Nissan to join V8 Supercars
|By Mark Glendenning
||Wednesday, February 8th 2012, 17:41 GMT
Nissan will become the first manufacturer other than Ford or Holden to race in Australian touring cars in two decades when it joins V8 Supercars next year.
The deal, which is scheduled to be announced in Melbourne on Thursday morning, local time, will cover a four-car works entry run by Kelly Racing. Team owners Rick and Todd Kelly will drive two of the cars, with four-time Bathurst winner Greg Murphy and Karl Reindler completing the line-up.
Although the V8 Supercar era has been the sole domain of Holden and Ford up to this point, Nissan does have a pedigree in Australian motorsport. The Japanese manufacturer was one of the powerhouses of the final years of the Group A period, and Mark Skaife and Jim Richards claimed back-to-back Bathurst wins in 1991 and '92 at the wheel of a Skyline GTR.