Nissan will power 33 percent of the entire grid at Le Mans this year and today those 4.5 litre, 450 horsepower engines completed 1,431 laps of the Circuit de la Sarthe circuit – a total of 19,503 kilometres across the two x four hour sessions.
French ace Tristan Gommendy topped the times for Eurasia Motorsport aboard their Nissan-powered Oreca chassis.
The Signatech Alpine squad was second fastest today ahead of the G-Drive Racing No.26 Oreca entry.
Nissan’s back-to-back Super GT Championship-winning ace Tsugio Matsuda returned to Le Mans yesterday to prepare to race with last year’s LM P2 race winners KCMG.
Matsuda has made three previous race starts with KCMG, finishing second at Silverstone in 2014 and winning at Circuit of the Americas in the FIA World Endurance Championship the same season.
NISSAN AIMING TO CLOSE LM P2 ERA WITH ANOTHER VICTORY AT LE MANS
Nissan has been the dominant force in the LM P2 class since its debut in 2011 and the form of the NISMO-powered teams so far in 2016 continues to demonstrate that performance advantage.
The 2016 season will be the final year of competition for the VK-spec power plant with new LM P2 regulations kicking off a one-make engine formula next season.
Since making its debut at Sebring International Raceway at the opening round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Challenge, Nissan has won 61 out of 66 races in the ILMC, FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series – a staggering 92 per cent win rate.
Last season Nissan swept the FIA WEC championship with G-Drive Racing, the European Le Mans Series with Greaves Motorsport and took its fourth 24 Hours of Le Mans win with KCMG.
So dominant has the Nissan engine become in the FIA WEC, every team entered in the LM P2 class in 2016 has chosen NISMO-power.
In addition to the 20 cars lining up on the grid for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Nissan will also power all 22 LM P3 prototypes taking part in the “Road to Le Mans” support race scheduled for Saturday morning prior to the green flag for the 24 Hour.