Nissan will provide engine and driver support to Onroak Automotive's development of the Ligier JS P2 sports prototype, the Japanese manufacturer has confirmed.

Mark Schulzhitskiy, the winner of the first GT Academy Russia competition in 2012, is currently at Estoril in Portugal carrying out endurance test duties in the JS P2, having made his LMP2 race debut at the Shanghai round of the FIA World Endurance Championship last year, where he finished fifth in class alongside Greaves Motorsport team-mates Bjorn Wirdheim and Eric Lux.

The extensive test programme for the closed cockpit JS P2 - the first racing car to be designed and built in-house by the team at Onroak Automotive - will provide Shulzhitskiy with useful LMP2 experience whilst allowing Onroak access to a consistent, hungry test driver.

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"I'm delighted with this partnership between the constructor Onroak Automotive and engine manufacturer Nissan, who are going to join forces in the search for the best possible performance," Onroak president Jacques Nicolet said, "It's an excellent association in the context of the development work on our new prototype."

The Estoril test is scheduled to continue until 27 April as Nissan continues to expand its involvement in sportscar racing underpinned by its commitment to the GT Academy and advancing the careers of its various winners.

"When Jacques asked us to support the development of the new Ligier JS P2, we were delighted to help," NISMO's global head of brand, marketing and sales, Darren Cox, concluded, "OAK Racing, working closely with Onroak Automotive, had a fantastic season in 2013, winning first and second place in FIA WEC with the Nissan LM P2 engine. We have enjoyed strong partnerships with our partner teams in the past and I look forward to working with Onroak Automotive on this project."