6 March 2017

GT Academy Graduate Matt Simmons confirmed for 2017 Blancpain GT Series

GT Academy Graduate Matt Simmons confirmed for 2017 Blancpain GT Series

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.


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.

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.