More than 30,000 fans attended yesterday’s event which brought together the stars and cars of Nissan’s past and present motorsport activities from around the world.
Super GT fans are used to seeing the incredible support of the “Nissan Supporter’s Association” who can be seen waving Nissan flags in support of our teams at every event.
Throughout the festival, an exhibition was on display that detailed the 20 years of history of the cheering squad and NISMO CEO Takao Katagiri presented squad leader Takeshi Kurosawa with a certificate of appreciation along with a DVD containing messages from the drivers and team directors.
As part of the event’s closing ceremony, the championship-winning effort of the Threebond Nissan Technical College GT-R team in Super Taikyu was highlighted along with Nissan and Super GT driver Ronnie Quintarelli’s fundraising efforts for the “Pray for Italy” earthquake relief fund.
Nissan enjoyed another successful 2016 on the world motorsport stage winning five out eight races in Super GT in Japan, saying farewell to LM P2 prototype racing with championship wins in the FIA World Endurance Championship and European Le Mans Series as well as taking racing wins in major championships in both Australia and the US.
“We have shared many ups and downs this year. We would like to thank you all, our fans, for your unwavering support and will continue to strive to ensure that next year you continue to think that ‘Nissan is No. 1 in motorsports and road cars,” NISMO CEO Katagiri said.
The final event of the day – the NISMO Grand Prix – was won by the GT500 No.12 Calsonic Impul GT-R of JP de Oliveira and Hironobu Yasuda with Kazuki Hoshino the first GT300 machine across the line.