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SuperGT 2009: Final Round Official Race Report and High Res Photos

November 16, 2009 Comments off

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The season is over and while the results are not the back to back championships we hoped for it’s still not a horrible result. To think it all came down to one tire not holding up…

Thanks to Nissan who again provide a race report and high res photos. This is the last we’ll see of SuperGT until Nismo Festival, just under one month away where they will all reappear for one last battle.

NISSAN GT-R finishes third in the Championship
— SUPER GT Round 9 Race Report —

November 8th, Twin ring Motegi (Tochigi prefecture)
Sunday, November 8th saw the final round of the 2009 SUPER GT series taken place at Twin Ring Motegi. Aiming at title glory, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 – Satoshi Motoyama / Benoit Treuyer) qualified in fifth place and put in a spirited drive in the race until tyre trouble slowed the car’s progress. The results netted third place for Satoshi Motoyama in the Driver’s standings, while NISMO were third in the Team’s title fight.

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SuperGT 2009: Nissan Race Report and High Res Photos for Round 8

October 19, 2009 Comments off

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Full race report from Nissan below for Sunday’s SuperGT 2009 round 8. Don’t forget to click the Read More link to read the entire release…

2nd place another step toward successive title for NISSAN GT-R
– SUPER GT 2009 Round 8 Race Report –

October 18th, Autopolis International Racing Course (Oita prefecture)
On Sunday, October 18th, Autopolis International Racing Course played host to Round 8 of the 2009 SUPER GT series, the ‘SUPER GT in Kyushu 300km’ race. Starting third, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 Satoshi Motoyama/Benoit Treluyer) finished on the second tier of the podium, taking an important step towards a second successive title.

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SuperGT 2009: MOTUL Autech Nissan GT-R Finishes Second for Round 8 in Kyushu

October 18, 2009 Comments off

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Team Nismo battled heavy weight handicaps to finish second for the penultimate round of the 2009 International SuperGT Championships at Autopolis in Kyushu, Japan today. Winner of this round was the #36 TOM’s Petronas Toyota SC430 which takes it’s first win for the season. In third place was the #24 HIS ADVAN Nissan GT-R of team Kondo Racing.

The second place finish nets Nismo valuable points in securing their place at the top of the teams ranking for 2009.

Full race report and Nissan high res photos to come, until then, enjoy these photos of the days racing…

SuperGT 2009: Round 7 @ FSW – High Res Photo Gallery and Full Race Report

September 14, 2009 Comments off

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Firstly big ups to Nissan for continuing to translate these full race reports in a timely manner and making them available to the media. It’s a great thing to know whats going on in SuperGT as coverage is sparse at best outside Japan. Secondly, thanks for the great photos from the event and for publishing them quicker and quicker each round.

Don’t forget to click through the jump to read the rest of the report…

NISSAN GT-R Maintains championship lead with 2nd step on the podium
– SUPER GT 2009 Round 7 Race Report –

September 13th, Fuji Speedway (Oyama Town, Shizuoka prefecture)
Amidst favourable autumnal weather, Fuji Speedway hosted an action-packed Round 7 of the SUPER GT series, the “FUJI GT 300km RACE.” After qualifying 2nd, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 Satoshi Motoyama/Benoit Treluyer) started from the front row, adding championship points in the race and edging one step closer to taking a second consecutive championship title.

Source: Nissan

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SuperGT 2009: MOTUL Autech Nismo GT-R Podium Finish for Round 7 at Fuji Speedway

September 13, 2009 Comments off

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Team Nismo were hoping to make it three GT-R wins in a row at Fuji Speedway today as they began the race from the front row of the grid after qualifying in second place in a very wet Superlap yesterday. It was not to be however as Team ARTA (Autobacs Racing Team Aguri) brought home their #8 NSX in first place for their first SuperGT season 2009 victory.

The #1 Motul Autech Nismo GT-R did manage to snatch a handful of points off their nearest championship rival team for the round however as they passed the Petronas Tom’s #36 SC430 with just two laps to go to finish in second. A great result for team Nismo who continue to carry the most “success ballast” in the field with an added 48kg of weight in the car. With this under their belt, they have a comforting 11 point lead over Petronas Tom’s on the ladder.

The next GT-R to finish was the #3 HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R in sixth place. This leaves them with an additional 8 points for the round which pushes them ahead in the championship rankings to equal third position with Team Yoshiko (Rockstar #18 NSX). This in turn bumps Team Zent Cerumo down to fifth spot, and all with just two rounds of the season left!

Not the best race for the #24 HIS ADVAN KONDO Racing GT-R nor the #12 IMPUL Calsonic GT-R who finished 13th and 15th respectively. A point finish is what both teams needed, especially Kondo Racing who were in a attractive 6th position on the ladder but will now drop.

