They may be two distinctly different race cars, but if it has a Nissan badge on it – we’ll want to race it. The Virgin Australia Supercars Championship and the Nissan Micra Cup are set to contest their latest rounds next weekend.
The Nissan Motorsport Supercars squad will head to Australia’s newest motorsport circuit “The Bend” in Tailem Bend, south of Adelaide in South Australia.
Supercars will make use of the 4.9-kilometer international circuit at the multi-layout facility located 104 kilometers south of the city of Adelaide.
Rick Kelly, Michael Caruso, Simona de Silvestro and Andre Heimgartner will contest two races over the weekend – a 24-lap battle on Saturday and a longer 41-lap race on Sunday.
“It’s always exciting when you get to race on a new purpose-built track. The whole facility at The Bend is super impressive,” Caruso said.
“The organisers of the event have really done an amazing job to get this circuit up and running in such a short time. Learning a new track is a fun challenge and not something drivers need to worry about that often. It should take only a handful of laps to wrap your head around it, but then probably the rest of the weekend to try and get the perfect lap in.”
Across the Pacific in Canada, the Nissan Micra Cup returns with its second visit to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
Olivier Bedard will be looking to extend his championship gap, having won six of the eight races held so far in 2018.
Bedard won the opening race of the season at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and also took a pair of wins at the most recent rounds on the streets of Trois Rivieres.
Bedard currently leads main championship rival Kevin King by 69 points on his quest for the title.