B12hr: we talk to the winner and hero of the race – Katsumasa Chiyo


SONY DSCThere was a hero of the 2015 Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hours and that man was Nissan’s Katsumasa Chiyo.  Coming into the final two laps of the race he was third.  Coming into the second corner of the second last lap, he was first

He made an amazing couple of passes, timing the restart perfectly to pass the second placed Audi and on the next straight he took the leading Bentley.

The Nissan had been fast all weekend but a crash in qualifying saw them get third and while they were there abouts during the race they didn’t seem to have the outright pace of the leading Audis.  This would not deter him as he forced his way into the lead.

It reignited the Nissan legacy at the Mountain, with the last victory being in 1992 with the infamous Godzilla.  His win was well received by the crowd, unlike in 1992.  This year he received cheers and adulation of the team and co-drivers.

This was his second visit to the Mountain after being here last year.  His race ended early after a heavy crash with the Clearwater Ferrari.

The Japanese driver was back.  A career in Super GT and racing in Japan would be put to good use with this team as his teammates were part of the GT Academy.

It was a heroic drive for Chiyo-san  – a deserving Bathurst winner.

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By Sam Tickell,  February 2015

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