Until the full SuperGT race report with hi-res photos comes out (courtesy of Nissan) enjoy these photos of the qualifying round and today’s final.

Link: SuperGT Championship Ladder (not updated at time of writing)
Link: SuperGT Website

SuperGT: Nissan High Res Photo Gallery of Round 6 Pokka GT at Suzuka

August 30, 2009 Comments off

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Nissan have published their 10 strong photo gallery in high res from SuperGT round six at Suzuka from last weekend. A couple of good shots that are certainly background worthy for some so inclined.

Check out the gallery and read the full, official race report after the jump…

August 23th, Suzuka Circuit (Suzuka city, Mie prefecture)
Round 6 of SUPER GT, the “INTERNATIONAL Pokka SUMMER SPECIAL” (Suzuka 700km Race) took place at Suzuka Circuit. After qualifying 2nd, the HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R (#3 Ronnie Quintarelli/Hironobu Yasuda) ran a strong race to take the second step on the podium. In addition, the MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (#1 Satoshi Motoyama/Michael Krumm), which had qualified 12, finished 6th, protecting its position at the top of the championship points’ standings.

Source: Nissan Motors

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Craftsquare Mirrors for Nissan GT-R – GT500 Parts for Your Street GT-R

August 26, 2009 Comments off

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You may or may not be familiar with the name Craftsquare but they’re responsible for building the lightweight aero wing mirrors for Nissan (and many other) team race car mirrors for many years now. Their current lineup of mirrors is the most attractive looking yet and Craftsquare are now making full direct fit carbon fibre wing mirror kits for the R35 Nissan GT-R.

GT-RR has partnered with Craftsquare and is working with Endless USA on getting these kits into your hands for your GT-R. The design is being finalised now, and while, unfortunately, it won’t look much like the GT-R’s SuperGT GT500 mirrors pictured above, the design should still add racing cred to your street GT-R. The final design is said to more resemble the GT300 Lamborghini’s mirrors and comes with the TCA-F designation.

When final pictures become available, we’ll update you but for now you can start the pre-order now to ensure you secure a set of the first production run. The price is set at $795 including all import costs from Japan.

Hit up the full press release after the jump…

Link: GT-RR.com Website
Link: Craftsquare Website

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

August 24, 2009 Comments off

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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.

SuperGT 2009 Edition Models from Ebbro Available Now

August 10, 2009 Comments off

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Well in case you didn’t know, the 2009 model SuperGT GT500 specification car differs quite a bit from the 2008 model car from the same series. Rule changes made for this season had the effect of limiting rear downforce by shortening the rear overhang maximum. Nismo completely redid the rear end aero, rear wing and front aero to compensate and to make the most of the new regulations. They then went and added improved cooling to the car which is critical in the sweltering summer races like Sepang Circuit in Malaysia.

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Ebbro have produced two new models to kickoff the 2009 SuperGT GT-R range – a 2009 #1 MOTUL Autech Nismo GT-R and a 2009 Okayama Test car used during aero prototyping at Okayama circuit. Cars representing each team are also planned so also look out for a IMPUL Calsonic #12, Hasemi TOMICA Ebbro #3 and a WOODONE ADVAN Clarion #24 model to follow.

Ebrro models are superb in quality but limited in production, especially the test car versions. Pick them up while you can!

Photos: 14Moon Blog
Link: Buy Ebbro GT-R Models Online @ HLJ.com

SuperGT 2009: Michael Krumm Back Onboard for Pokka GT Rd 6 at Suzuka

August 5, 2009 Comments off

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Michael Krumm will return to the MOTUL Autech #1 Nismo GT500 Nissan GT-R hot seat in two weeks time to sit in for regular driver Benoit Treluyer. Krumm who, in the past would be piloting the second team Nismo GT500 GT-R (if there was one this year) has taken the year out to drive for Nismo’s FIA GT team in Europe while development continues of the 2010 specification FIA GT1 GT-R. He will co-drive the Round 6 Pokka International Summer Special race at Suzuka Circuit, a race that has traditionally been known as the Pokka 1000 due to being a 1,000 km race. The rename comes after the event is shortened to 700km this year.

Krumm started the 2008 Pokka 1000km at Suzuka on pole position but faces a tough challenge to repeat it. The car is burdened with “success ballast” since team Nismo is leading the championship. To top it off, he will only have a short few laps to reacquaint himself with the car which has changed in terms of aero package since 2008.

Treluyer has to skip the round after receiving what is known as a “Moral Hazard Penalty”. Yeah… Veteran and 2008 champion, Satoshi Motoyama will be co-driving with Michael.

The Pokka GT Summer Special begins Saturday 22nd of August for qualifying with the final on Sunday 23rd of August. After this, it’s back to Europe where he will drive in the final FIA GT round for the GT-R’s 2009 season on 25th October 2009 at Zolder in Brussels.

Link: SuperGT Official Website