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SuperGT 2009: HIS ADVAN KONDO Racing GT-R Wins in Heavy Rain

March 22, 2009

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While hopes were not high after qualifying yesterday, the poor weather today has not hampered the #24 HIS ADVAN Kondo Racing Nissan GT500 GT-R entry into the SuperGT series 2009 round #1 at Okayama International Circuit this afternoon. Joao Paulo de Oliveira and co-driver Seiji Ara drove the Nissan to victory in heavy rain conditions after maintaining a steady pace the entire day. The team finished 21.6 seconds in front of the second place #18 Rockstar Dome NSX but at one point held a lead of 25 seconds over their nearest rival.

The #12 IMPUL Calsonic GT-R had a great result also, finishing on the lead lap in fourth position. NSXs dominated the other three top five race finishing positions.

That’s not to say the conditions didn’t create drama, the #1 MOTUL AUTECH Nismo GT-R was hit early on and suffered heavy left front end aero damage. It required a lengthy pit stop to repair and was penalised on top as well. They did go on to finish the race but in 13th position. The #3 HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R finishing in front of it by 4 laps but just one race position in 12th.

This win marks the second season in a row that the GT-R has won the first race of the season. Since it’s come back to SuperGT GT500 class racing in 2008 the GT-R has dominated the sport despite handicaps being thrown it’s way.

Congratulations to Team Kondo Racing!

Link: SuperGT.net: Full Race Results

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