Nissan’s multi-class, multi-engine prototype program is in the midst of a busy two weeks around the world in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The ByKOLLES team scored its best-ever FIA WEC result at Spa-Francorchamps with a fourth-place finish by the Nissan-powered team. Tom Dillmann, Dominik Kraihamer and Oliver Webb crossed the line in fifth position but gained another position after post-race scrutineering penalised one of its rivals.
The team is scheduled to again test at Spa this month with it’s 3.0-liter turbo V6 – VRX30A evo.- powered entry before setting its sights on June’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Mid-Ohio, the Nissan-powered ESM team had a challenging weekend – crossing the line in ninth and tenth place.
The team’s day got off to a rough start on the opening lap with Johannes van Overbeek earning a drive-through penalty for contact and Scott Sharp also having to pit early after contact on the opening lap – fortunately not with his teammate.
The team will now prepare for the streets of Belle Isle, Detroit for the next round on June 1-2 with its GT-R GT3-based VR38 engine package.
Nissan’s LMP3 class engine will hit the track at Monza this weekend for both the European Le Mans Series and the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
The VK50 race engine is used by every entrant in the LMP3 class with a total of 40 engines powering a variety of LMP3 chassis across the two championships this weekend.