MELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia — official release — V8SC photo — Nissan Australia has extended its factory deal an additional year with Nissan Motorsport to race four cars in the V8 Supercars Championship until the end of the 2016 season.
The deal ties in with the expiration of the current category technical structure and potential 2017 changes that are being outlined in a white paper prepared for the V8 Supercars board by CEO James Warburton.
But Nissan Australia CEO Richard Emery says the company is more than likely to stay in V8 Supercars racing beyond 2016.
“More likely than not, irrespective of what changes they make, we would be likely to continue,” he told media at the Wilson Security Sandown 500 today.
Nissan backs the Kelly family-owned team to run four Altimas in the V8 Supercars Championship, two run under the Jack Daniel’s banner for team co-owners Todd and Rick Kelly and two in Norton colors for James Moffat and Michael Caruso.
Nissan and the Kellys joined forced with the launch of the New Generation V8 Supercars technical regulations in 2013. The team has won one race but struggled with both aerodynamic and engine power issues.