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Twitter revs up over Nissan V8 deal

THE news that Nissan will re-enter motorsport in Australia after its decades-long absence has already prompted a stream of ribbing - and the odd compliment - from people surprised by today's announcement.

One of the first to respond this morning was fellow Holden stalwart and Holden Racing Team driver Garth Tander. His target was Kelly Racing driver - and a now big part of Nissan's V8 Supercars team from next year - Rick Kelly.

"So Rick Kelly, do you get a (Nissan) Pulsar as a new company car? Or do you get rid of your (BMW) X5 and get a (Nissan) Patrol?" he asked in a surgically scything tweet delivered this morning, three hours ahead the official announcement.

Former Top Gear Australia television show host and part-time Porsche Australia driving instructor Steve Pizzati was equally scathing about the announcement.

"Nissan to join V8 Supercars, eh?" he tweeted, again before the announcement was made official. "Which body, though? In Aus[tralia], Falcons and Commodores are taxis; in Japan, [it's] the Nissan Cedric!" he said in reference to the decades-old design of the sedan that dominates the taxi fleet in Japan.

Ford Performance Racing driver Will Davison was more complementary. "Great work ... bringing Nissan into V8 Supercars," he said. "Can't wait to take on Nissans in 2013. It's great for the sport."

He adds: "People get nervous with change but it can only be exciting. It won't change Holden versus Ford, it just means we now have another brand to beat."

TeamVodafone driver Jamie Whincup was also anticipating big things from the announcement.

"Nissan racing with us next year, great news, well done Kelly Racing for getting the deal done," he said after hearing the news.

Meanwhile, Holden Racing was miles off the pace. "Kelly Racing welcomes Karl Reindler and Fair Dinkum Sheds to the gang," it tweeted only an hour before the Nissan announcement, reflecting an announcement made the previous day.

However, it quickly updated its status to say: "Holden welcomes third manufacturer - bring it on!"

One commentator, though, was less complementary. "Shh ... don't tell anyone, but on behalf of the Kellys I can confirm that they will be racing in a Nissan Tiida," George Psihomanis said in his observation of the announcement on Twitter.



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