New PlayStation hotshot drives ZEOD

March 3, 2014

New PlayStation hotshot drives ZEOD

March 3, 2014

Nissan ZEOD RC, Nissan ZEOD RCWith inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Lucas Ordóñez already confirmed to drive the revolutionary Nissan ZEOD RC at Le Mans, the Japanese manufacturer has locked in its most recent PlayStation hotshot Wolfgang Reip to join him at Le Mans.

In 2012, Reip won the European edition of the GT Academy program that takes virtual racers from their living room to the race track through the legendary Gran Turismo PlayStation game.

The Belgian made his race debut in the 2013 Dubai 24 Hours and was subsequently selected to represent Nissan in the Blancpain Endurance Series where he impressed as a rookie.

Nissan ZEOD RC, Nissan ZEOD RCReip’s speed aboard the GT3-spec Nissan GT-R earned him a seat for the Bahrain round of the FIA World Endurance Championship where he finished on the podium in his first race in a prototype for Greaves Motorsport in LM P2.

Reip has already tested the ZEOD RC and has been in action for the Japanese manufacturer contesting the Bathurst 12 Hour in Australia last month aboard a Nissan GT-R.

“I have tried to make the most of the opportunities I have had as a Nismo athlete and it is very rewarding that I have been able to do well so far and open up more great opportunities,” Reip said.

“It is a big responsibility that Nissan has entrusted me with this role so I will continue to take it very seriously and I really want to help Nissan and all the team to do the best job we can with this amazing car.”

“Le Mans is one of the most famous tracks in the world. I have had the chance to drive at Spa-Francorchamps and Bathurst in the past year but now to get the chance to race at Le Mans is fantastic – I’m really looking forward to it.

“All my life I have been dreaming about this race. I had the chance to visit as a spectator in the past couple of years and now to be able to drive on the track in the Nissan ZEOD RC is just incredible.

“I’ve already had the chance to test the ZEOD RC and it is something completely different to anything I’ve driven before. No one has tackled this type of challenge before and to be involved in such a project is amazing – I’m really proud to be involved.

“The development of the power train is a really interesting project. I have learned a great deal on technical side of things, spending time with the engineers and the team.”

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