They’ve won the second longest race of the season by taking the win at the Blancpain Endurance Series 1000 at Circuit Paul Ricard and that victory helped Wolfgang Reip, Katsumasa Chiyo and Alex Buncombe and their #23 Nissan GT Academy Team RJN GT-R a long way to being third in the driver standings before the season finale at the Nürburgring. We talk to Wolfie Reip, arguably in the best season in his still young career.
“It’s already a great honour for me to be in the final battle for the title”, the Belgian says. “I never would have thought that one day I would be in this position. Winning the title would be a great end to an already amazing year, with our victory in Bathurst and Paul Ricard as certain highlights. I think we are in the position of an outsider, as we are nine points behind the leaders, but as we’ve seen so far this year everything is possible. Admittedly, Nürburgring isn’t our strongest track, but as we’ve noticed in the past the car handles very well in the wet. So let’s hope for some rain in the race.”
“As far as strategy is concerned, I think the only valuable one will be to give everything we’ve got and push like hell to win the race and the title”, Reip smiles. “I think my team-mates Alex and Chiyo will agree.”
“I am very grateful to Nissan Nismo, GT Academy and Bob Neville for the amazing opportunities they gave me the last three years and the title would be a great reward for them and the trust they've put in us.”