EVENT – SUPER GT ROUND 3 MALAYSIA 2013 – PART 2

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After a good night’s rest we got up nice and early to head on over to Sepang again on Sunday to bring you the final coverage of our 2 part coverage of  the Super GT here in Malaysia and coming early was certainly the right choice to make as Sunday is always more lively at Sepang for Super GT. We stored away our things at the media centre and grabbed our vests and headed out again for coverage and we decided to get a regular spectator’s perspective and see what they see. We took a Media shuttle to the main entrance and began our journey through the events and booths of which are packed with people unlike Saturday. JP Motorsports has placed much emphasis on the Off track activities; catering to Families and children in hopes of making Super GT the ultimate Family day out experience and one can certainly see the success in that, with families and children everywhere. Activities such as the Japan Town that was set up with a large collection of Japanese products like Toys and Gashapon machines, Rare and exotic cars on display are also in place to provide a truly interactive experience for people to grab photographs with their favourite Sports cars and really having a great time.

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After going through Japan town and the carnivals we made our way down to the Paddocks where the Pit lane visits were happening. This is where the people who purchased the Pit access passes can have the chance to get up close and personal with the Race cars, the drivers and of course, The GT Queens and the turnout was phenomenal. Some people purchased their passes and some people got their passes through Company sponsorship. It doesn’t matter how one got their pass or whether you’re male, female, young or old; everybody seemed to enjoy the pit visit with avid fans getting autographs and photos with the Drivers and girls.

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The GT girls and drivers were just so approachable which is the true spirit of Super GT, All the assisting members of each respective team handing out cool souvenirs like stickers, fans and notebooks to boost support for their teams; unlike F1 where normal fans and spectators can’t get as close as this to interact with their favourite Racer or Team. The next few photographs are of the GT Girls. Words aren’t necessary to describe the aura of beauty that radiates from each and every one of them.

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Amidst the pits regardless of the commotion from the fans outside the finer details of Super GT can be seen as parts of the car are removed for inspection or maintenance with the odd mechanic or two on his back underneath the car or reaching into the engine bay to ensure that they are all ready for the final blitz through Sepang. Some are just left to tick themselves cool as well as the drivers who are all trying to maintain sufficient energy and composure for the last race of the weekend.

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The Arnage racing Aston Martin’s cockpit is a true testament to the precision of Super GT. From the carbon fiber console to the wires neatly tucked away inside plastic tubing every aspect of each car is thoughtfully and skillfully mapped out to ensure that there are as little distractions as possible for the drivers when they are going full throttle against other cars.

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While walking through the pits the S.A.I money partners Lamborghinis something caught my eye; it was this pile of tyres with their surface completely melted, evidence of just how hard the drivers are pushing it out on the track.

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The large Brembo brakes on the V12 Vantage of Arnage racing, again a symbol of attention to detail and precision.

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The style that is increasing in popularity for motorsports livery Chrome Wrapping of the entire car or chrome decals of which are just amazing; especially on a car as legendary as the SLS AMG; every curve, every contour of the SLS enhanced and redefined by the wrapping.

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Aside from the Pit lane visits, the Largest Super Bike gathering participants were congregating on the main straight of the Sepang International Circuit, right next to the Pit lanes which is certainly the cherry on top of the Cake for everyone as the noise and atmosphere was just immense. An estimated 1300 sports and Luxury bikes all revving their engines and roaring in symphony right in front of everyone’s eyes; A true sight to behold.

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Alongside Super GT There were filler races as well for when the GT cars are preparing for the final race. The Racing Club 86 group, a fairly new entity in Malaysia that has a fleet of Toyota 86’s of various tuning styles organized a filler race right before the main Super GT race with 86’s piloted by local celebrities such as Tengku Djan Ley; The Prince of drift. The participants seemed to enjoy the car and Sepang’s 5000 Kilometres stretch of track; with one of the participants getting some power slides at the S curve section of turn 9 and 10 at Sepang.

