Nissan has announced it will not enter the first two rounds of the World Endurance Championship with its new GT-R LM NISMO, opting to focus on the Le Mans 24 Hours race.

The Japanese manufacturer has being running into difficulties while testing its new Le Mans machine in Sebring, and confirmed it will not participate at the opening WEC races at Silverstone or Spa.

In a statement from WEC's Gerard Neveu, the championship says it is fully supportive of Nissan.

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"Nissan is not the first manufacturer to miss the start of the season and they won't be the last. Toyota previously did the same and they are now our world champions," Neveu said. "To build a LMP1 hybrid programme is very challenging, it takes some time and we fully trust Nissan to be on the LMP1 grid of the WEC from Le Mans."

The Nissan NISMO LMP1 car has failed to recommence pre-season testing since it suffered engine issues with its V6 in Sebring.

The team will also miss the WEC prologue at the Paul Ricard circuit, scheduled for the 27-28 March.

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HMMMMM BTR100 you make a good point both of them have Hybrid Renault /Nissan V6 engines sounds real bad all of a sudden doesn't it ? I wonder if the Nissan will also sound like an Evinrude outboard motor like the F1 car does ? hope they get their act together Panoz never quite made it work well enough to win Le Mans