Othmar Welti and Erich Kolb have confirmed that Austrian driver Karl Wendlinger will pilot one of the teams new for 2010 Nissan GT-R cars in the FIA GT1 World Championship.
Welti and Wendlinger have worked together with success in FIA GT1 before, and Welti said about the announcement: “With NISMO, Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd, the team can rely on a strong partner; our goal is definitely top rankings in the World Championship 2010. Chances are very good with the latest GT racing car, the NISSAN GT-R and the most successful FIA-GT pilots.”
Alongside Wendlinger will be 23 year old Henri Moser. Moser has already made a name for himself in top line GT racing, having been crowned FIA GT3 European Champion in 2007 and took the honours in the 2009 ADAC-GT Masters series.
The teams second GT-R will be piloted by Max Nilsson from Sweden, who has plenty of experience with the team, having competed in the German Formula 3 Championship for plenty of years. Max proved that he counts on the right team after a strong showing in FIA GT1 in Budapest last year. The team are sure he'll achieve great results with him.
Nilsson's co-driver is yet to be announced, but it has a high level of interest in it, Erich Kolb said about this: “We have not made a final decision yet because we want to find an equally strong team for the second car. We get calls from pilots who want a place in the cockpit on an almost daily basis. However, we want to take our time to choose the right pilot.”
Having gained plenty of experience in GT1 Racing, The team is looking forward to the primary co-operation with Nissan Motorsports Co., LTD. The team had Japanese representatives, Mr Manaki Iwamoto and Mr Hiroatsu Hirata (Nissan Motorsports International Co., Ltd) to explain the concept of FIA GT1 to the visitors.