Marc Gene named as Nissan’s first LMP1 driver

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Former Ferrari test driver, Minardi and Williams F1 racer and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Marc Gene has been named as Nissan’s first driver for its LMP1 program. The Nissan GT-R LM NISMO has been revealed during Super Bowl XLIX earlier Sunday night.

The Spaniard won the LM24 with Peugeot in 2009, co-driving with David Brabham and Alexander Wurz, and has most recently driven for Audi. He filled in for Loic Duval at last year’s Le Mans when Duval was injured in a race week practice accident.

Gene spoke highly of the car’s look.

“I like the aggressive look of the car, which is a consequence of a well-thought and different design, not seen before at Le Mans,” he said. “From the very first laps I felt very comfortable. I could feel the very powerful engine and high efficiency of the aerodynamics.”

Additional drivers should be named within the next month.