As much as Audi dominates the LMP1 class at LeMans and across the globe in endurance racing, Nissan is coming to dominate the next tier down--LMP2.
With their open cockpits the drivers are more exposed to the elements and their top speeds are a tad slower. Still, a well crafted, well sorted LMP2 car can outrun a poorly run LMP1 effort and at speeds approaching 200 km/hour, LMP2 cars are no slouches either.
After a slightly disappointing start to the World Endurance Championship at Sebring earlier this year where one Nissan powered LMP2 car finished on the podium (the Lucas Perez, Oreca 03 bodied #49), teams turned to the track at Spa-Francorchamps for improved results and improve they did.
Nissan powered LMP2 cars took all three podium spots in their class and positions 8, 9 and 10 overall out of the 41 entries. A Zytek bodied Nissan (car #38, piloted by Simon Dolan, et al) was the winner in LMP2 with Oreca 03 bodied cars in second (car #25, piloted by John Martin, et al) and third (car #48, piloted by Jody Firth, et al).
Next up in the WEC series is the crown jewel, the 24 Hours of Lemans. This race will also see the competitive debut of the Nissan Deltawing project. Should be fantastic!