“We’ve Gone Faster with Each Session” – Ben Bowlby


On their return to Le Mans, Nissan NISMO might still be at the back of the LMP1 pack, but they are improving with each session. The GT-R LM NISMOs will start the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans from positions 12 through 14 in LMP1.

The top Nissan was the #22, with Harry Tincknell at the wheel. In thirteenth will be the #23, thanks to Jann Mardenborough‘s lap time. Finally, starting from 14th will be the Le Mans-only #21 car.

“We continue to make progress every time we go out on track,” said Nissan’s LMP1 Technical Director Ben Bowlby. “We’ve gone faster with each session, despite dealing with red flags, slow zones and changeable weather conditions.  We got some good dry running in today though and this has helped us a lot.  Remember that we are tuning the car for Le Mans and developing the car all at the same time.  We’ve got to the end of qualifying with three cars in one piece and a tonne of data so I’m happy with that.”

“Today was much better than yesterday,” commented Harry Tincknell. “I think I was five seconds faster today so we’re definitely doing something right. The boys were mega tonight as they changed the clutch for me in 30 minutes and in reality that should take an hour. It’s good to be the fastest Nissan and I was up on that final run so we are definitely headed in the right direction. We still have a long way to go but I’m pleased with progress.”

The race will start on Saturday afternoon at 15:00 CEST (14:00 UK time).