October 25, 2020

Nojiri: ARTA Honda has “too much missing” to win

ARTA pair Nojiri and Nirei Fukuzumi appeared on course for an overdue first victory of the 2020 season on Sunday, with poleman Fukuzumi leading for much of the opening stint after an early battle with the Kondo Racing Nissan of Mitsunori Takaboshi.But after Fukuzumi pitted the #8 Honda NSX-GT on lap 26 of 66 to hand over to Nojiri, the latter suffered an excruciatingly slow out lap, conceding …Keep reading …

Fenestraz admits “we messed ourselves up” at Fuji

Following their run of three podium finishes to start the 2020 season, GT500 rookie Fenestraz and Sekiguchi had arrived at Fuji second overall and one point off the lead, but the pair finished outside the points in 12th place on Sunday.It was their second consecutive non-score after a collision between Sekiguchi and the sister TOM’S car of Nick Cassidy at Motegi left the #36 car out of the …Keep reading …

New Super GT points leaders regret poor Fuji qualifying

Tsuboi and Kazuya Oshima finished second in the Rookie Racing-entered #14 Toyota GR Supra on the championship’s third visit of the year to Fuji, giving them a single-point lead over TOM’S pair Nick Cassidy and Ryo Hirakawa with three races remaining.In a charging second stint, Tsuboi made passes on the Kunimitsu and ARTA Hondas and then the Toyota of Hirakawa to secure the #14 crew’s best …Keep reading …

SARD Toyota almost ran out of fuel on way to victory

Nakayama brought home SARD’s Toyota GR Supra for a first victory for himself and Heikki Kovalainen since last year’s Autopolis race by a margin of 10 seconds.The decisive moment of the race came when poleman Nirei Fukuzumi in the ARTA Honda NSX-GT and Kovalainen pitted together on lap 26, after which Tomoki Nojiri struggled badly on his out lap in the ARTA car and was passed for the net lead …Keep reading …

Mardenborough: Losing Fuji victory chance “soul-testing”

After qualifying a season-high fourth on Saturday, Mardenborough was running third and on course for at least a first podium finish in two years when the #24 Nissan GT-R he shares with Mitsunori Takaboshi got stuck in second gear.Read Also:Fuji Super GT: Kovalainen, Nakayama win for SARD ToyotaTakaboshi had briefly led during his stint, passing Nirei Fukuzumi’s …Keep reading …

Fuji Super GT: Kovalainen, Nakayama win for SARD Toyota

From fifth on the grid, ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen concluded his stint third behind the ARTA Honda and the Kondo Nissan that spent the first part of the race fighting for the lead.The Finn brought in the #39 Toyota GR Supra on the same lap as poleman Nirei Fukuzumi in the #8 ARTA Honda NSX-GT, lap 26 of 66, with Mitsunori Takaboshi having already pitted the #24 Kondo Nissan GT-R from second …Keep reading …

Kovalainen admits SARD Toyota struggles “a bit painful”

Ex-Formula 1 racer Kovalainen has finished fifth and ninth alongside teammate Yuichi Nakayama in his two outings of the year so far, after missing the opening two rounds of the season at Fuji due to COVID-19 travel restrictions.It means SARD’s #39 GR Supra is the only Bridgestone-shod Toyota running without a fuel restrictor this weekend at Fuji, although it is carrying 38kg of success …Keep reading …

Mardenborough bullish of fighting for maiden victory

Mardenborough and Mitsunori Takaboshi qualified their #24 Nissan GT-R fourth for the third visit of the 2020 campaign to Fuji, with Mardenborough setting a time in Q2 0.679s shy of the pole-winning ARTA Honda NSX-GT of Nirei Fukuzumi.The Kondo Nissan is the second-lightest car in the GT500 field this weekend, heavier only than the Impul GT-R that is carrying no success handicap at all, as a …Keep reading …

Fuji Super GT: Fukuzumi delivers ARTA Honda pole

Ex-Formula 2 racer Fukuzumi posted a time of 1m27.130s to put the #8 NSX-GT he shares with Tomoki Nojiri almost half a second clear of the opposition in the Q2 pole shootout, helped by only carrying 8kg of success ballast this weekend.The #12 Impul Nissan GT-R, the only car in the GT500 field carrying no success handicap, set the pace in practice in the hands of Daiki Sasaki and was also the …Keep reading …

Quintarelli: Nissan hopes depend on all GT-Rs performing

At the halfway point of the season, Quintarelli and his teammate in the #23 NISMO GT-R Tsugio Matsuda are seventh in the standings and 18 points away from the leading Real Racing Honda pair of Bertrand Baguette and Koudai Tsukakoshi.Quintarelli and Matsuda delivered Nissan’s revised 2020-spec GT-R its first win at Suzuka, but this remains the only trip to the podium for one of the Yokohama …Keep reading …