This coming weekend Nissan will bring its iconic GT-R back to the Spa 24 Hours race in Belgium, the scene of the firm's dominant win in the grueling event back in 1991 with the R32 Skyline GT-R Group A car. Since shakedown in December of 2008, the GT-R has completed over 10,000km of testing, including its pair of appearances in the FIA GT Championship, and is now fully prepared for its biggest challenge of the current season.
The new car's outings in the European-based GT championship are a precursor to a full assault on the series next season. Its recent entry at the Oschersleben (Germany) FIA GT event was a good simulation for the Spa 24 Hours and its notoriously changeable weather.
Belgium's Circuit de Spa Francorchamps is one of Europe's most venerable racetracks, with a history to match. The Spa 24 Hours was first run just one year after the famous Le Mans 24 Hours got its start, back in 1924.
Until 2000, the Spa 24 Hours was a race for touring cars, and made the switch to the more powerful GT category in 2001, since when it has also been a part of the FIA GT Championship.
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