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SuperGT: GT-R’s Biggest Threat in 2010? Honda’s NSX Replacement Spotted

December 28, 2009 Comments off

SuperGT 2009 is over and with it is the long career of the GT500 Honda NSX that was a staple of the series for so long. In it’s place, Honda have ressurected the cancelled NSX replacement, and sought a rule exemption to do so, for the 2010 season.

The GT500 class HSV-10 GT will debut in the first race of 2010 but was captured here testing at Suzuka circuit in Japan.

It certainly looks like Honda are well into the development on this car and that it’s an attractive beast. Should be an exciting season opener in March 2010 as the GT-R fights off the newcomer!

Videos of the testing at the link below…

Source: Motors Blog

Nissan Motorsports Wallpaper Collection 2009 – SuperGT and FIA GT Wallpapers

November 27, 2009 Comments off

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Nismo and Nissan have given motorsports fans a bit of an early Christmas gift this year by releasing a few new wallpapers from SuperGT and FIA GT championship season. I’ve hosted up the new ones and some classics from 2009 and 2008 as well.

Enjoy and if you have any GT-R art of your own, we’ll be making another wallpapers post around Christmas time so if you want it out there, send it in.

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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: Nismo Finish Season in Third After Final Round Blowout

November 8, 2009 Comments off

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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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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

Nismo Festival 2009: Ticket Sales Info

September 12, 2009 Comments off

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I’ve had a couple of emails now about readers who intend to get over to Japan this December for Nismo Festival for the first time but aren’t 100% on how ticket sales are done. Nismo have kindly just announced pricing so it might be timely to get the word out about getting tickets to the event.

Firstly, Nismo Festival is just the one day, Sunday 6th of December this year and is always held at Fuji Speedway. Fuji Speedway is a couple of hours outside Tokyo and has relatively easy to use public transport links to and from major centers.

Tickets for entry to the Festival itself are an easy one. You can either pick them up in advance (online ticket sales via PIA start November 1st) for 1,500 yen or buy them at the door for 2,000 yen. As for any event you’d be crazy not to get them in advance if you can at all manage it.

Next come ticket sales for special attractions like the Grid Walk, Circuit Safari, Circuit Taxi, and Race Car Passenger Rides. These require more planning to get because they’re not available in advance, in high demand on the day, limited in numbers and require some kind of lining up or even waiver form signup.

  • Grid Walk – Get on the race track grid among the SuperGT cars, drivers, race queens and race fans. An all out crazy hour of pushing for autographs. Tickets 1,500 yen per person.
  • Circuit Safari – Get in a coach for a lap around Fuji Speedway while SuperGT cars are warming up / practicing. Tickets 2,000 yen per person.
  • Circuit Taxi – Similar to Circuit Safari in a passenger car. Tickets 3,000 yen per person.
  • Race Car Passenger Ride – You guessed it! Tickets 4,000 yen per person.

Don’t let that put you off getting these though you just need to plan ahead. Here are a few tips on making this happen.

  1. Arrive at Fuji Speedway early! Can’t stress this one enough, get there well early you’ll want to be up front of that line to get in when the gates open at 8am
  2. Decide your game plan, do you want to take home SuperGT souvenirs or do you want to get onto the grid to meet the drivers?
  3. Be familiar with the lay of the land and run to the right line. This is the hardest one for people who have never been to Fuji Speedway or have no Japanese language skills. Study maps on Fuji Speedway’s website and the Nismo Festival map that will hopefully be out soon.
  4. If you have a few people with you, make sure your allocating your resources best, it only takes 1 person to save your place in the Garage Sale line while another organizes Grid Walk tickets.
  5. There are age and other official limitations for the ride along attractions, you need to be 30+ with a current drivers license. I assume they mean Japanese drivers license but possibly not.
  6. So that’s it for this installment of our Nismo Festival how-to articles. Next up might be one on getting to the venue, and as important, getting away!

    Link: Nismo Festival Website Launched

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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