Nissan's Russian racer sets sights on victory at Interlagos

G-Drive Racing's Roman Rusinov is ready to challenge for the LM P2 win in Brazil

This weekend’s ‘6 Hours of Sao Paulo’ heralds the start of the second half of the FIA World Endurance Championship season. The teams have had a two-month break since a particularly exhausting Le Mans 24 Hours and have arrived in Brazil refreshed, invigorated and ready to race. Nissan power has dominated the early part of the LM P2 season and one man looking to make sure that trend continues is Russian racer, Roman Rusinov.

Roman Rusinov and Mike Conway
Roman Rusinov and Mike Conway

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“We have been working hard since Le Mans and I think we are more than prepared for this race,” said Roman. “I love racing at Interlagos as it is a very technical track that suits my driving style. Last year our Oreca-Nissan was very fast there but we can never forget how close the competition is in LM P2.

“Our main target here is victory,” he continued. “We missed the win at Le Mans due to the problems with the number plate panels so we really need to be on top in this race. It's important for the team, for G-Drive and for Nissan. G-Drive Racing is a great team and we have every thing we need to be on top so that is where we will be aiming.”

Roman shares the no.26 G-Drive Racing entry with the rapid Mike Conway and John Martin. They face competition from the other side of their own garage from James Walker, Tor Graves and Robbie Kerr and of course from seven other LM P2 cars in Brazil.

Seven of the nine LM P2 cars will be powered by the Nismo-tuned Nissan VK45DE V8 engine at Interlagos. Oak Racing will field three Morgan Nissans, one of which will be raced by Nissan Ambassador Keiko Ihara. The team took a fantastic 1-2 finish at Le Mans and have taken podium finishes at every WEC race so far this year. With drivers like Alex Brundle and Bertrand Baguette on the squad they will be a force to be reckoned with in Brazil. Another racer well-known to Nissan appears in the No.41 Greaves Motorsport entry as ex-Nissan DeltaWing racer Gunnar Jeannette joins the team. Pecom Racing, winners at Spa, will also be fast so expect some very tight racing in LM P2.

The 6 Hours of Sao Paulo gets underway this Sunday at 12:00hrs local time (-5hrs CET).

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Series WEC
Drivers Robbie Kerr , Gunnar Jeannette , Tor Graves , Mike Conway , Keiko Ihara , James Walker , Roman Rusinov , Bertrand Baguette , John Martin , Alex Brundle
Teams Nissan Motorsports , G-Drive Racing , Pecom Racing , Greaves Motorsport
Article type Preview
Tags baguette, brazil, brundle, conway, graves, ihara, interlagos, jeannette, kerr, martin, nissan, oak racing, oreca, rusinov, sao paulo, wec