Treluyer re-signs with Nissan for Super GT title assault
Benoit Treluyer has re-signed with Nissan for an assault on the Super GT title as the Japanese manufacturer looks to reclaim its crown in 2010.
The Frenchman will again team up with co-driver Satoshi Motoyama in a NISMO-run Nissan GT-R, which will be equipped with Michelin tyres for the first time. It will be his third successive season with the works squad in Japan's premier motorsport series.
"I'm very happy to have re-signed with Nissan again," said Treluyer, who, alongside Motoyama, helped NISMO to the 2008 Super GT title and finished fourth in the drivers' standings last season despite missing one race. "I think the Nissan GT-R is the best car in Super GT and that we have a great shot at the championship.
"We had some bad luck last year and we were all frustrated to miss out on winning the championship. Although the standard in Super GT is extremely high and we'll have strong competition from Lexus and Honda again this season, we'll do everything we can to get our title back."
French tyre manufacturer, Michelin, made its return to Super GT last season and this year teams up with Nissan for what Treluyer believes will be one of the strongest partnerships on the grid.
"It will be a big change because during my entire career in Super GT I have never raced on Michelin tyres before," said Benoit. "Adapting the car to the tyres will be our biggest challenge this pre-season and we'll start out development work next week with a three day test in Suzuka. But I know just how good Michelin is as a company and how competitive its rubber has been in every category it has ever raced in, so I have absolutely no doubt that we'll have success together in 2010."
The nine-round Super GT season will begin at Suzuka on 21/21 March and will also visit circuits such as Okayama, Fuji, Sepang, Sugo and Motegi.
-source: benoit treluyer