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Right after shooting the 86 race we immediately made our way onto the main straight to grab some shots of the car in their respective positions on the starting grid and the atmosphere there was quite intense; with the excitement and enthusiasm from the fans and spectators along with the tense yet composed emotions from the drivers as they suit up, strap in and prepare themselves for the final race of the weekend and the only round of the Super GT season that is hosted outside of Japan.

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As the crowd is ushered off the straight before the final minutes of the race we quickly make our way to turn 2 of Sepang which is an S shaped turn that is positioned right after the main straight and it is at this corner where the most action of when the beginning of the race can be captured. After a few moments the National Anthem of Malaysia and Japan are played accompanied by the glorious roar of the cars starting their engines. Soon after we hear them screaming down the Main straight and I think to myself; “HERE WE GO”. It was absolute havoc; hundreds of camera shutters going off like its world war 3 and each and every photographer had one goal in mind; to sniper the best possible shot of each car. Now let’s take a look at some of the action!

 

The champions of the GT300 class were In fact hybrids; the Mugen CRZ and ARTA CRZ seen here leading the pack; a symbol of hybrids being the way of the future.

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Also in the GT300 class was the Subaru BRZ with the spectacular noise of its boxer engine harmoniously roaring together with the sweet noise of the blow off valve squirreling away. The BRZ was under intense pressure; battling for 3rd place against the ManePa Lamborghini and the Gainer Dixcel SLS AMG, cars that possess almost twice as much power compared to the BRZ. The Subaru did unfortunately make way for the mighty SLS but managed to retain a 4th place finish.

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THE ARTA HSV-010 of the GT500 class finishing 7th at the end of the weekend; A surprising result were the HSV-010’s performance this season, with the strongest finish at 5th position taken by the Raybrig HSV-010. The champion for the GT500 class this season goes to the mighty Calsonic GTR piloted by Tsugio Matsuda and J.P. Lima De Oliviera with a finishing lap time of 1’55.456. In second was the Zent Cerumo Lexus SC430 driven by Yuji Tachikawa and Kohei Hirate and the Keeper’s SC430 in 3rd piloted by Daisuke Ito and Andrea Caldarelli.

 

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The Epson HSV just making its way back into the race from the pits.

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The ARTA Honda CRZ; Champion of the GT300 class

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In second place of the GT300 class; The Mugen Honda CRZ

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The Motul GTR going full force

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The Good Smiles Racing (GSR) Hatsunemiku Itasha styled Z4 exiting the corner in style

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The Wedsport SC430. One of many Lexus SC430’s utilised in the race.

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The Eva Racer’s New and improved Car; the McLaren MP4-12C in the distinct Evangelion colours. The car certainly looks and performs better than it sounds which was quite silent and mundane; certainly confirms the clinical nature of the car as described by James May of Top Gear UK; “Perhaps the most benign supercar I have ever tried”.

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That’s all for this season’s coverage on Super GT Round 3 in Malaysia, I can conclude that the results were quite surprising, with the Hybrid cars clinching first and second position for the GT300 class and the HSV-010’s performance was unexpectedly Sub-Par. The GTR finally grabs a win and there were some intense battles over the weekend and overall it has been one hell of a ride and a truly unforgettable weekend. I hope you’ve enjoyed the read 7tuners; I have certainly enjoyed bringing the experience to you via this article.

The results for the weekend are as follows:

