Man City job swap

Futbolista por un día! Si, eso es a lo que nos dedicamos ayer en Manchester.

Nissan patrocinador oficial del Manchester City FC y también de la Champions League, organizó un evento en las increibles instalaciones del equipo. 

  
La idea fue que nosotros, los pilotos de Nissan cambiaramos nuestro mono de carreras por la equipación del Man City. Equipación personalizada! 

Bueno al grano, nosotros tuvimos actividades en el campo de futbol con expertos preparadores haciendo las tipicas pruebas que hacen para seleccionar y probar jugadores. Tuvimos que hacer pruebas de potencia física, técnica con el balón, yo ni idea pero lo disfruté a tope, también test de lanzamiento a porteria con sensores de velocidad y tiros de precisión. Mucha camara y muchas risas.

  
Tras terminar con el balón nos dirigimos al parking en el que teniamos montado dos pequeños circuitos totalmente iguales en el que ibamos a tener que formar equipo con super estrellas del Manchester City FC. Allí aparecieron cracks como nuestro David Silva, Mangala o Sagnes el cual iba a ser mi piloto para intentar ganar esta competición.

Tras el briefing y hacernos fotos con los futbolistas vestidos de piloto y nosotros de futbolistas, comenzaron las practicas en el circuito.

El truco y gran aliciente de la prueba fue que el NISMO Juke RS que pilotamos, tenia montados unos neumáticos de plástico en el tren trasero que deslizan una bestialidad. 

   
   
Pronto comenzaron las risas al ver como trompeabamos constantemente con Sagna al volante, casí llega al punto de desesperación pero tras convencerle de que cuando driftara (derrapara) en vez de soltar el acelerador y frenar, tuviese que acelerar más al ser FWD (tracción delantera) y así ayudar a rectificar el coche, llegó a un punto de control bastante bueno! Y muchas risas! Ahí empezó a disfrutar. Pero en la carrera contra Mangala y Ricardo Sanchez, hicimos dos trompos lo que nos dejó fuera de la final para luchar contra David Silva y Jann.

   
 Al final Mangala y Sanchez se llevaron el triunfo pero fue una pasada ver como todos disfrutaron. Siempre se aburren en eventos promocionales y aquí fue diferente, les veias la sonrisa en la cara y flipaban cuando les deciamos que ibamos a más de 300km/h en nuestros GT-R’s.

NISMO FESTIVAL 2015

Lucky to be here for 3rd time!

This year I will drive the NISMO GT-R D-STATION ADVAN GT500 #24 the car I drove in the first 3 rounds of 2015 Super GT

   
    
 

Hot and tough race in Thailand!!

Hi everyone!

After 2 days at home resting from Le Mans race I flew to Bangkok to attend the 3rd round of Super GT. 

We had a long trip from Bangkok to Buriram by van. 6 h with a crazy Thai driver!

  

     


On Friday we had some work with the engineers, track walk under a very very hot sun and drivers briefing. 

     

On Saturday things looked really promising with very good pace from all 4 NISMO cars on top. Car was fantastic to drive in our Yokohama Tires. 

In qualifying things changed completely. Our balance turned to oversteer everywhere making really hard to predict the car on entry of the corners so I ended Q1 in P14 after expecting a Top5! Very disappointing result but I knew it was because of the extremely hight track temperature, over 63 degrees.

The race was another big disappointment as I started the race feeling a great balance car as the tires were getting the optimal temperature but suddenly I lost power in lap 3 making us to retire from the race with a turbo problem.

  
This is it I enjoyed & love #SuperGT we did our best! Wish a successful end of season to #Kondo @daikiwolf23 @MichaelKrumm 

  
 Thanks a lot to NISMO and Kondo Racing for the opportunity and hope to come back next year. 

Le Mans 24h 2015

Our plan for this years 24h of Le Mans was to come, learn and develope for the future. 

  
In qualifying things went Ok for us. I had to push halfway the session in medium compound setting a 3.38.6 I was please with it but also dissapointed as I could get into 37′s in my last pushing lap, until Got a yellow flag at Indianapolis. Then my team mate Tsugio went in soft tires at the end of the session but he had traffic issues and could not improve.
  
We had to start from the back of LMP cars but Harry, Jann and me were calm to keep an easy pace at the beginning. It was a 24h race and nobody wins it in the first hours. 

   
It was my 5th time at LM but my first start, a lot of responsibility but I just did my job. Drive following Harry’s #22 car and providing the best info we could to our engineers. It felt more a test than a race for us, except passing the LMP2 cars on the straights. 

 

I did 3 stints having some fun, in the first one with Harry in front of me but he pitted one lap before us and once I got out from my pit for fuel, my left hand door opened suddenly! I tried to close it down Mulsanne straight but with belts on I could not reach it so I decided to drive slowly back to pits to not make anymore damage, then I made a full second stint then front tire grip issues came at the end of my 3rd stint but was great to talk to Marc (Gene) after my run and hearing from him that I did exactly what I had to do with a good pace. 

   

Then was the turn for Mark and Tsugio but just after a mega effort by the mechanics fixing some problems, Tsugio lost the front right wheel and he could not bring the car back to the box, so unfortunately we had to retire.

I know Is dissapointing but I have to say I’m really proud of my mechanics, engineers and all the 10 NISMO drivers (9+Gene). I think we all did our best. We learn a lot and we have now a lot of information to get back with a quick car on 2016.

Thanks a lot to all our supporters specially the ones who came from very far away like the Japanese! ありがとうございます!!!!