Nissan Racing GTSV8 SupercarsDarren Cox – Nissan Global Motorsport DirectorDarren Cox – Nissan Global Motorsport Director (2)

– Nissan global motorsport and performance division Nismo to enter factory Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour
– Nissan Motorsport V8 Supercar driver and two-time Bathurst 1000 winner Rick Kelly to lead driver line-up
– Nissan and Nismo announce new ‘Nismo Global Driver Exchange’ initiative, entering ‘Nismo Athlete Global Team’ in 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour

MELBOURNE, Australia / YOKOHAMA, Japan (17 July 2013) – Nissan Motorsport V8 Supercar driver Rick Kelly will drive in the Bathurst 12 Hour as part of the company’s new ‘Nismo Global Driver Exchange’.

Kelly, driver of the #15 Jack Daniel’s Nissan Altima in the V8 Supercars Championship and winner of the Bathurst 1000 in 2003 and 2004, will steer a Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 in the endurance event, entered and prepared by Nismo’s own factory team from Japan as the ‘Nismo Athlete Global Team’.

The decision by Nismo to contest the Bathurst 12 Hour is testament to the growing stature of this event on the world stage, as well as the impact that the Nissan V8 Supercar program has made as the newest addition to Nissan’s global motorsport activities.

Nissan Motorsport became the first new manufacturer to enter the V8 Supercars Championship in over two decades when it announced that it would re-enter the sport with a four-car factory team fielding Nissan Altima V8 Supercars.

“In selecting the Bathurst 12 Hour as a key part of our 2014 racing program, Nissan has further cemented Australasia as a critical element of our global motorsport plans,” said Nissan global motorsport director Darren Cox.

“Mount Panorama is one of the world’s iconic racing circuits and the Nissan GT-R has incredible history there. We are pleased to be at Bathurst with Nissan Motorsport in V8 Supercars this October, and then again with the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 next February for the Bathurst 12 Hour.

“Our Nismo entry in the Bathurst 12 Hour is an important part of our ‘Nismo Global Driver Exchange’ and we are excited to have Rick Kelly as an Australian element of this entry next February.”

It will be Kelly’s maiden start in the Bathurst 12 Hour, but the 2006 V8 Supercars champion has a wealth of experience at the famous Mount Pan