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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: 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 2009: Nissan GT-R Pole to Win in Round 3 at Fuji Speedway

May 4, 2009 Comments off

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Team Nismo MOTUL Autech have made it another pole-to-win victory in round 3 of the SuperGT 2009 championship at Fuji Speedway. It was a very tight finish just 0.219 seconds in front of the #36 Petronas TOM’s SC430 Toyota in second place. The #8 ARTA NSX was 3rd followed by the #24 HIS ADVAN KONDO Racing Nissan GT-R in 4th place.

Further back in the field was the HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO GT-R in 7th place with the #12 IMPUL Calsonic Nissan GT-R in last place after suffering a incident on the first corner when it lost rear traction and speared off the track, impacting an NSX on the way. Race tape fixes all and it was back on the track after a long pit stop though with minimal front downforce though. See the video below for a replay.

The points earned this round keep Kondo Racing on the top of the team championship rankings with 40 championship points, a lead of 3 points of Petronas TOM’s Racing. Nismo moves to 6th spot with 27 points followed by Team Impul in 7th place with 26 points. Still early days in the championships and it’s pretty much still anyone’s at this stage.

High res photos and full race report to come shortly from Nissan Motorsports as well as full race coverage on GTRBlogTV just as soon as we can process it.

SuperGT 2009: Nissan GT-R on Pole for Round 2 at Suzuka Circuit

April 18, 2009 Comments off

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Championship winners from 2008 have come back to snatch pole position for SuperGT 2009 series round 2 which kicks off tomorrow afternoon. Team Nismo’s #1 MOTUL Autech Nissan GT-R driven by Satoshi Motoyama and Benoit Treluyer finished second in early qualifying with a 1:53.995 then turned up the heat for the Super Lap qualifying, winning with a best lap of 1:53.487.

The top 5 positions on tomorrow’s grid are Nissan GT-R heavy with three of the four GT500 class GT-R’s representing. The first five on the grid are:

  1. #1 MOTUL Autech Nissan GT-R
  2. #38 ZENT CERUMO Toyota SC430
  3. #3 HASEMI TOMICA EBBRO Nissan GT-R
  4. #36 Petronas TOM’s Toyota SC430
  5. #12 IMPUL Calsonic Nissan GT-R

Stay tuned to GTRBlog for updates on the race this Sunday…

Link: SuperGT related articles on GTRBlog