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SUPER GT Round 8 Race Report
The final round of SUPER GT, the MOTEGI GT 250km RACE took place on October 24th (Sunday) at Twin Ring Motegi (Tochigi prefecture; 1 lap 4.801km). The CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (#12 Tsugio Matsuda/Ronnie Quintarelli finished the race in 5th place. The MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#23 Satoshi Motoyama/Benoit Treluyer) was eighth, while the HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R (#24 Joao Paolo de Oliveira) ended in 10th. Under cloudy skies, over 32,000 race fans gathered at the rack for the final round of the 2010 SUPER GT season.

The #23 GT-R was qualified 9th with Benoit Treluyer taking the wheel for the start of the race. Setting a blistering pace from the beginning of the event, Treluyer was up to eighth position by lap 2, advancing to 7th on the next tour and making considerable gains to rise to 5th by lap 5. From this point he continued to move up, netting 4th place on lap 11. At just past the halfway point of the race, Treluyer came in to hand the car over to teammate Motoyama on lap 28, the pit crew quickly getting him back out on track. However, after all cars had made their stops he was 6th, and then made contact with another machine on lap 43. This lost him two positions. Following this, he protected his position to take the chequered flag in 8th place.

Meanwhile, starting from the 2nd row in fourth place, the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R of Tsugio Matsuda briefly dropped a position early on, but quickly recovered to 4th on the following lap after a car further ahead had to pit for a penalty. He was back up to 5th on lap 11, but held off destroying power by fighting for a higher position. With the aim of moving up, he made an early pit stop on lap 19 for the driver switch. While trying to increase pace, the car unintentionally slid off track on cold tyres during its out lap with Ronnie Quintarelli behind the wheel. This loss caused an unavoidable retreat. However, Quintarelli fought back to 5th place, the position in which he finished when the flag fell after 53 laps.

Qualifying 7th, the #24 GT-R saw Oliveira take the start. From the beginning, he waited for a chance to chase from 7th place. However, on lap 10 he was hit by the #8 machine, falling back to 10th. He soon recovered after the other car was given a drive-through penalty. Following this, he took maneuvers to delay his pit stop as long as possible, running top on lap 28 and finally coming in on lap 35. His teammate Hironobu Yasuda took over for the latter half, running in 10th and making no mistakes. He crossed the line in 10th place.

In the GT300 class, taking pole position was the TOMICA Z (#3 Kazuki Hoshino/Masataka Yanagida), which ran a lights-to-flag victory. With the win, the pairing moved to the top of the ranking, meaning they took the 2010 SUPER GT GT300 series’ title in both the Driver’s and Team championships.

– NISMO Team Director Yutaka Suzuki’s comment:
“In the opening stint, Ben (Treluyer) showed us a sublime drive as he picked off three competitors one after another. However, after that he was unable to up his pace, and it was the same for Motoyama in the latter half of the race. We must apologise for this result after receiving help from so many people. A problem developed in the drive system at the start of the year, and because of that our season with the GT-R got off to a late start. We were later able to gain influence little by little, but it was a harsh season as a result. It is our intention to sort out the car in the off-season and come back with a challenger that is the measure of our competition going into the coming year. We appreciate and ask for your continued encouragement and support heading into next season. Despite the current painful situation, I send warm wishes to all our fans and thank you all for your support. We truly appreciate it. Thank you.”

– #12 GT-R driver Tsugio Matsuda’s comment:
“To be frank, finishing this season in 5th place is frustrating. We were unable to mount a challenge for the title this year, but together with Ronnie we had our moments, and in that sense, it was a good season overall. Utilizing this and the development of the coming car, we would like to fight for the top spot next year.”

– #3 Z Driver Kazuki Hoshino
“In yesterday’s qualifying Yanagida pulled out a time that I just couldn’t believe on his way to taking pole. As the starting driver I tried to pull out as big a gap as possible before handing the car over to him. We ran without ever losing concentration and I’m glad to say without any mistakes, which allowed us to take the title.”

– #3 Z Driver Masataka Yanagida
“I only ran the second stint today because Hoshino drove perfectly and just handed me the car. Being able to take the championship title with Hasemi Motor Sport is an absolute thrill for me. Thanks to all of you who assisted us.”

[Race Results] 53Laps
Pos No Machine Driver Time / Gap
1 1 PETRONAS TOM’S SC430 Juichi Wakisaka / Andre Lotterer 1:37’19.525
2 18 Weider HSV-010 Takashi Kogure / Loic Duval +00.326
3 17 KEIHIN HSV-010 Toshihiro Kaneishi / Koudai Tsukakoshi +15.327
4 35 MJ KRAFT SC430 Hiroaki Ishiura / Kazuya Oshima +15.706
5 12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R Tsugio Matsuda / Ronnie Quintarelli +32.326
6 100 RAYBRIG HSV-010 Takuya Izawa / Naoki Yamamoto +32.962
7 8 ARTA HSV-010 Ralph Firman / Yuji Ide +36.223
8 23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R Satoshi Motoyama / Benoit Treluyer +44.196
9 32 EPSON HSV-010 Ryo Michigami / Yuhki Nakayanma +50.841
10 24 HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R Joao Paulo De Oliveira / Hironobu Yasuda +1’05.177

Quelle: Nissan

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