Nissan Australia is pleased to confirm that 2015 GT Academy International winner Matt Simmons will return to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup this year for his second season as a professional race driver. Simmons will drive the #22 Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in the Pro Class, prepared by RJN Motorsports.
Less than two years ago, Simmons held a full-time job at Australia Post before turning his life around when he won the Nissan PlayStation GT Academy competition, granting him a full season as a professional racer. Simmons enjoyed an impressive debut season in Europe last year – including a solid seventh place class finish at Silverstone.
The #22 GT-R will share a garage with the #23 official NISMO factory-backed entry to be driven by Lucas Ordonez, Alex Buncombe and Katsumasa Chiyo.
This year, however, the challenge will step up, with Simmons and his new team-mates competing in the Pro Class of the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Joining Simmons in the #22 Nissan will be Welshman Matt Parry and Brit Struan Moore. Parry spent the 2016 season competing in GP3, while Moore raced in a number of categories, including Blancpain GT Series and Japanese Formula 3.