A Nissan GT-R will return to the top division of the British GT Championship for this year’s season finale at Donington Park, ahead of a potential full campaign in 2018.
A single car will be run by British constructor JRM, which has masterminded development of the NISMO-backed GT-R GT3 project since the car’s launch in 2011.
The 3.8-litre twin-turbo V6 car, which will run to JRM’s current GT3 spec, will be handled by Ben Green and Charlie Fagg at Donington, with both drivers forming part of a new Young Drivers Programme from JRM.
Green, 19, has been racing in GT4 for the last two years and has been a race winner in the Ginetta GT4 Supercup. Fagg, 17, is competing in the European GT4 Series with a Nissan 370Z GT4, and was part of the Ebor GT Maserati team that won both British GT4 events earlier this year at Spa-Francorchamps.
The last time British GT had a GT-R GT3 was in 2014, when Sir Chris Hoy raced the RJN-tended car.
JRM hasn’t competed regularly since the Blancpain Endurance Series in 2013. It is also a former FIA GT1 World champion team under the Sumo Power title and has raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It has since developed the Mini World Rallycross Supercar.
JRM’s managing director Jason King said: “Getting back on track with a newly built NISMO GT-R GT3 driven by a new young and talented team is what we have been waiting for.
“The past few years JRM has focused on our applied engineering and working with OEMs around the world. The time is now right to unleash the team and get back on track with a driving team, garage support and a car we feel has serious podium potential.”
Green said: “This is a big step for me, but it’s a natural progression and I’m really looking forward to testing the limits of the GT-R around a track I know very well, having won there [in GT4 Supercup] earlier this year.”
Fagg added: “JRM has a fantastic history in the sport and to be part of their GT3 comeback is a massive opportunity for me and one I am very much looking forward to. The car is very powerful and has good aerodynamic capabilities, so it will be quite an experience.”