It was a dramatic round 2 of the SUPER GT held at Fuji Speedway this weekend, with several full course yellows but, despite the commotion, the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT500 still came away with two top 10 finishes.
When the race began, Ronnie Quintarelli in the #23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R was maintaining a 7th placed qualified position but unfortunately ran into engine trouble in lap 3 and was forced to retire from the race. On the other hand, Katsumasa Chiyo, in the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R leapt from 12th on the grid to jump up to 9th place in the opening lap, and then further to 8th when the #23 GT-R retired. Nobuharu Matsushita in the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R moved up to 11th right at the start, but by lap 8 had dropped back one place.
Despite several full course yellows, the GT-Rs maintained their positions throughout the race and fought hard to move further up the order. In the final stages, after completing over 100 laps, two rivals dropped out of the fight due to technical issues and a penalty, which saw the #3 GT-R and #12 GT-R move up to 5th and 9th respectively. From there, Chiyo in the #3 GT-R fought off challenges from the rear and maintained his composure to pass the finish line in 5th place. With the #12 GT-R also taking the checkered flag in 9th, both cars have earned points in two consecutive races since the opening round.
Chiyo went on to say, “The team and my teammate did a great job, and I’m glad that we were able to carry the car all the way to the finish line. We were able to confirm the improved potential of the car and we will be doing our best to extract everything we have right from qualifying in the next round.”
In the GT300 class the #10 GAINER TANAX with IMPUL GT-R drove strongly from its 7th place grid position to finish 5th. The #56 Realize Nissan Automobile Technical College GT-R, which took victory in the previous round, fought hard from 26th place to finish in 7th despite 60kg in “success weight”.
The third round will be held at Suzuka Circuit, a strong track for the Nissan GT-R NISMO GT500, which won twice there last season.