Photo of the weekend


Photo coming from the Mount Panorama Circuit, at Bathurst, Australia, a place that never fails to give everyone some thrilling spectacles. Bathurst is also the place where Nissan made history with the GT-R GT3 model.

The Japanese manufacturer won the Bathurst 12 Hours event this Sunday, marking their first victory there with the GT-R GT3 machine, as well the first Nissan victory at Bathurst since 1992, when the Skyline GT-R R32 helped Mark Skaife and Jim Richards to win the Bathurst 1000. Katsumasa Chiyo, Florian Strauss and Wolfgang Reip brought the Godzila to the top step of the overall and the A-Am class podiums.

Proving that Bathurst has a special feature that calls thrill, all the guys on track were on fast pace all the time, like a long sprint race, what attracted some accidents too (and a poor kangaroo that crashed in a BMW). All the time the No. 15 "Kangaroo" Phoenix Audi R8, the No. 36 Erebus Mercedes SLS GT3, the No. 97 CRAFT-Bamboo Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and the No. 10 M-Sport Bentley Continental GT3 were the Godzila's main opponents.

In the end, the finish was decided in the last minutes, where a Yellow Flag caused by a Porsche Cup car made the victory contenders become together. In these final minutes, Katsumasa Chiyo, who was onboard the GT-R, passed seven backmarkers, and in the final Green Flag, he just passed the Phoenix Audi and the M-Sport Bentley in pure GT-R fashion: all-out power, put in the side and go away. After that, he just needed to go to the checkered.

This can be a sign of a good year, as the GT-R GT3 may be sending its bless to the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1.

PHOTO: Liqui Moly Bathurst 12 Hour