Nissan Close Out Successful WEC Season With Another Victory


Roman Rusinov celebrates high above the all Nissan LMP2 podium (Credit: Clement Marin/DPPI)

Nissan have continued their run of success with another victory in a “fantastic season” for the engine manufacturer.

The Six Hours of Bahrain saw G-Drive Racing take another victory for Nissan powered LMP2 cars as well as third place overall on the podium but they couldn’t stop OAK Racing taking the overall championship crown.

“It has been a fantastic season for us,” said OAK Racing Team Principal, Sebastien Phillippe. “After making a 1-2 at Le Mans our target this weekend was to win the championship. We are very happy that we have done this, taking a 1-2 in both the driver’s and team’s championships. I’m very proud of all of our partnerships, including Nissan.

“The start was pretty chaotic for everybody today,” he continued. “I was asking myself a lot of questions in the early stages of the race as our setups weren’t the best to make the tyres work well on the hot track. When night fell we were on the pace. The no. 24 Morgan-Nissan LM P2 had a great race and almost clinched victory. No. 35 [OAK] was running well within its capacities to score the points necessary to win the title. And no. 45 finished in the first five. We couldn’t have dreamed of better!”

It was also a good weekend for another Nissan backed programme, the Nissan GT Academy series saw another graduate debut in Nissan’s top flight racing programme.

Wolfgang Reip raced alongside fellow debutant Jon Lancaster and regular Bjorn Wirdheim in the #41 Greaves Motorsport Zytek-Nissan, putting in such a solid performance that Radio Le Mans gave him the ‘Spirit Of the Race’ award.

Nissan Director of Global Motorsport, Darren Cox, said: “It has been a real pleasure for us to watch the performances of our Nissan-powered teams throughout this year in both WEC and the European Le Mans Series. G-Drive Racing’s overall podium today was an incredible achievement and it is always good to see them win.”