The Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 has climbed the podium for the first time in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this year with GT Sport Motul Team RJN claiming third place in the Silver Cup at Silverstone.
Ricardo Sanchez, Struan Moore and Jordan Witt took third in class in the team’s home race.
Silverstone is the home circuit for four of the six GT Sport Motul Team RJN drivers while for former GT Academy winners Sanchez and Lucas Ordóñez – Silverstone feels like home; this is the venue where they won their respective “gamer to racer” titles.
The result came after the No. 22 GT-R had to fight back from a penalty for exceeding track limits – the trio pushing the Nissan to the limit to chase their first podium of 2018
“I’m really happy to be back on the podium, especially at Silverstone,” Sanchez said.
“It was very tough, physically. I would say one of the toughest stints of my life, it was really hot and I didn’t put water in the car to save time on the pit stop.
“The guys did a mega job on the stop. The balance of the car was there and it was easy to drive and predictable. Struan and Jordan also did a great job and we can’t wait for the next round at Paul Ricard where the GT-R should be even stronger.”
The No. 23 Pro entry of Alex Buncombe, Matt Parry and Lucas Ordóñez pulled out a great fightback to cross the line in 16th place.
A qualifying penalty for “incorrect starting procedure after a red flag” actually forced the 2018-spec Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 back to P48 on the grid.
Buncombe impressed in the opening stint, gaining 23 positions before handing off to Parry. Both he and Ordóñez again excelled with the Spaniard actually reeling off a series of fastest laps right at the start of his stint.
The Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup now heads to the south of France to Circuit Paul Ricard for round three of the championship on June 1-2.
Source. Nissan/Photo. John Patterson