Nissan: Nissan wins Okayama SUPER GT with championship-winning duo

Posted on 11. Apr, 2016 by in Nissan Canada

OKAYAMA, Japan – They have won back-to-back Super GT championships, and now Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli have triumphed in a opening turn of a 2016 championship during a Okayama International Circuit.

 

 

The No.1 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R took limit points with a No.46 S Road CRAFTSPORTS GT-R of maestro Satoshi Motoyama and final year’s Blancpain Endurance Series driver’s co-champion Katsumasa Chiyo claiming third to put dual GT-Rs on a podium.

After starting third, Quintarelli began a assign by trade to tighten on second place, bringing a opening down to 0.3 of a second by path 20. On Lap 28 he finished a pass during a hairpin and set follow after a competition leader.

After shutting to be right on a tail of a heading Lexus, a Italian took over a lead when his opposition pitted on path 35. Three laps later, implausible array work by a NISMO organisation had Tsugio Matsuda aboard a No.1 appurtenance and behind in a lead.

From that indicate on he ran unchallenged to a mottled flag, kicking off a duo’s assign for their third uninterrupted championship in a best probable way.

“This is my initial time winning in a opening round, as good as during Okayama, though we have to be honest – it unequivocally hasn’t sunk in yet,” pronounced Quintarelli. “The group did a good pursuit perfecting a automobile for this weekend, and Michelin unequivocally came by for us. Our tire preference is unequivocally what enabled us to win here. It unequivocally goes to uncover that if your automobile and tires are scrupulously matched to a conditions, we can unequivocally pull hard. We’ll have a weight encumber in a subsequent round, so we’ll be operative tough in a subsequent turn to overcome that.”

Although a No.1 GT-R took victory, all eyes were on a No.46 GT-R and immature star Chiyo. Although this was his entrance GT500 race, in a before day’s central subordinate he managed to record a tip time in a initial subordinate session.

Yet it was his opening on competition day that had everyone’s attention. Veteran Satoshi Motoyama took assign of a initial army and confirmed position until pitting in during path 35. Here he handed a automobile over to Chiyo.

After holding a reins, Chiyo pulled out a useful expostulate and began to quickly tighten in on a rivals in front. By path 52, he changed into third place after a overwhelming conflict and afterwards set his sights on second place. Despite a tough quarrel in a shutting laps, he was incompetent to take a GT-R 1-2 though still tender with his GT500 debut.

“There were times when we was circumference off a track, though we was totally focused on a highway brazen and blindly pushed forward,” pronounced Chiyo. “Ever given it was motionless we would contest in a GT500, I’ve been taught a good understanding by Motoyama and a team, that I’m unequivocally grateful for. When he told me I’d finished a good pursuit we was unequivocally ecstatic.”

In GT300, Jann Mardenborough finished his Japanese Super GT entrance in GT300 with Kazuki Hoshino and scored 10th place in a hotly contested 27-car field.

“It’s a contrition unequivocally given we were using in eighth for utterly a lot of a competition and afterwards in a final 5 laps we were overtaken twice, that was flattering frustrating,” pronounced Mardenborough. “But we strike all a targets in a array stop, and Kazuki did a good pursuit during a start of a race. It feels good to finish my initial Super GT competition and to get a point.  At a start and a center of a competition a automobile was flattering consistent. We had a large reveal with a engineers, and so we’ll be removing prepared for Fuji.  It’s unequivocally early in a deteriorate and each indicate depends so we’re going to keep pushing.”

QUOTES

#1 GT-R driver, Tsugio Matsuda
“Our rivals were unequivocally quick in a tests carried out before to this opening round, though this weekend a car’s setup was perfect. Ronnie pulled out a illusory expostulate in a initial army to lift us adult a sequence and afterwards a crew’s peppery pit-work put us into a lead with a decent margin. It appears Chiyo was removing a good understanding of courtesy in 3rd though we was usually focusing on how large a lead we could build up. That was what was motivating me a whole time. We unequivocally achieved a good dull feat today.”

#1 GT-R driver, Ronnie Quintarelli
“This is my initial time winning in a opening round, as good as during Okayama, though we have to be honest, it unequivocally hasn’t sunk in yet. The group did a good pursuit perfecting a automobile for this weekend and Michelin unequivocally came by for us. Our tire preference is unequivocally what enabled us to win here. It unequivocally goes to uncover that if your automobile and tires are scrupulously matched to a conditions, we can unequivocally pull hard. We’ll have a weight encumber in a subsequent turn so we’ll be operative tough in a subsequent turn to overcome that.”

#46 GT-R driver, Satoshi Motoyama
“Chiyo could not have finished a improved performance. During a tests there was a duration where we were in a bit of a slump, though we don’t consider anyone could repudiate that he is prepared for a GT500. [Chiyo] was means to get a tip time in Q1 due to a tires relating a highway aspect temperature, though there was also a bit of fitness and movement involved. His conflict with a #6 RC F was a small unsure though he decently got upheld him in a end. Although he used tires that were somewhat softer than those we used in my stint, they clearly authorised him to quietly conflict a march and expostulate with a good pace. we felt flattering during palliate examination his drive.”

#46 GT-R driver, Katsumasa Chiyo
“The #6 RC F was easily restraint me so removing upheld him was a tough slog. From Attwood Corner to a hairpin a gait was faster so we felt like we could unequivocally pass him. we wasn’t means to make a final wilful blow and get in front of a #37 RC F and we consider this is down to my miss of experience. There were times when we was circumference off a lane though we was totally focused on a highway brazen and blindly pushed forward. Ever given it was motionless we would contest in a GT500 I’ve been taught a good understanding by Motoyama and a team, that I’m unequivocally grateful for. When Motoyama told me I’d finished a good pursuit we was unequivocally ecstatic.”

NISMO Calendar

April 16-17:
FIA WEC, Silverstone, England
ELMS, Silverstone, England
V8 Supercar, Phillip Island, Victoria, Australia
Pirelli World Challenge, Long Beach, California, USA

April 23-24
Blancpain GT Endurance, Monza, Italy
Pirelli World Challenge, Barber Motorsports Park, Alabama, USA

May 3-4
Super GT, Fuji Speedway, Japan

May 7-8
FIA WEC, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Blancpain GT Sprint, Brands Hatch, England
V8 Supercar, Barbagallo Raceway, Western Australia, Australia

 

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