The Nissan Super GT GT-Rs finished in the top 10 in both the GT500 and GT300 classes as the series made their annual trip to Autopolis in the south of Japan.
In the GT500 class, it was the No. 24 Forum Engineering car of JP De Oliviera and Mitsunori Takaboshi leading the charge. De Oliviera started the race in the 13th position. Despite losing a couple of positions early in the race, the Brazilian driver recovered to the duo’s starting position by the time he handed the car over to Takaboshi on lap 31.
Thanks to quick pit work by the team, Takaboshi cycled up to ninth after stops were completed. The Japanese driver went on a charge through the field, taking the chequered flag in seventh place.
“The team’s work in the pits was really fast and that enabled us to return to the track in front of the other two GT-Rs. The tires also warmed up well,” Takaboshi said.
“I was able to raise our position in the midst of the chaos and the run at my own pace. Starting from the rear, although we weren’t able to make it to the top, I think we carried out the best race that we could have. I will do everything I can to display a good performance at Motegi as well.”
The No. 12 of Jann Mardenborough and Daiki Sasaki finished P11 after a pit stop issue, just ahead of the No. 2 in P13. Ronnie Quintarelli and Tsugio Matsuda finished P15 after their late-race charge was halted by a penalty.
In GT300, the No. 11 Gainer machine led the charge, finishing sixth after running much of the race in podium contention.
Super GT next heads to Twin Ring Motegi for the 2018 season finale.