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Super GT 2021 So Far – Nissan GT500 GT-Rs at Round 1 and 2

July 16, 2021

Early this year Nissan Motorsports (NISMO) announced that four motorsports teams would field Nissan GT-Rs in the GT500 class of the Super GT series in Japan in 2021. These teams are:

  • #23 NISMO (MOTUL AUTECH), driven by Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli.
  • #3 NDDP Racing/B-Max Racing (CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL), driven by Kohei Hirate and Katsumasa Chiyo
  • #12 Team Impul (CALSONIC IMPUL), driven by Kazuki Hiramine and Nobuharu Matsushita
  • #24 Kondo Racing, driven by Mitsunori Takaboshi and Daiki Sasaki

After a less than competitive 2020 season, NISMO is hopeful that weight reduction, and component reliability changes are going to help the most. In 2021 aerodynamic changes are frozen but NISMO has been able to tweak the engine to improve power delivery as well as the tire setup overall.

Round 1 – Okayama – 12th April 2021

However it wasn’t to be in round #1 as the Toyota Supra showed strength, dominating in qualifying and in the final outcome with a 1,2,3,4th place finish. The best result for the Nissan GT-R was back in 9th position where the CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL #3 GT-R improved from its 10th place qualifying position.

The #23 NISMO car driven by Quintarerlli started the race slightly stronger managing to climb to 6th position in the early race but after an incident involving some GT300 cars the race was sent into chaos. The ensuing battle for position ended up damaging the car and putting it out of the race.

The #12 Team Impul car finished in 10th place.

Round 2 – Fuji Speedway – 4th May 2021

Another troubled round for the NISMO MOTUL AUTECH #23 as it suffered engine trouble putting it out of the race on just lap 3 at the Fuji Speedway 500km race.

Photo: Masahide Kamio

While NISMO had more trouble, the #3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R was again the top placed GT-R finishing 5th overall on the circuit that favors the Nissan GT-R the least. All said and done, Nissan really needs to start pulling out wins at the next round this weekend at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Qualifying will start 10am on Saturday the 17th with the race scheduled to start at 2:10pm on Sunday the 18th July Japan time.

The next round was originally scheduled to be at Suzuka circuit but that race has been pushed until late August due to a COVID case surge.

Link: Nismo Press Release – Round #1
Link: Nismo Press Release – Round #2
Link: Nismo Photo Gallery – Super GT

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