The driver line-up for the DeltaWing's race debut in the Le Mans 24 Hours has been completed, with Nissan and NISMO Japanese Super GT racer Satoshi Motoyama being named as the third member of the driving squad.
The tripe Super GT champion will join Marino Franchitti and Michael Krumm at the wheel of the unique car, which has been given the slot on the Le Mans grid left over to showcase new technology.
Motoyama will test the car for the first time at Snetterton today (Thursday) as work continues to prepare for Le Mans in June.
“I am very excited about joining the Nissan DeltaWing project for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours and would like to thank Nissan, NISMO, Ben Bowlby, Don Panoz, All-American Racers, the Highcroft Racing team and other partners involved in the project for giving me this great opportunity,” he said. “For me, it will be the first Le Mans 24 Hours since 1999, but I am fully ready to race at La Sarthe this year.
”Nissan DeltaWing is very innovative and beyond any racing technical regulations; we will run in the discretionary "Garage 56" class at Le Mans, where no classification will be given. But there will be no disappointment and compromise, since our aim for this project is to prove this innovative racing technology and demonstrate the future of motorsports. It will be a truly challenging and exciting experience for me and the team.
“Along with Michael Krumm, my fellow partner in SUPER GT and Marino Franchitti, I am really looking forward to driving the car at Le Mans, and showing everyone what Nissan DeltaWing can do. As usual, I appreciate all the support from great fans.”