KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG) finished 1-2 in the Pro-Am class of the ADAC Qualifying Race for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, while also scoring a top 10 overall with its pair of Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3.
Having utilised three VLN Endurance Series races to test and develop the Nissan GT-R, KCMG finally went racing proper with both its cars around the 25.95 km circuit to qualify for the Nürburgring 24 Hours, running faultlessly on route to a 1-2 finish in the Pro-Am class.
Paul Ip, KCMG Founder: “What an incredible result for KCMG. A 1-2 in the Pro-Am field is no easy task, but to have had a car in the top 10 and the other one so close to it as well, in what we know to be a hugely competitive field, it looks promising for the 24 Hours in June.”
After getting both cars inside the top 20 in qualifying, the order was jumbled almost immediately as changeable conditions at the start of the race meant several drivers came into the pits at the end of the formation lap to change from wet tyres to slicks. The #39 Nissan, being started by Christer Jöns, was one of those to do so.
It proved to be a good strategic choice as he was battling in the podium positions by the time he handed over to FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 racer Matthieu Vaxiviere.
2016 Porsche Carrera Cup Asia champion Nico Menzel consolidated a strong top 10 position during his stint, before KCMG’s Intercontinental GT Challenge driver Edoardo Liberati took over for his first racing laps in the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 around the Nordschleife.
Jöns was back behind the wheel for the final run to the flag, maintaining position before crossing the line ninth, with the Pro-Am victory.
Super Formula and Super GT ace João Paulo de Oliveira took the start in the #38 car and made his change from wets to slicks at the end of the third tour. He was battling to break inside the top 10 when he handed over to Philip Wlazik, before another of KCMG’s IGTC drivers, Joshua Burdon, took the wheel as they eased themselves up the order.
Christian Menzel put in a strong stint until Oliveira took over once again to see the car home, completing a 1-2 finish for KCMG in Pro-Am and narrowly missing out on making it a double top 10 finish overall by 0.6 seconds at the finish line.
Next for KCMG and the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 is the Nürburgring 24 Hours on 20-23 June, as well as the following round of the IGTC which is the Spa 24 Hours on 25-28 July.