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Motoyama Tapped to Drive ZEOD RC at Le Mans

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2014 Le Mans Driver Satoshi Motoyama

April 16 – Le Castellet, France – Japanese ace Satoshi Motoyama will drive the Nissan ZEOD RC at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, alongside GT Academy winners Lucas Ordóñez and Wolfgang Reip.

In June the three will take turns piloting Nissan’s experimental race car out of Garage 56 for the endurance race at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Wolfgang Reip, Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Driver: Here we are at Paul Ricard to test the ZEOD RC.

Lucas Ordoñez, Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Driver: The new teammate we’re going to have for Le Mans 24 Hours is Satoshi Motoyama.

Satoshi Motoyama, Nissan ZEOD RC Le Mans Driver: Hello, my name is Satoshi Motoyama. I’m driving the Nissan ZEOD RC for the Le Mans race.

Ordoñez: Multiple Super GT champion for Nissan/NISMO, right now a driver in GT500 class.

Motoyama: I first drove at Le Mans in 1998, and it was a huge experience for me. The pre-qualifying was very competitive and tough, but I managed to qualify and that gave me confidence.

Two years ago I couldn’t finish the race, and I have unresolved feelings about that. So, this year I would like to get the checkered flag.

This is a world first for Nissan using electric power in this way (at Le Mans), and I am very happy to be a part of it.

Ordoñez: Really special teammate. I’m really glad that I’m going to work with him, such an icon for Japanese motorsports and for Nissan.

Reip: I met Satoshi Motoyama for the first time. It’s an honor for me to meet him.

Motoyama: The other two (Wolfie and Lucas) have a great deal of experience, and I trust them. I would like to help the other drivers and the team with my own experience, and I hope that we complete the race this year.

I drove the Leaf NISMO RC and I felt the huge amount of torque, and was impressed by the difference compared to a normal engine.

I am very excited and looking forward to driving the ZEOD RC at Le Mans this year.

The Le Mans 24-hour race is very popular in Japan, too. It’s huge worldwide and for me it’s the same. In the past many Japanese drivers have had good results, and I would like to be one of them, so I shall do my best.

I’m happy to have a chance to drive at Le Mans, thanks to Nissan, NISMO, and the fans.

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