TOP TENS FOR NISSAN IN WET AND WILD SUPERCARS GOLD COAST WEEKEND
Surfers Paradise, Queensland, Australia – Nissan Motorsport’s pair of top ten results in heavy rain on the streets of Surfers Paradise were the highlight of last weekend’s Supercars battle in Australia.
Just like at Bathurst, the NISMO crew showed that they can shine even in difficult conditions.
Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore finished as the highest Nissan in an impressive fifth place in race one. The duo battled through treacherous weather conditions on the 2.984 km street circuit.
Rick Kelly and David Wall also finished inside the Top 10, with the No. 15 machine, overcoming a small mistake early in the event and charging back up the order in the latter half of the race.
Nissan Motorsport just missed out on a pair of Top 10 finishes in the second 300km race at the Gold Coast 600. After the team's strong showing in the wet, the four-car squad endured a tough conclusion to the 2017 Pirtek Enduro Cup.
After a solid fifth-place result in race one, Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore looked on track to back up that performance. Unfortunately, contact with another car during the opening laps resulted in a drive-through penalty, dropping the Nissan Genuine Parts-liveried entry to 24th. The pair managed to work through traffic on the tight street circuit and come home in 15th.
"I’m still really happy with our speed. We didn’t finish race two where we wanted to be, but we had a great race one and had a great Bathurst," Michael Caruso said.
"I’m really happy that we can carry the momentum of a great handling car into New Zealand in two weeks.
"Big thanks to Deano for being a great co-driver across the three enduro events. He’s always a great addition to the team.
"The rest of the year is going to be fun. I love racing at Pukie, the crowd there are amazing. Then we go to Newcastle, which is set to be a wild finish to the year. The speed we’ve shown over the last few events should have us in the mix."