Successful gamer-to-racer winners Jann Mardenborough (2011), Ricardo Sanchez (2014), Romain Sarazin (2015) and this year’s international winner Johnny Guindi will compete in the SP3-GT4 class aboard a Nissan 370Z GT4 entered by Nissan GT Academy Team RJN
Mardenborough completed a successful season in Japan in 2016 winning races in both Super GT GT300 and Formula 3 while Sanchez and Sarazin were part of Nissan’s Blancpain GT Series assault last year.
Guindi triumphed in the 2016 GT Academy International competition, beating rivals from his home country of Mexico plus gamers from Australia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand and North Africa.
The Nissan quartet will fight 20 other cars in the class in a massive field which includes 98 cars in total.
“It’s a massive grid in Dubai full of so many different types of cars, GT3 cars, GT4 and some slower cars as well,” Mardenborough said.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the GT4 car, the 370Z, with Ricardo, Romain and Johnny. I’ve partnered Ricardo in the past, but I’ve never raced with Romain and Johnny.
“I met Johnny for the first time during the GT Academy final last year and he was very impressive, and that’s why he was chosen.
“I’ve been training very hard during the winter, after last year’s season finish. So I hope to kick off my 2017 campaign with good friends, with RJN and NISMO, with a strong start.”
Cars will hit the track for the first time this Wednesday with qualifying scheduled for Thursday afternoon. The 24 Hour battle – will be live streamed on NISMO.TV – kicks off at 2:00pm local time Friday.
Race start: Friday, January 13
Dubai, UAE: 14:00
US Eastern: 05:00
US Pacific: 02:00