Nissan’s amazing victory run in international LM P2 prototype competition has come to an end with G-Drive Racing earning the honor of scoring the final FIA World Endurance Championship victory with NISMO power.
After scoring five race wins in 2011 in the FIA WEC’s predecessor, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Nissan debuted in the WEC when the championship launched in 2012. In the first year Nissan’s 4.5-liter VK45DEV8 engine won five of the eight races, but since 2013 Nissan has been unbeaten while recording a remarkable 35 consecutive FIA WEC victories in a row. In that time NISMO powered Oak Racing (2013) – SMP Racing (2014) – G-Drive Racing (2015) & this year was Signatech Alpine to championship success in the LM P2 class.
Nissan also powered the race victory in the LM P2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans for Greaves Motorsport (2011) – OAK Racing (2013) – Jota Sport (2014) – KCMG (2015) & Signatech Alpine (2016).
In European Le Mans Series competition Nissan also scored six consecutive LM P2 championships.
NISMO Global Motorsport Director Mike Carcamo said :
“We’re sad that our time as an LM P2 engine supplier has come to end in the FIA WEC, but after five seasons & thirty seven victories we are immensely proud of our involvement and grateful to have had the opportunity to power so many teams to victory. The fact that LM P2 was an open engine competition & Nissan has become so successful, every single team in this year’s championship chose NISMO power. Despite the rule change for next year Nissan remains committed to prototype-style racing through LMP3 competition. Our VK45DE engine will also remain available for teams competing in the Asian Le Mans Series”.
Two of this year’s LM P3 championship winning drivers – Mike Guasch & Alex Brundle of United Autosport – got to test LM P2 machinery in Bahrain after the final FIA WEC with Manor WEC. Brundle has enjoyed a busy season not only winning the LM P3 with Nissan power, but also drove with Roman Rusinov and René Rast in Saturday’s P2 win with G-Drive Racing.