Nissan has given its preparations for the Le Mans 24 Hours a boost with a test at the NCM Motorsports Park circuit in Kentucky, despite inclement weather conditions.

Choosing the little-known venue as its test bed due to its Le Mans-style characteristics, though bad weather would force the team to conduct much of its testing in wet conditions, the manufacturer - which returns to premier sportscar competition this year with a radical take on the LMP1 formula - was pleased with the progress made.

"Testing has been going well," said driver Harry Tincknell, who did the lion's share of the driving this week. "We managed some laps in the dry on the first morning but it has been mainly wet since then.

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"We have had the car running smoothly and are still learning masses every day. We have learnt a lot about the Michelin 'wets', especially our bespoke designed rear tyre, so it has been very useful."

Indeed, having scrapped its original planned debut at the WEC round in Silverstone in favour of concentrating on Le Mans, Darren Cox insists the GT-R LM NISMO is coming on well.

"There is still a long way to go but the car is really starting to look like a racing car now," he continued. "Every time we go out on track we find something new; it is a delight to see the car come on in leaps and bounds but nobody knows exactly where we will be until we get to Le Mans."