LONDON - April 13, 2010: SRO Motorsports Group (SRO), promoters of the new FIA GT1 World Championship and Nissan today announced that they had reached an agreement that will see Nissan become the Official Car Supplier of the FIA GT1 World Championship for the inaugural 2010 season, with a further option for 2011.
Under the terms of the agreement, Nissan will supply four cars to SRO per event, with one of Nissan's high performance cars becoming the Official Safety Car at each event.
Having been awarded full world championship status by the FIA World Motor Sport Council, the FIA GT1 World Championship will visit 10 countries on four continents, and will feature iconic marques such as Aston Martin, Corvette, Ford, Lamborghini, Maserati and Nissan.
The 2010 Championship starts at the futuristic Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on April 17 and ends at the spectacular circuit built around a volcanic lake in San Luis circuit in Argentina on December 5.
The series features two, two-car Nissan GT-R teams, Sumo Power, run out of the UK and Swiss Racing Team from Switzerland. It marks Nissan's first move into an official FIA World Championship in more than 20 years.
CEO of SRO, Stephane Ratel said: “From the very first time we discussed the proposals for a GT1 World Championship, Nissan was right behind the idea and has been a very enthusiastic supporter ever since. We are therefore extremely pleased that we have reached this agreement, which will give Nissan a great global platform to showcase their range of cars alongside the full GT1 spec racing GT-R's. The Nissan GT-R is an iconic car all over the world and we are thrilled to see it competing at world championship level.”
Soichi Miyatani, NISMO President and Nissan CVP adds: “At Nissan the idea of the FIA GT1 World Championship is a very exciting one, seeing the GT-R on track in competition with these other world famous brands will be spectacular. With the strong global Television exposure in place we are sure that this agreement will be a key to us further enhancing the reputation and stature of Nissan's high-performance cars. It also gives us added exposure away from the on-track action as we look to reinforce the Nissan brand within this core car-loving audience on a global basis.”