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Nissan to sit out 2018 Bathurst 12 hour

15 December 2017

Nissan will not field a factory entry in the 2018 Bathurst 12 Hour, the company has confirmed.

No GT-Rs were present on the 60-strong provisional entry list but it is understood that work continues in order to put a privateer car on the grid. Audi, Bentley, BMW, Ferrari, Lamborghini, McLaren, Mercedes and Porsche are all confirmed to take part in the race’s GT3 class.

It will be the first year that Nissan hasn’t entered a factory team in the event since 2014, despite Nissan Australia owning both the GT-R GT3s that competed this year.

“Nissan has a long and successful history in motorsport both overseas and here in Australia,” said a spokesperson for Nissan. “As part of our regular review of all marketing activities, we are evaluating all motorsport opportunities and how they fit into our sponsorship portfolio. As a result, we will not participate in the Bathurst 12 Hour race in 2018, but will re-consider participation in future events.”

Nissan Australia has previously invested heavily in the event, flying the British-based RJN GT crew to Bathurst to operate the cars, which were sourced from Nismo in Japan. Nissan is meanwhile yet to confirm the future of its Supercars programme beyond 2018, which is the last year on its current contract with Kelly Racing.

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