October 24, 2013


2013 SUPER GT Round 8(final round) - Preview

Round 8 of the 2013 SUPER GT series (season finale), the MOTEGI GT 250km RACE takes place over two days, November 2 and 3 at Twin Ring Motegi, located in Motegi town, Haga county, Tochigi prefecture, on the border with Ibaraki prefecture.

In this series' round held since 1998, the stage is a 4.8 km road course, and since 2009, the final event of the season has been held there. Beginning from that year, the sporting regulations have been revised, and the final race will be a “battle au naturel” in which the GT500 machines will shed all of their handicap weight, and a battle even more fierce than the regular series' races will unfold.

A major feature of Twin Ring Motegi is the so-called "stop and go" layout with its short straights linked together by tight corners. Conversely, it is also considered a course on which it is difficult to overtake, and many say the starting grid is of critical importance. This means the fierce battle will begin with official qualifying.

Official tests were held on this track in advance in mid-September. Due to a typhoon however, the scheduled two days of tests were reduced to only one, but the running time was extended on the second day, and the four GT-R machines got their test regimens out of the way. While the whole team is pulling together in their aim to win the final race, in order to gain an advantage over rival machines, NISMO has developed numerous ldquo;special weapons”-aerodynamic and engine parts-that were used in real race conditions in the previous event at Autopolis. Of course, a third championship victory in a row for the NISSAN GT-R is still one of their main desires, but considering the points' difference, it is imperative that they win themselves.

Every car competing in the GT500 class will do so without any weight handicap, returning to the same state as the season-opener. Of course, with all the fine-tuning of these 2013 spec machines, it goes without saying that they have moved up a level since that first race. Since this is also the final race under the current vehicle regulations, every team will be even more fired up than usual. From Lexus, on a roll since Round 6 at Fuji, to Honda, who call Twin Ring Motegi their home track, rival teams will be solemnly focused on victory in this last race - all of which means that expectations are rising for this unmissable battle.

This race will also be an important one for the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3, competing in the GT300 class. Although already boasting a win from its debut season last year, the car has yet to repeat that success in 2013. The car has repeatedly shown plenty of speed in qualifying, only to be undone by unfortunate happenings in the races. Now, it is time at last for the final event. Led by the #3 S Road NDDP GT-R, spirits are high in the Nissan GT-R Nismo GT3 camp as they go for last-gasp glory.

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