RACING legend Martin Brundle flew into Wearside to test drive some of Nissan’s most extravagant cars.
The former F1 driver labelled the Sunderland plant “very impressive” after he travelled up by helicopter to spend the day showing off the company’s finest productions, including a GT-R and Juke-R.
He was also continuing the build-up to the Le Mans race in which he is representing Nissan during the summer.
Together with his son Alex, a 21-year-old racing driver, he is taking part in the famous 24-hour endurance race in June and will be driving the Zytke-Nissan LMP2 car.
During a break between driving, he spoke to the Echo about Nissan, the upcoming race and how the Formula 1 season is going.
Martin, who raced for McLaren and Benetton, said: “I’ve been round the track in a Nissan GT-R and the Juke GT-R, which are both very quick. I’ve taken some people round the track and frightened a few of them which is what it’s all about.
“The plant here is very important for the British motor industry and from what I have seen, it’s very impressive. It’s very productive and they have the whole electrical vehicle side as well.
“I’m really looking forward to Le Mans. To share that experience with my son Alex will be a real privilege. I’m not nervous but it’s a properly fast track so we’ll need to treat it with respect.
“Alex is building up his racing career and I’m still competitive so I’m really excited.”
The racer-turned-commentator recently made the switch from BBC to Sky in their F1 coverage and so far he is very pleased with how it’s going.
He said: “It’s been really brilliant and has been a great start to the season. Who would have imagined that Alonso would win the last race?
“I’m really happy at Sky, especially as we have our own channel.
“We had a great thing going at the BBC but I like to be out there and Sky are doing it. The quality of the production is great and I have been extremely impressed by it.”