2010 Super GT series *****starto! Round 1

The 2010 Autobacs’ Super GT started the season at the world famous Suzuka track March 20th, 2010.
Suzuka is one of the oldest remaining tracks on the Grand Prix circuit.  Being one of the very few in the world to have a figure 8 layout.  Due to its unique layout, Suzuka is a massive test of driver skill and is easily one of the most difficult racing circuits in the world.

The event began Saturday with qualifying rounds.  The entry list for GT500 race cars was dominated by SC430 and the new Honda HSV-010, with the GT-R been the minority. However, this didn’t make much of a difference for the qualifying rounds as the Weider HSV-010 took pole position with 1minute 53.182sec, the ZENT CERUMO SC430 came in second at 1minute 53.277sec, and the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R with a 1minute 53.367sec as the 3rd fastest. Behind them followed the ENEOS SC430, MJ KRAFT SC430, CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R, RAYBRIG HSV-010, PETRONAS TOM’S SC430, & EPSON HSV-010 which made the top nine cut-off.

In the GT300 qualifying rounds, pole position was taken by M7 MUTIARA MOTORS AMEMIYA with Nobeteru Taniguchi behind the wheel with the fastest time at 2minute 05.391sec. Second came from JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP F430 and third with UP START MOLA Z with 2minute 05.827sec. Following the next six in order were ARTA Garaiya, COROLLA Axio apr GT, WedsSport IS350, HASEMI SPORT TOMICA Z, JLOC Lamborghini RG-3, & apr COROLLA Axio.

During the main race on Sunday in the GT500 series, neither of the previous top 3 fastest cars did well. The Weider HSV-010 that took pole position during qualifying rounds, crash during the main race with another Honda HSV-010 from Epson during the 11th lap. Lowering the chances for a Honda HSV to win at Suzuka. The ZENT CERUMO SC430 that took 2nd spot, ended up in 9th place with 1 lap difference from the winner; with the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R over passing it to 8th place.

With an amazing feat, The HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R came from 10th position to take first place with the fastest time at 1minute 53.23sec. Following the GT-R, came the ENEOS SC430 0’09.322 seconds behind, and third the RAYBRIG HSV-010 with 0’15.397 seconds behind the GT-R. Like the qualifying rounds; Nissan, Lexus, and Honda cars all received top 3 positions for the GT500 class.

Unlike the big dog’s class, the GT300 race was a whole different game. Competition between cars maintain the same as the qualifying rounds with a few exceptions from crashes.  The M7 MUTIARA MOTORS AMEMIYASGC 7 maintain its spot and won 1st place with a time of 1minute 53’59.916 seconds, breaking his qualifying time’s best lap.  Point 31 seconds behind came the UP START MOLA Z from 3rd spot to 2nd place with an amazing battle against the M7 car.  Last, the WedsSport’s IS350 ended up taking 3rd place with Orido behind the wheel.  For more on the JGTC races, make sure to visit

Source:
Super GT
http://supergt.net/jp/

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