After a very windy and cold qualifying session, the weather took a turn for the worse today with non stop rain during all the race. It went for 60 of the 66 scheduled laps then was red flagged after the rain became unbearable and cars were spinning out left right and center.
The result of the first qualifying session of the Super GT 2011 season is everything but expected. This has much to do with the weather and the tyres, as the nice spring sunny day turned to a chilling gale and a gray cover as the session got started, then all bets were off.
As many cognoscenti will tell you, you come to Super GT for the GT500 but you stay for the GT300. The lesser category has a unique appeal, made of an entertaining mix of wildly different machinery, battle hardened pros, elderly gentlemen drivers, young hopefuls and improbable sponsors. Composition of this mix is shifting somewhat in 2011 as we will see in our preview of the GT300 lineup.
The Ferrari 458 GTC has been revealed last month by Ferrari during a snowy Fiorano shakedown. The car will replace the F430 in various endurance series around the planet, but, based on the past iterations of the Ferrari race machines, we did not expect to see it in Japan for a while. Our bad. The 458 GTC is indeed coming to Japan circuits, and very soon.
Are you up for another tour of the Nismo Festival 2010 ? As Adam was roaming all over the Fuji Speedway on the day, shooting away at the track and pits alike, I was doing the same on a slightly different timing and itinerary. Here is my take on the event to complement his.
I ran a minor marathon at the 2010 Nismo Festival today and in the process, I’ve put at least 25 more kilometers on the body and shed 3 kilograms! Fuji Speedway is a major feat for any photographer to try and cover but with so much on offer at events like the Nismo festival, it is physically impossible to get it all done yourself so for part one in a series, 7tune ‘togs will share their own experiences from the event the way they experienced it, starting with yours truly… Read more
The Fuji Sprint Cup has been breaking new ground in Super GT racing by separating GT300 from GT500, running sprint races (100 km) without driver change or pit stop and getting the races going from standing starts. This made for a whole new way of appreciating cars and drivers. We will have at first a look at the GT300 category, usually hard fought but often overlooked because of the GT500 happenings. Not this time.
On Sunday afternoon, in the little town of Motegi, there’s gonna be a showdown..Wild West style. The 2010 Super GT championship will come to its conclusion with a 250km race that will decide the champions for both categories. The weight penalty system has done its job this season, along with the unexpected cancellation of the previous race at Fuji thanks to a mighty typhoon and no less than 9 teams in GT500 and 6 teams in GT300 will arrive in Motegi with a shot at glory. With no weight penalty and a short track distance to contend with, pure speed will win the day in what promises to be a great race. Before we head to the circuit, let’s have a look at the contenders in both categories. Read more
I’ve never seen anything like it and neither has the Super GT organization either in the last 20 years. The freak Typhoon that battered the island nation of Japan earlier in the week knocked out Round 7 of the Super GT Championship and rendered the circuit, located in the small district of Oyama, inoperable until further notice – check out the crazy photos at the jump! Read more
It’s shaping up to be a great season of Super GT this year with the news that 13 GT500 and 25 GT300 teams have completed entry registrations.
[singlepic id=3806 w=587 h=392 float=center]Rounding out the Toyota Motor Sports Festival of 2009, I’ve just picked out a few more photos that I thought summed up the event nicely.
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Full event report from this year’s Toyota Motor Sports Festival held at Fuji Speedway.
For the hundreds of Subaru fans who made their way to Suzuka Circuit on the weekend it was hard to hide the disappointment upon hearing the news that the new Legacy B4 GT300 car would not be on the starting grid.