GT300

1 55 ARTA CR-Z GT
Honda CR-Z / J35A
Shinichi Takagi
Takashi Kobayashi
1:51’08.104
2 16 MUGEN CR-Z GT
Honda CR-Z / J35A
Hideki Mutoh
Yuhki Nakayama
2.089
3 11 GAINER DIXCEL SLS
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 / M159
Katsuyuki Hiranaka
Bjorn Wirdheim
21.509
4 61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT
SUBARU BRZ GT300 / EJ20
Tetsuya Yamano
Kota Sasaki
30.643
5 88 ManePa LAMBORGHINI GT3
GALLARDO GT3 / CEH
Manabu Orido
Takayuki Aoki
39.268
6 4 GSR HATSUNEMIKU BMW
BMW Z4 GT3 / P65B44
Nobuteru Taniguchi
Tatsuya Kataoka
51.607
7 10 GAINER Rn-SPORTS DIXCEL SLS
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 / M159
Tetsuya Tanaka
Masayuki Ueda
58.6
8 62 LEON SLS
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 / M159
Haruki Kurosawa
Tsubasa Kurosawa
59.747
9 86 CRYSTAL CROCO LAMBORGHINI GT3
GALLARDO GT3 / CEH
Kouji Yamanishi
Shinya Hosokawa
1’13.270
10 3 S Road NDDP GT-R
NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 / VR38DETT
Kazuki Hoshino
Daiki Sasaki
1Lap
11 0 ENDLESS TAISAN PORSCHE
PORSCHE / M97/79
Kyosuke Mineo
Naoki Yokomizo
1Lap
12 52 OKINAWA-IMP SLS
Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 / M159
Hironori Takeuchi
Takeshi Tsuchiya
1Lap
13 48 DIJON Racing IS GT-R
NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 / VR38DETT
Hiroshi Takamori
Katsumasa Chiyo
1Lap
14 21 ZENT Audi R8 LMS ultra
Audi R8-LMS ultra / CJJ
Akihiro Tsuzuki
Richard Lyons
1Lap
15 2 EVA RT TEST-01 PETRONAS MP4-12C
McLaren MP4-12C GT3 / M838T
Kazuho Takahashi
Hiroki Katoh
1Lap
16 5 MACH GoGoGo SYAKEN Ferrari 458
Ferrari 458 GT3 / F142
Tetsuji Tamanaka
Junichiro Yamashita
2Laps
17 30 IWASAKI apr R8
Audi R8-LMS ultra / CJJ
Yuki Iwasaki
Igor Sushko
2Laps
18 360 RUN UP GROUP GT-R
NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT3 / VR38DETT
Takuya Shirasaka
Atsushi Tanaka
2Laps
19 9 NAC KOUKAKUKIDOUTAI ARISE DR PORSCHE
PORSCHE 911 GT3 R / M97/79
Shogo Mitsuyama
Hisao Shigeta
2Laps
20 50 Exe Aston Martin
Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 / V12
Masaki Kano
Hideto Yasuoka
3Laps

GT500

1 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Tsugio Matsuda
J.P.Lima De Oliveira
1’55.456
2 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Yuji Tachikawa
Kohei Hirate
1’55.589
3 37 KeePer TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Daisuke Ito
Andrea Caldarelli
1’55.688
4 39 DENSO KOBELCO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Juichi Wakisaka
Hiroaki Ishiura
1’55.751
5 100 RAYBRIG HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takuya Izawa
Takashi Kogure
1’55.886
6 1 REITO MOLA GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Satoshi Motoyama
Yuhi Sekiguchi
1’55.844
7 8 ARTA HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ralph Firman
Kosuke Matsuura
1’56.185
8 18 Weider Modulo HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Naoki Yamamoto
Frederic Makowiecki
1’55.709
9 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Masataka Yanagida
Ronnie Quintarelli
1’56.336
10 17 KEIHIN HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Koudai Tsukakoshi
Toshihiro Kaneishi
1’56.468
11 36 PETRONAS TOM’S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuki Nakajima
James Rossiter
1’56.552
12 6 ENEOS SUSTINA SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Kazuya Oshima
Yuji Kunimoto
1’56.562
13 32 Epson HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ryo Michigami
Daisuke Nakajima
1’56.618
14 24 D’station ADVAN GT-R
NISSAN GT-R / VRH34B
Hironobu Yasuda
Michael Krumm
1’57.245
15 19 WedsSport ADVAN SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Seiji Ara
Andre Couto
1’57.427

 

 

words – Eugene Chan

Photography – Eugene Chan

 

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