NISSAN PULLS OUT OF SU­PER­CARS

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Those that hoped to see a GT-R fi­nally re­turn to the fa­mous moun­tain and blitz the field in Su­per­cars as it did back in the early ’90s will be dis­ap­pointed to learn that such a feat is un­likely to hap­pen af­ter Nissan Aus­tralia an­nounced that it’s to end its Su­per­cars in­volve­ment af­ter the cur­rent sea­son.

The end comes af­ter be­ing in­volved in the se­ries since 2013 with Kelly Rac­ing, run­ning un­der the name of Nissan Mo­tor­sport. The an­nounce­ment does not come as a sur­prise for some, af­ter Nissan pulled the Al­tima from its Aus­tralian show­rooms last sea­son and put for­ward no suit­able re­place­ment, caus­ing on­go­ing spec­u­la­tion around its fu­ture in the cat­e­gory.

Team owner, Todd Kelly, has con­firmed that Kelly rac­ing will con­tinue to cam­paign their ex­ist­ing Al­ti­mas next year, stat­ing that things will be “busi­ness as usual”.

“We’re fi­nally at a point where we’ve got a re­ally good pack­age and just a bit of mo­men­tum and per­for­mance.

“Our fo­cus is 100 per cent in the short term, mak­ing sure all of this stuff doesn’t af­fect the tra­jec­tory we’re on with the team and that per­for­mance.

Nissan’s with­drawal comes as Ford of­fi­cially re­joins the class, see­ing the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ford Mus­tang af­ter a three-year ab­sence for the au­tomaker. Mean­while, Holden re­mains com­mit­ted to the se­ries through to the end of 2019, with fac­tory-backed team Triple Eight, which in­tro­duced the ZB model Com­modore this sea­son.

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