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Nissan GT-R would struggle at Nurburgring now, says Kondo

The Super Formula and SUPER GT squad caused a splash when it took on the Nordschleife in 2019 using its GT-R, finishing ninth overall with Nissan factory drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Mitsunori Takaboshi, and also Tom Coronel and Tomonobu Fujii.

Kondo planned a return in 2020 with Matsuda, Takaboshi, Kazuki Hiramine and Joao Paulo de Oliveira announced because the team’s drivers, but was ultimately forced to withdraw because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

The team hasnt been back again to the Nurburgring since, with a return this past year made impossible because of clash with the SUPER GT schedule.

Next year there is absolutely no clash, raising the chance that Kondo could attempt a comeback if it could get yourself a car, having sold the GT-R it ran in 2019 to aero parts company Busou – which embarked on a now-suspended GT300 campaign in SUPER GT with Drago Corse.

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But, asked concerning the prospect finally months Suzuka SUPER GT round, team owner Masahiko Kondo played down the probabilities, and suggested that the GT-R could have trouble maintaining newer models just like the BMW M4 GT3 and Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II.

Its not decided if well go or not, Kondo said. Also, we dont have an automobile [GT-R] available at this time, as the one we found in 2019 was sold to Busou.

Even though we were to get it back, the German GT3 cars have increased their performance [since 2019] and I honestly dont think the GT-R can compete on equal terms.

“I dont think we are able to go there for the next time and say, were targeting a high 10 again.

As the last three editions of the Nurburgring 24 Hours haven’t featured any Japanese GT3 cars, the 2019 race featured three GT-Rs on the grid, with KCMG fielding two examples alongside Kondo Racing.

De Oliveira was section of the KCMG line-up at the ‘Ring that season, and currently campaigns the GT-R for Kondo in SUPER GT.

The GT-R remains well represented in Japan, with five cars currently racing in SUPER GT, but is absent from top-level European competition.

Asked by how he thought the GT-R would fare in a string such as for example GT World Challenge Europe, de Oliveira replied: That is something I have already been requesting from NISMO, to get a car running in Europe so we are able to compare it properly to the German and Italian manufacturers.

I must say i dont understand how it could fare. The GT-R includes a special character, so at tracks just like the Nurburgring, it includes a bounce to it, it doesnt ride the kerbs and also the German cars. That for me personally was a hardcore thing to cope with.

Additional reporting by Kazuya Minakoshi

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