Its that time of year again and we at 7Tune are certainly an excited bunch! Super GT Round 3 returns to Sunny Malaysia after intense battles right in the source of Super GT itself, JAPAN. Read more
After much anticipation and hearing the commercials on radio for the past 3 months, the day of Super GT finally came and boy were we an excited bunch. For me it was my first time and i seriously did not know what to expect but for Kevin he has been to Super GT in the past few years. All of us had problems sleeping the night before because of the excitement creeping on us; like a feverish disease and the blistering heat that is notorious here certainly did not do us any justice. Read more
Super GT, the most anticipated event of the year; especially for avid JDM fans and motor heads all over the world is drawing close and the trophy for this prestigious race was unveiled at an exceptionally stunning event last week of which was graced with esteemed members of owner’s clubs, car brand executives and many other local celebrities such as the beautiful Hannah Tan who was the MC of the day, and GT Queens Lu Shan of Malaysia and Toshimi of Japan. Read more
Super GT or 全日本GT選手権(Zen Nihon GT Senshuken), is no greenhorn in Malaysian automotive culture, as it has been hosted in Malaysia since 2000 and is back June this year, with an even more exciting line up of activities in store for all ages namely an indoor all japanese products bazaar, the largest exotic supercar meet in Malaysia and an extravagant car show, which is evident that Super GT is not only about serious racing, but about serious family time as well. Read more
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.
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.
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.
The catastrophic events of March 11th and their aftermath put most of the professional sport activities in Japan in a limbo just as many of the championships were going to begin. Motor sports were impacted as well, and test sessions and opening races were postponed in droves. This was of course the case for Super GT: the opening round in Okayama at the end of March did not happen and neither did the last test session scheduled at the same circuit for the 19 and 20 March.
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
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.
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.