Saturday, August 17, 2013

Super GT: Hitotsuyama Racing Audi qualified 12th at Suzuka

By Tarek Ramchani

The Super GT is at Suzuka this weekend for the famous 1000 Km race, the longest and most prestigious event of the series. A single Audi R8 LMS ultra has been entered in the event from Hitotsuyama Racing.

The only Audi in the field is competing in the GT300 class. It has been a very hard season so far for the R8 LMS ultra in the Japanese series, with some mixed performances and results. At Suzuka the #21 ZENT Audi is shared by the team's two regular drivers Akihiro Tsuzuki and Richard Lyons. Unlike most of the other teams in GT300, who have opted for three-driver line-ups for this demanding event, Hitotsuyama Racing preferred to stay with only two drivers.

Akihiro Tsuzuki and Richard Lyons qualified the car in an improving twelfth place within GT300, out of twenty-three cars listed in the class. Race victory is clearly out of reach, but we hope that the Hitotsuyama Racing entry will be able to improve on track. With the race being a true endurance event and the Audi R8 LMS ultra being very reliable, the team's hopes for a good result are legitimate.

Pole position in the GT300 class went to the factory #61 Subaru BRZ. The #3 Nissan GT-R was second and the #50 Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 was third. The qualifying results can be seen here.

Photo credit: Hitotsuyama Racing