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Nissan unveiled its 2018 motorsport plans in Japan on Saturday with the stars of the Super GT championship gathering at global HQ to meet the fans.
Nissan/NISMO enter the 2018 championship with an updated team and driver line-up, with NDDP #racing with B-Max making its GT500 debut as a team and Japanese Formula 3 champion Mitsunori Takaboshi ready for his first full-season of GT500 competition.
The No. 23 #nissan #gtrnismogt500 of #ronniequintarelli and #tsugiomatsuda begin their fifth season together as a pairing – the Italian and Japanese combination looking to score their third championship together."We've been teammates for so long," said Quintarelli. "I think over time the relationship has improved for the better and we are on the best terms now. We won the title in 2014 and 2015, and we were almost there in '16 and '17, so we know we can do it. Along with Tsugio, and the whole team, we're going to work very hard to try and bring that win home."
GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough begins his second GT500 season with a new teammate – young Japanese star and two-time GT500 race winner Daiki Sasaki.
"I worked with Sasaki-san two years ago in Formula 3 as a teammate," said Mardenborough. "He's really fast, and we're both the same height, which is useful in driver changes. In testing so far, we've been very quick, both of us the same speed. I'm looking forward to the season. In the test, the feeling in the car was a lot better. I really enjoyed driving the car. It was fun for the first time since Thailand last year. We found some new settings, learning different tires, and it was good. I enjoyed it."
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