On the fourth and final day of Super GT manufacturer and tyre testing from Sepang International Circuit, it was the Kondo Racing Nissan GT-R piloted by Daiki Sasaki and João Paulo de Oliveira that was the fastest car out on track
In second place for both sessions was the #16 Mugen Honda NSX-GT of Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima, giving Yokohama a big boost of momentum going into the 2017 season as their cars finished 1-2 on the final day of testing.
During the wet conditions in the morning session, it was the Honda NSX-GTs who once again showed a fair bit of strength in the conditions, with the #99 Honda NSX-GT – the designated R&D vehicle for Honda Racing – going fastest in the session, ahead of the #16 Mugen NSX-GT.
The afternoon session would be less bountiful for the #99 NSX, as a single-car incident in turn four brought out a 20 minute red flag.
By the time the afternoon session began at noon, the air temperature was already up as high as 38°C with high humidity, and the track had mostly dried out as teams elected to focus on race simulations.
The #24 Kondo Racing Advan GT-R of Sasaki and Oliveira recorded the fastest time of the day, a 1:50.350 – over eight-tenths of a second faster than the second-placed Mugen NSX-GT. Second through sixth place in the afternoon tests were covered by just 0.128 seconds.
The #36 au TOM’s LC500, which recorded the fastest outright lap of the test on day two, elected to spend the test trying out new aerodynamic pieces, as did the #093 Lexus LC500 and the #230 Nissan GT-R.
For the third day of testing, the #35 Toyota Team Thailand MC86 piloted by Yuhki Nakayama was the fastest of the two GT300 cars, beating out the #60 LM Corsa Lexus RC F GT3.
The next test will be the first official Super GT pre-season test, held at Okayama International Circuit on March 18-19.
Rank / Number / Car / (Drivers) / Tyre / Best Lap (all fastest laps recorded in PM session)
1st: #24 Kondo Advan GT-R (D. Sasaki/J.P. Oliveira) – YH – 1:50.350
2nd: #16 Mugen NSX-GT (H. Mutoh/D. Nakajima) – YH – 1:51.165
3rd: #093 Lexus LC500 (H. Ishiura/K. Oshima) – BS – 1:51.171
4th: #23 NISMO GT-R (R. Quintarelli) – MI – 1:51.239
5th: #12 Calsonic GT-R (H. Yasuda/J. Mardenborough) – BS – 1:51.286
6th: #36 au TOM’s LC500 (K. Nakajima/Cassidy/Hirakawa/Tsuboi) – BS – 1:51.293
7th: #99 Honda NSX-GT (N. Yamamoto/T. Izawa/K. Tsukakoshi) – BS – 1:51.703
8th: #230 Nissan GT-R (K. Chiyo) – MI – 1:52.001
9th: #64 Epson NSX-GT (B. Baguette/K. Matsuura) – DL – 1:52.310
1st: #35 Toyota MC86 (Yuhki Nakayama) – YH – 2:00.847
2nd: #60 Lexus RC F GT3 (A. Iida/H. Yoshimoto) – YH – 2:02.409
Photo Credit: Kazuya Minakoshi / auto sport