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SuperGT 2009: Round 1 Okayama 300km – Qualifying Results and Photos

March 21, 2009

HIS ADVAN GT500 GT-R - Okayama Circuit

SuperGT series 2009 kicks off this weekend with round #1, the Okayama 300km Race at Okayama International Circuit, Japan. The GT500 GT-R teams were practicing this morning and qualifying in the afternoon for the race.

The #24 HIS ADVAN KONDO Nissan GT-R did the best out of the lot managing to qualify third overall after suffering a minor setback in practice after hitting the soft barrier wall after an off. 2008 championship winners in the #1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R were slightly off the pace qualifying in 9th place. The #12 IMPUL Calsonic GT-R followed in 10th and rounding out the GT-Rs was the #3 HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R entry back in 12th place.

The top five grid positions look like this:

  1. No38 ZENT CERUMO SC430
  2. No35 KRAFT SC430 2. No35 KRAFT SC430
  3. No24 HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R 3. No24 HIS ADVAN KONDO GT-R
  4. No18 ROCKSTAR NSX 4. No18 ROCKSTAR DOME NSX
  5. No 8 ARTA NSX 5. No 8 ARTA NSX

Unfortunately it will not be a fairy tale start to the season as we saw at Suzuka in 2008 when Nismo teams #22 and #23 finished 1-2 after beginning on pole.

The final race begins Sunday afternoon and there looks to be a s a possibility of rain. Considering many teams are lacking in hard test data in new cars on wet tracks it may be interesting to see how they fare if the skys do open up.

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