Nissan's Le Mans racer continues to improve


The three Nissan GT-R LM NISMOs finished Thursday's qualifying practice sessions at Le Mans in 12th, 13th and 14th positions in LM P1.  The #22 car was the top finisher in the hands of Harry Tincknell (GB), closely followed by Jann Mardenborough (GB) in the #23 car, which is the second full-time WEC entrant.
The three cars completed over 2,000kms during qualifying at Le Mans, gathering precious data and improving with every lap.


"We continue to make progress every time we go out on track," said Nissan's LM P1 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."
Harry Tincknell was on an even faster lap at the end of Thursday's final session but had to back off for yellow flags. The British racer was happy to report that many of Wednesday's problems have been solved.


Nissan completes final qualifying session at Le Mans

"Thursday was much better than Wednesday," he said. "I think I was five seconds faster in the final session so we're definitely doing something right. The boys were mega 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 team has a full day today to prepare the cars for the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours, which gets underway on Saturday at 15:00hrs.



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