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SuperGT 2009: Nismo Finish Season in Third After Final Round Blowout

November 8, 2009


In a surprising and unfortunate turn of events, team Nismo has had their 2009 SuperGT GT500 class points lead snatched away in the final round of the season at Motegi this weekend. Hopes rested on the #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R drivers Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer to bring home the prize but it was not destined to be.

The guys put in a good effort in qualifying to begin the race from fifth place on the grid. When the race kicked off the battle was fierce between the GT-R and the #38 SC430 early on for fourth position which placed extra pressure on the tires. Then, a front tire lockup during a heated corner entry saw enough damage done to cause a blowout also resulting in a complete loss of the front left fender. The team pit for repairs but it was too late to save the race.

The result was just 1 point for the round while their competitors in the Lexus SC430, team Petronas Tom’s scored 18 – enough to slingshot them to first. Team ARTA in their NSX managed an even larger 23 point bounty to pip Nismo by a single point to get second place.

A fairly unfortunate end to the season for the GT-R teams overall considering the number of wins they were clocking up throughout the year.

Looking forward now to how the SuperGT series evolves for 2010 and to the Nismo Festival 2009 celebration on the 6th of December.

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