Nissan team in GT Sport Cup has heartbreaking finish in Monaco

MONTE CARLO, Monaco – Nissan’s team in the FIA certified GT Sport Manufacturer’s Cup had a heartbreaking finish at the Monaco World Finals.The Nissan team was the red-hot favorite going into the eracing World final, as the three Nissan drivers were the regional Champions of the FIA GT Sport Nations Cup competition. Brazilian Igor Fraga won the Americas region, Ryota Kokubun won in Asia, and Mikail Hizal took the Europe/Middle East/Africa region.The three combined for a seven-lap endurance race driving the Sony PlayStation version of the Nissan GT-R GT3 around the Nordschleife. Inaugural Nissan GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez was on-site in Monaco as an expert commentator on the event live stream.”Nissan had the best lineup with the regional champions from the three regions, but the guys made a tactical error in qualifying by not pitting for new tires and they started seventh,” said Ordóñez. “The three guys did really well in the race and were fighting for second place at the finish but ran out of fuel about 500 meters from the finish line. It was such a shame because they had great pace in the race. I’m sure Nissan will be very strong again in next year’s championship.”While team Nissan did not take home a trophy, the individual drivers starred in the Nation’s Cup competition on Sunday with Fraga taking the overall championship ahead of Hizal.Fraga and Hizal – as well as Asian region Nissan runner-up Yuta Oishi and Nissan GT Sport Cup European final winner Patrick Blazsan – are all headed to the 2018 NISMO Festival in two weeks as guests of Nissan to reward them for their efforts in the inaugural World GT Sport Championships.The four gamers will be on-site to see Nissan’s Formula E car make its Japanese debut on home soil and will also visit the home of Polyphony Digital, the creator’s of the PlayStation Gran Turismo game.? @Nissan’s team in the @FIA certified #GTSport Manufacturer’s Cup had a heartbreaking finish at the Monaco World Finals.➡️ Read more at: https://t.co/AYwm6xOGDJ pic.twitter.com/92txgE0KBE— Nissan NISMO (@NISMO) November 20, 2018Is this it? @1gorFraga moves into the lead of the race and with it the provisional lead of the #FIAGTC! ??LAST LAP: https://t.co/7bzLSQ02LD #GTSport pic.twitter.com/gLEy218xJY— Gran Turismo (@thegranturismo) November 18, 2018Drama for TEAM @Nissan at #FIA @thegranturismo #Manufacturers #WorldFINAL Last lap at the #Nurburgring 24h track5 cars into Dottiner Hohe StraightNissan in P3 and run out of fuel into the downhill…? with 300m left! @1gorFraga @HizalMikail #Kokubun ? pic.twitter.com/am49kHENjQ— Lucas Ordonez (@Lucas_Ordonez) November 18, 2018Video hosted on Twitter may not play in Internet Explorer (IE). If the video above does not play and you are using IE, try a different browser. NISMO CalendarNovember 24-25 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Newcastle, AustraliaDecember 1-2 FIA GT Nations Cup, Sakhir, BahrainDecember 2 NISMO Festival, Fuji International Speedway, Japan ContactAnna Teslik Global Motorsport Marketing and Communications Manager Phone: +33 7 7614 7286 ATeslik@nissan-europe.comPaul Ryan Global Motorsport Marketing and Communications Manager Phone: +1 678 644 0404 paul@nismosupport.com For more information about Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.’s products, services and our commitment to sustainable mobility, visit Nissan-Global.com. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn, and view our latest videos on YouTube.Get more information about Nissan motorsports on NISMO.com.
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