the Nissan 370Z Version NISMO race car which will be available for the 2010 season onwards.
This exciting version of the 370Z is fitted with a VQ38 HR engine and a 6 speed manual transmission. The GT4 car having been developed by RJN with the technical support of NISMO.
"RJN are extremely excited about the development of this Nissan 370Z GT4 car. The car will be built by us to order for customers that wish to be competative in the growing GT4 category. We feel this appointment is perfect timing for us to build another race winning Nissan following on from the success of our 350Z in GT4". Bob Neville - Team Owner RJN Motorsport.
RJN completed a very successful season in GT4, winning the Teams Championship and 2nd in the Drivers Championship with Alex Buncombe and Lucas Ordonez. Ordonez is the first virtual to real life racing driver and first winner of the Nissan Playstation GT Academy 2008.
With plans to compete in the 2010 European GT4 Cup, RJN will also support other teams that are competing with the 370Z throughout Europe with parts and technical expertise.
The car will be on display at the Autosport International Show at the NEC, Birmingham on Nissan Stand no.4001.
GT Academy 2010
GT Academy 2010 will go live on 17 December, 2009 and will use the virtual world of the new PlayStation® Gran Turismo®5 game to find a real-world racing driver. The stakes are high, with an intensive race training programme and a season-long drive in a full race-spec Nissan 370Z in the European GT4 Cup as the ultimate prize.
The competition falls into four main stages:
Stage One – will offer Gran Turismo fans a sneak preview of the hotly-anticipated Gran Turismo 5 game, due for release during 2010. Competitors will record flying laps on a time trial-based track available via PlayStation®Network, accessed through PS3. Unlike the first GT Academy, participants will not have to enter the competition using the GT5 PrologueTM game itself, and so even more hopeful racing drivers are expected to take part.
Stage Two – the holders of the twenty fastest online lap times from each participating country will qualify for their national final event. Tensions will run high as they battle each other on another exclusive Gran Turismo 5 level for the chance to move to the next phase of the competition.
Stage Three – twenty finalists, chosen from each of the national finals events, will head to the world famous Silverstone circuit for the GT Academy itself – a five-day, comprehensive race driver ‘boot camp’. They will have a chance to develop new driving skills in an array of Nissan, and other, hardware, while also being judged on fitness and mental attitude.
Stage Four – For the two competitors that display the talent, fitness, aptitude, drive and determination to succeed in motor sport, the action will hot-up even further. A UK-based intensive driving and racing programme will prepare them to qualify for an international racing license.
Stage Five – There is only one place available for the driver with the most potential to compete on an international stage. The overall GT Academy 2010 champion will race a full season in the European GT4 Cup in a Nissan 370Z prepared by RJN Motorsport. The opening race is currently scheduled for May, 2010.
The GT Academy competition is open to participants from the following territories: Austria; Belgium; France; Germany; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Portugal; Spain; Switzerland; UK; and Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. Also joining in will be Australia and New Zealand to make it a truly international promotion. This year’s rules stipulate that anyone who holds, or has held, a national or international race license will not qualify for GT Academy. This rule is aimed at maintaining the purity of the “virtual to real” concept.
Links for further information:-
See below for more on Lucas' progress in GT4 Championship 2009 and then get racing, maybe it will be you we are measuring for the seat in our Nissan 370Z Nismo Version GT4 car.
RJN Motorsport win teams title GT4 European Cup 2009
Algarve GT4 European Cup Rounds 11 and 12.
On Sunday 13th September Lucas Ordoñez and Alex Buncombe took a race victory in the last race of the season to secure second place in the European GT4 Cup championship. The victory also sealed the team title for GT Academy partners RJN Motorsport. The result was a clear demonstration of PlayStation and Nissan’s belief that true racing talent could be unearthed from among PlayStation’s legion of Gran Turismo® game fans.
Some strong results throughout the season, including three second places and a win, saw Ordoñez and Buncombe take their RJN Motorsport Nissan 350Z into the final round of the season six points adrift of series leader Joe Osborne. Their high hopes of overturning the deficit were dealt a blow by some dreadful luck. Despite their track time on Portugal’s stunning new Algarve circuit being severely limited by an engine change, Buncombe still managed to qualify on pole for race one. But luck went against the GT Academy team again and an electrical failure forced their retirement before the start. Second for Osborne was enough to secure the title with race two still to go.
Starting the second race from fifth on the grid, Ordoñez shot through to second by the first corner. Spectacular drives from both team-mates saw them take the win and head the tight fight for the second championship place.
Zolder Rounds 9 and 10 22nd August '09 GT4 European Cup
Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe took their first win of the season in spectacular style today. Lucas has risen from the winner of Nissan Playstation GT Academy last year with his prize of driving in the 24 hours of Dubai. He was then given the opportunity of joining ALEX Buncombe in GT4 and has proved to have an excellent racing instinct, improving at each race he has now stood with Alex on the top of the podium. www.gt4cup.com
Saturday 24th July Race 2
Congratulations to Lucas Ordonez and Alex Buncombe for a well earned 2nd place - they are now 2nd in the championship with two rounds to come in Zolder and Algarve.
Watch the action - Video of Spa Event
RJN Motorsport Nissan 350Z Chassis 01
Most successful RJN Race Car
The racing Nissan 350Z RJN Chassis 01 has added to its impressive list of achievements after the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Driven by a host of talented drivers including Johnny Herbert, Alex Buncombe, Rob Barff, Chris Buncombe, Neil Cunningham, Ben Collins, Carl Rosenblad, Carlos Tavares, Vincent Radermecker, Anthony Reid, Kurt Thiim, Holger Eckhardt, Richard Meaden and the GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez and competed in:-
24 hours of Spa Francochamps
24 hours of Nurburgring - finish
Nurburgring VLN 6 hour finishing 3rd in class SP6
24 Hours of Dubai 2008 finishing 21st overall and 3rd in class
GT4 European Cup since 2008 12 podiums including 6 wins
Goodwood Festival of Speed 2009 achieving a 7th overall and 3rd in class with an impressive 52.06 on the prestigious hill climb event
Bob Neville said "Chassis 01 has a special place in our Nissan Team which has been racing and rallying for more than 10 years but with 370Z arriving I suppose we must part with it soon".
GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED 3/4/5/ July
RJN Nissan 350Z reunited with Johnny Herbert.
RJN Motorsport will be taking the Playstation Nissan GT Academy 350Z that raced in Dubai to Goodwood this weekend where it will contest the famous hill climb event beginning on Friday for the practice runs driven once again by Johnny Herbert. Alex Buncombe will then drive on Saturday and Sunday. GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez will be driving a Nissan 370Z up the hill on Friday.
Long Way Down Nissan Patrol
The Nissan Patrol, one of two vehicles, prepared by RJN for the 2007 television series Long Way Down starring Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman has returned to the RJN workshop for a service and some minor repairs. The Patrol is in great shape and it was very exciting to see it again. One thing on the work sheet was a thorough clean so finally the African sand was washed away, although a pair of extremely dusty pants reputedly once belonging to Ewan are still cushioning a spare motorcycle tyre that is attached to the rear spare wheel.
Watch our racing 350Z in action visit www.nissan-350z.co.uk