NISSAN CONVERTS MILES AT LE MANS TO RAISE £31,732 FOR ARMED FORCES CHARITIES
■Donation split between SSAFA, Afghanistan Trust and Mission Motorsport
The 14 Nissan-powered cars running at Le Mans at the weekend, including nine of the top 10 finishers in the LMP2 class, completed a combined total of 31,732.07 miles in the world famous 24 Hour race. Having pledged to donate £1 per mile completed by each of its cars in the gruelling endurance event, Nissan will now write substantial cheques to three worthy British forces charities - Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, Afghanistan Trust and Mission Motorsport.
The SSAFA Forces Help logo was given a prime location on the Greaves Motorsport Zytek Z11SN, which was driven by Martin Brundle, alongside his son Alex and Nissan PlayStation® GT Academy winner Lucas Ordoñez from Spain. The former F1 driver and Le Mans winner Martin Brundle brought the car home in eighth place in class after it had completed 2,879.34 miles over 340 laps.
The heroic Nissan DeltaWing completed 635.15 miles before contact with the Toyota LMP1 car forced the most pioneering motorsport innovation for a generation to retire after six hours of racing. The car has enjoyed an enthusiastic following of fans, captivated by its striking shape and pioneering mission to complete the race using half the amount of fuel and tyres of any other car on the grid.
“It is a fantastic achievement that nine of the 13 Nissan-powered LMP2 cars completed one of the toughest races in the world,” explained Nissan Motor (GB) Managing Director Jim Wright. “It was a shame that the popular Nissan DeltaWing’s time on track was cut short given that it was running so well, but we are very proud that the speed and reliability of our engines has helped raise a significant donation for three wonderful charities.”