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PostSubject: Nissan and Maserati set for return   Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:35 am

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Nissan and Maserati seem certain to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours next year after long periods away from the race.

Both manufacturers are hoping to take advantage of a decision by Le Mans organiser, the Autombile Club de l'Ouest, to allow the same cars that will race in the new FIA GT1 World Championship, to compete in the event.

The decision now means that the Nissan GT-R, campaigned in FIA GTs this season by Gigawave Motorsport, and the Maserati MC12, which has won the last four championships thanks to the efforts of the Vitaphone squad, are now eligible.

"If we get an entry, we'll be at Le Mans," said Gigawave team principal Nigel Stepney. "It is one of the teamís ambitions and we will do everything we can to fulfil the criteria required by the ACO."

The Maserati has previously been barred from competing at Le Mans because the ACO would not homologate the carbon-chassis car. However, having now accepted the FIA rules in their entirety, this is no longer an issue.

Michael Bartels, who has run MC12s since forming his Vitaphone squad, said: "We have been trying to go to Le Mans since 2005 and the Maserati board is very supportive of the idea of racing there. I would like to be there, but we have to see what we can put together."

The ACO said that it expects to have no less than 10 GT1 cars on the grid for next yearís race.

http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/79814

CT may not like the mazzas entering le mans. Suspect i like hopefully good on boards from different cars not just LMP1's
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan and Maserati set for return   Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:44 am

Good, I would like to see different sportscars at Le Mans.

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PostSubject: Re: Nissan and Maserati set for return   Fri Oct 30, 2009 6:03 am

there is still some doubt weather fia gt1 will race at le mans.

there are rumours of the Lexus LF-F might race if iot happens (formerally the LF-A)
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PostSubject: Re: Nissan and Maserati set for return   Sun Nov 01, 2009 9:04 am

I personally would love to see those types of cars entered at Le Mans, it will add some more variety to the race which has to be a good thing imo.
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