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Mike Stevens | Mar 4, 2009

It looks like Godzilla is set to storm ensure responsible conduct on Aussie race tracks this year, with the news today that the 2009 Nissan GT-R will star as the safety car for this year’s V8 Supercar Championship.

Specially fitted with high visibility safety lights and decked out in the appropriate ‘caution’ livery, the GT-R fits the bill perfectly.

While the Safety Car position is generally held for brand new cars to get plenty of on-screen exposure, the GT-R isn’t struggling to capture the eye of potential suitors: Going on sale in April, Nissan’s new hero has already found approximately 150 new driveways to guard.

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Nissan Australia Managing Director, Dan Thompson, said the decision to provide a GT-R to the V8 Supercar Series was a popular one within the company (and a bit of a given, you’d think).

“Australian Touring Cars have enjoyed immense popularity through the years and Nissan is delighted to become a corporate partner from this season,” he said.

“As most Australian race fans know, Nissan has enjoyed a very successful track record in the past and this year we are very excited at again being part of the support action.

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Ironically, the GT-R’s presence on the track won’t be its first in Australian top-tier racing. It last appeared in the guise of the R32 GT-R Skyline; the one that Mark Skaife and Jim Richards drove, handing all-comers their own arses all around the nation.

“Just this week we heard about a new plan by the GT-R team to return to Germany’s Nurburgring in April where the GT-R already holds a lap record for the fastest production car at the circuit – a scorching 7m 29 secs.

And with the latest 2009 GT-R now in play, Nissan’s Chief Test Driver Toshio Suzuki will have his sights set on an even faster lap time,” said Thompson.

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Nissan will also provide a new AWD Murano crossover at major Touring Car rounds as a Course Car.

V8 Supercar Series, CEO Cameron Levick said Nissan has a proud history in Australian Touring Cars particularly through the 1980s and early 1990s so it is

a welcome return for the manufacturer.

“There were certainly some mixed emotions back then and plenty of passion surrounding the GT-R. Now almost 20 years later Nissan is back again as a valuable addition to the sport and a fantastic new partner,” he said.

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