Nissan to join V8 Supercars in 2013

ED JACKSON
Last updated 21:15 09/02/2012

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V8 Supercar drivers and Holden's boss have welcomed the news Japanese manufacturer Nissan will be joining the championship in 2013.

Kelly Racing and V8 bosses made the announcement that Nissan would back the four-car team from next year in Melbourne on Thursday, making them the first manufacturer to crash Holden and Ford's duopoly on the category with Chrysler widely tipped to also compete next year.

And rather than being dissuaded by Nissan's imminent arrival, GM Holden chairman and managing director Mike Devereux has welcomed the added competition.

"The new car market has changed dramatically over the past few years creating many challenges for local manufacturers," Devereux is quoted on the V8 Supercars website.

"Understandably, V8 Supercars has seen the need to alter its requirements to encourage more manufacturers into the category to keep it relevant.

"The introduction of another manufacturer does not waiver our commitment; in fact we are excited about the challenge and it will add yet another chapter to our proud motorsport history."

The news of Nissan's arrival also created a widespread positive response among the championship's drivers, with current title holder Jamie Whincup leading the way.

"Nissan racing with us next year, great news, well done kelly-racing for getting the deal done," Whincup said on Twitter.

2009 Bathurst winner and Ford Performance Racing driver Will Davison was also excited by the news.

"Can't wait to take on Nissans in 2013. This is great for the sport," he tweeted.

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