The Nissan brand will return to the British GT3 class for its first full season since 2014, with the factory RJN Motorsport team running a single GTR GT3 for Struan Moore and Devon Modell.
The new entry, which is backed by oil giant Motul, was announced at this morning’s media day season launch at Donington Park.
Former Formula 3 racer Moore returns for his first British campaign since BRDC Formula 4 in 2014. He has since gone on to race successfully in Asia in both single-seaters and GT cars, and last season competed with RJN’s factory Nissans in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
Modell finished as runner-up in GT4 back in 2014 alongside Andrew Jarman, and has since raced GTs in Europe and Asia.
The Nissan entry brings the GT3 grid to 13, shared across six brands. The bulk of the entry is Aston Martins, with five AMR factory drivers present.
An RJN Nissan came close to winning the British GT title back in 2012, when Jann Mardenborough and Alex Buncombe lost out in the season finale.
“We’ve missed being involved in British GT3,” said RJN boss Bob Neville. “Looking at this year it’s going to be hugely competitive with the factory Aston Martin boys in there alongside the other series regulars.
“But we’ve been running GTRs for a long time and know what the car is capable of. We’re not turning up to just chase the Aston works drivers, we’re going to get in amongst them and hopefully beat them.
“We’ve got a good, promising, young driver line up which will only get faster and progress as the season goes on. We’re definitely coming in looking to fight for the championship.”
Modell added: “British GT is unfinished business for me and I’m really excited to be back in the series. I learned a lot racing in the Asian Le Mans Series, Lamborghini Super Trofeo Middle East and UK LMP3 Cup. I know the competition in British GT3 will be fierce, but I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”