Marc Gene previously worked as a driver for the rival Audi team.
2009 overall Le Mans victor (with Peugeot) and now former Audi LMP1 driver Marc Gene has been employed by Nissan to pilot their brand new prototype, which they plan to enter in the full WEC season and in the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Spaniard is the first confirmed driver of the program, Nissan doing so via the following video.
"I am delighted and very excited to drive for Nissan," said Gene. "I have always looked closely at Nissan and it’s motorsport programmes, especially at the GT-R activities and of course it’s road car models. Now to be competing with Nissan in the LM P1 GT-R in the most demanding and prestigious race in the world is something I am very proud of.”
I like the aggressive look of the car, which is a consequence of a well-thought and different design
“Nissan NISMO is a great team already. From the very beginning I have experienced a very good atmosphere in the team. The mechanics and engineers are all very professional and most have Le Mans experience."
"From my side, my experience in works teams will definitely help Nissan as I have already faced the challenge we are all now facing. Our goal is to reach the podium and ultimately win Le Mans. However we are all aware that at Le Mans there are no shortcuts and we will only achieve our goals with time and hard work, especially now that it is probably the most competitive Le Mans ever with four different manufacturers.”
Thoughts on the car?
“I like the aggressive look of the car, which is a consequence of a well-thought and different design, not seen before at Le Mans. From the very first laps I felt very comfortable. I could feel the very powerful engine and high efficiency of the aerodynamics.”