The team ended the day with a 16th place finish for the No.23 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 piloted by NISMO factory aces Alex Buncome, Lucas Ordóñez and Katsumasa Chiyo.
The No.22 entry of Matt Parry, Struan Moore and Matt Simmons finished 24th.
In qualifying Lucas Ordóñez kicked off the first segment by going fastest of all in the 55 car field for the second race in a row. Alex Buncombe’s run on a second set of tyres looked set to put the No.23 machine into the top six when he was 6/10ths of a second up after the first two sectors, only for a red flag to cruelly force the Brit to abandon the lap.
Ordóñez (starting P22) and Struan Moore (P14) started the race and both made strong progress forward. Both Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3s had stints inside the top ten only to be pushed back due to unfortunate timings of safety cars – hitting the No.22 entry particularly hard.
A late race drive-through penalty ruined the chance of a top ten result for No.23 after Katsumasa Chiyo was judged to have exceeded the maximum driving time by a mere 14 seconds.
“When I was in clear air I could get down into the two minute, two second pace which seemed like a pretty good race pace,” Buncombe said.
“Unfortunately half way in my stint I got told I had to do a drive through penalty because Chiyo was slightly over in his driver time.
“What I’d gained in my stint, I had to lose by touring the pit lane which is a shame. We ended up P16 so this was not our weekend here but I’m really looking forward to the next one at Paul Ricard.”
Source. Nissan/Photo. John Patterson