NISMO AND QUINTARELLI THRILL DTM FANS WITH HOCKENHEIM SUPER GT DEMO
Super GT meets DTM at Hockenheim
Nissan Super GT ace Ronnie Quintarelli showcased the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 last weekend at the Hockenheim DTM finale in front of the German crowd.
The demonstration event was the first time manufacturers from the DTM and Super GT have been on track together. Championship promoters IRT (from the DTM) and GTA (Super GT) have been in discussion in recent years regarding jointly-developed technical regulations.
Quintarelli, driving the Motul-branded 2016-spec Super GT GT-R, did a 30-minute test session on Friday and two 15-minute high-speed demos Saturday and Sunday during the final DTM weekend of the season.
Former F1 driver Heikki Kovalainen also partook in the demonstration in the Super GT-spec Lexus along with DTM entries from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.
In addition, DTM cars will turn laps during the November Super GT season finale at Twin-Ring Motegi in front of the Japanese crowd.
"We were very happy with the Super GT machines demonstration runs at the Hockenheim season finale – especially with so many DTM fans," Quintarelli said.
"For me, of course, it was a great honor to drive the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500 as a representative of Nissan/NISMO.
"I would like to thank GTA and ITR for this opportunity and we would like to give them warm welcome when they visit us at our final round at Motegi in November."