After showing impressive wet weather speed in practice, Nissan Motorsport just missed out on completing a top ten result in last weekend’s Bathurst 1000 at Mount Panorama.
Three of the Nissan Motorsport machines made it to the end of 161 laps around the grueling mountain circuit. Two-time Bathurst winner, Rick Kelly, and co-driver Garry Jacobson led the charge for Nissan with a P11 finish.
Swiss racer Simona De Silvestro (teamed with Alex Rullo) tied her previous best Bathurst finish of P14. The No. 78 pairing started P26 and made up an impressive 12 places over the course of the race.
“That was a lot of fun. We had really good pace throughout the race, and Alex did an awesome job,” De Silvestro said.
“The car didn’t want to leave the pits after the last two stops, so we lost a bunch of time and probably would have finished just behind Rick.
“We recovered well with good speed. I’m really happy with the pace we had in the race.”
Andre Heimgartner and Aaren Russell finished not far behind the De Silvestro/Rullo car in 16th place.
The fourth car in the Nissan stable, Michael Caruso and Dean Fiore’s No. 23 faced an early retirement in the race. A brake bias adjuster was knocked during the pair’s first driver change, provoking an incident that caused significant damage to the car.
Ultimately, the car was retired with an engine issue after 69 laps.
The Supercars Championship next heads to the Vodafone Gold Coast 600, the third and final round of the Enduro Cup.