Nissan GT Academy against the big boys on BES


Since 2012, the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN was running the Nissan GT-R GT3 model in Pro-Am category efforts on the Blancpain Endurance Series, as the newest dadof the block, Alex Buncombe, has the task to mentor the newcomers from the gaming-to-racing program backed by Playstation, Polyphony Digital and Nissan. This kind of effort revealed some interesting drivers since then, like Jann Mardenborough, Lucas OrdoƱez, Wolfgang Reip, etc.

This year, things turn a slightly different route, as the RJN car steps up to the Pro category to fight for overall honours, in the quest to dethrone the current champions of Belgian Audi Club Team WRT. The two car effort turn into only one 2015-spec Nissan GT-R, with the drivers being Alex Buncombe, Katsumasa Chiyo and Wolfgang Reip.

Buncombe doesn’t need presentation as the British driver mentors the GT Academy boys, being the natural lead driver in any competition.

Reip is one of the “results” of the GT Academy program, and although the Belgian driver has three years of racing, he has a huge bag of experience, with podium finishes on BES and in the British GT.

Chiyo started racing with the GT Academy boys last year, and was the driver who brought the GT-R to glory on the Bathourst 12 Hour event realized last weekend, as he was driving the Japanese car with Reip and German Florian Strauss.


We will see them in action with the new Godzila only on March 17th and 18th, when the Blancpain Endurance Series will have the official tests at Paul Ricard.

PHOTO: Blancpain GT Series