The first race of the Super GT 2011 season was tough, as it is often the case at Fuji when the weather takes a turn for the worse. Usually when it’s raining over there, it’s raining a lot. As such, the race result was difficult to guess before the start since the rain added yet another level of uncertainty over the many unsolved questions arising for the first time the new cars, drivers and teams gathered to race at last.
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.
Time to go racing. The 2011 Super GT season has been impacted by the March 11 earthquake and will start one month late but looks to be a good year nevertheless. Before the cars take it to the first session next Saturday at Fuji, let’s have a look at the competitors , starting with GT500.
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
After the Formula Nippon, after the GT300, here are finally the big boys. The GT500 cars of Super GT were on each day of the Sprint Cup week-end the last race of all, eagerly awaited by the crowd who wanted to see those slick silhouettes and their star drivers running the 22 laps flat out instead of the usual strategy-driven team efforts of the rest of the season.
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.