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PRO Team

The goal of all JRM programmes is to create a pool of highly-experienced drivers that can use their skills to graduate to a full PRO car racing programme.

Sean Walkinshaw’s successes in 2015 enabled him to become a NISMO Athlete and earn a race seat in the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN squad PROAM car for its assault on the 2016 Blancpain GT Series, thus bringing him a step closer to the full PRO line-up.

Nissan GT Academy Team RJN is a championship-winning PRO and PROAM team that has a proven track record in the GT3 category, most recently winning the Blancpain Endurance PRO Cup in 2015. For 2016, Team RJN will run a PRO car in the full Blancpain GT Series.

The Nissan GT Academy Team RJN squad isn’t adverse to recruiting drivers from varied background and that’s great news for young drivers just starting their GT careers.

Briton Alex Buncombe joined the PRO team in 2015 and gained NISMO Athlete status after building an impressive reputation in other formulae, while his 2016 team-mates come from equally varied racing backgrounds. Lucas Ordonez won the GT Academy initiative, while Mitsunori Takaboshi impressed in Japan’s Formula Challenge series.

 

Driver Programme landmarks


2016:

Sean Walkinshaw is signed as a NISMO Athlete and graduates to the Nissan GT Academy Team RJN PROAM line up for the 2016 Blancpain GT Series.

2015:

JRM launches its first race driver programmes.

Sean Walkinshaw is selected for a multi-year development programme, based on his performance during evaluation activity at the Nismo Lab and track tests at Donington and Portimao.

Craig Dolby is selected as the PRO and coach, after a successful year of testing and coaching in 2014.

Martin Plowman is selected as the third driver and second PRO for the Endurance events based on his Platinum driver grading and highly credible racing experience in single seaters and sportscars.

 

Programme Achievements in the Blancpain GT Series

  • Podium at Brands Hatch, Blancpain Sprint
  • P2 qualification + fastest lap in both races + Top 5 in main race at Misano, Blancpain Sprint
  • Fastest lap at Moscow, Blancpain Sprint
  • P5 qualification at Nogaro, Blancpain Sprint
  • P4 qualification at Brands Hatch, Blancpain Sprint
  • P3 qualification at Nurburgring, Blancpain Endurance
  • Top 5 finish at Silverstone, Blancpain Endurance

 


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