Whilst the majority of the WEC field opted to join Toyota at it's open private test at the Nurburgring, Nissan have successfully carried out a two day program in Austin where they had the track to themselves.
Nissan, who returned to the sport last time out at Le Mans, drew their test at the Circuit of America's to a close with a reported best lap time of a 1:59 for their efforts, and having tested several new components.
Unfortunately however, hopes don't seem to have improved after Nissan's worrying Le Mans showing as the GT-R LM Nismo, again running without it's Energy Recovery System as it did at Le Mans, could only muster a 1:59 best lap time, putting Nissan around 10 seconds off last years pole time set by Toyota and five of the time set by Rebellion Racing in the LMP1-L category.
The only positive news from the test seems to be that the cars refined suspension and FRIC systems allowed Harry Tincknell and Olivier Pla to ride the curbs with little worry; unlike at Le Mans where all nine Nissan drivers were advised to avoid the curbs at all cost.
Nissan will rejoin the rest of the WEC field for the 6 Hours of the Nurburgring at the end of the month.