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SuperGT 2009: Nissan GT-R Second Place Finish for Round 6 Pokka GT at Suzuka

August 24, 2009


In only the second round of 2009 SuperGT season not to be won outright by a Nissan GT-R, the SC430 Toyota campaigning KRAFT team has pulled out a pole to win victory for the 700km Pokka GT 2009 race at Suzuka Circuit. Not to be forgotten however, the #3 Hasemi Tomica Ebbro Nissan GT-R GT500 entry was right behind it managing second place in the long day of racing.

The second place position for this round gives team Hasemi Motor Sport 18 total points for the weekend’s racing. This pushes them into 5th place overall in the team rankings due to their win in round 4. Not a bad thing at all considering their unlucky streak in other races of season 2009.

The #12 IMPUL Calsonic Nissan GT-R entry was the next best placed GT-R on Sunday, finishing in 5th. Surprisingly however, it was closely followed by the #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R which was weighed down with 86kg’s of success ballast making it the heaviest car on the circuit. They began the race from 12th place after a fuel problem in qualifying so to come away with 8 points all said and done is not a bad outcome.

Starting from P12 Motoyama had a tough first stint as he showed to have a good pace that would allow us to run quite at the front, but as he was stuck behind another car, we saw our race kind of slip away already. With over 80 kg of Handicap weight in the car (heaviest car in the field), there was no way to overtake today.

– Michael Krumm, #1 MOTUL Autech Driver – Team NISMO

The race itself was incredibly hot and sticky for the teams, drivers and cars. On track temps soared up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) and a fire in the pits involving the #8 ARTA NSX compounded the troubles with confusion and safety car periods.

The results overall for teams are positive however, team Nismo extends it’s lead out by two more points to be 7 in front of nearest rival Petronas TOM’s. Hasemi Motor Sport’s improvement means that two GT-R teams in the top 5 will make for a great latter part of the season as we count down just three more races to go.

Let’s hope the GT-R can make back to back championships for this year so fans get another big party at Nismo Festival 2009 at Fuji Speedway.

Speaking of Fuji Speedway, the next race, round 7 is headed back to Fuji for the second time this season for September 13th. We’ll keep you updated as always here on GTRBlog.com.