Category Archives: Test Reports

Sekiguchi puts WedsSport LC500 on top in second day of testing

Yuhi Sekiguchi and the #19 WedsSport Advan Lexus LC500 topped the time sheets in the second day of Official Testing for the Autobacs Super GT Series on Sunday.

With favorable conditions in the morning session, Sekiguchi went on to complete a total of 139 laps on the day, 265 in total over both days, to set the fastest outright time of the two-day testing period in the Yokohama-clad Lexus.

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Mugen NSX leads Honda 1-2 in first leg of Sugo test

The #16 Motul Mugen Honda NSX-GT of Hideki Mutoh and Daisuke Nakajima was the fastest car on the first day of the two-day Official Test Session for the Autobacs Super GT Series at Sportsland Sugo.

Leading a Honda 1-2 order at the top of the GT500 standings, the fastest time of the Mugen NSX and the #17 Keihin NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Takashi Kogure) were separated by just 0.008 seconds in the afternoon session on Saturday!

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NISMO fastest, Button upbeat after Suzuka tyre tests

The first round of testing in the lead up to the 46th International Suzuka 1000km: The Final commenced with two days and four sessions of tyre manufacturer tests at Suzuka Circuit on Tuesday June 6 and Wednesday June 7.

Though the star attraction of the tests was the debuting 2009 Formula 1 World Champion, Jenson Button, it was the NISMO team and the #23 Motul Autech Nissan GT-R which set the fastest time of both days of testing, and the fastest time in all three dry-weather test sessions on Tuesday and on Wednesday morning.

Regular NISMO drivers Tsugio Matsuda and Ronnie Quintarelli joined Satoshi Motoyama and Katsumasa Chiyo of the #46 S Road Craftsports GT-R crew, and it was Quintarelli who set the fastest time of the session – a 1:47.501 on Day 2 – getting to within 0.045 seconds of the GT500 lap record at Suzuka.

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Snow, fog converge to cancel Sunday testing at Fuji

Inclement weather forced the cancellation of Sunday’s Super GT test sessions at Fuji Speedway, bringing a premature end to pre-season testing for the 2017 season.

With snow falling in the area overnight, and fog rolling over the circuit later in the day, the GT Association and Fuji Speedway first announced that Session 3 would be partially cancelled from 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM JST, and the pit lane would be open to all spectators who braved the snow and fog.

The decision was eventually made to cancel Session 3 entirely as of 10:30 AM JST, and with many team personnel and drivers making plans to depart the circuit, it was decided that all on-track tests would be abandoned for the day.

The next time the Autobacs Super GT Series will be in action is on the weekend of April 8-9 for Round 1 of the 2017 season at Okayama International Circuit.