The second round of SUPER GT was held at Fuji Speedway at the start of Golden Week, on April 28th and 29th. Commemoration photos were taken of all the NISSAN GT-Rs together on the track's main straight on the 27th, the day the cars were delivered to the track. The weather forecast was largely favorable. This round is a 500-km race, 200kms longer than usual.
The GT500-class GT-R is adapted to the high-speed Fuji circuit and is equipped with low-drag aero parts specifically for Fuji, such as front fender attachments, a special rear fender and aerodynamic mirrors. In addition, the wing end plates of the #23 NISMO car have had carp streamer illustrations added to them.
Official qualifying was held in the afternoon of the 28th. Weather conditions were clear with an air temperature of 18°C and the track surface measured at 33°C. For the KONDO RACING #24 D'station ADVAN GT-R (Hironobu Yasuda / Michael Krumm), Yasuda made a time no better than 13th in Q1 and thus did not advance to Q2. The team's starting position in the race was decided at this point.
For the #1 REITO MOLA GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama / Yuhi Sekiguchi), Sekiguchi was not allowed to enter the morning's official practice session on the 28th due to an accumulation of penalty points, while Motoyama quietly pushed forward with the car's setup. Motoyama finished 5th in Q1 and advanced to Q2. Sekiguchi entered Q2 early and went on the attack while checking his car's condition, placing 7th.
Team Impul's #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda / João Paulo de Oliveira), Matsuda secured a spot in Q2 having finished Q1 with the top-ranking GT-R in 3rd place. Oliveira on the other hand fell to 6th place in Q2 despite posting a better time than Matsuda.
In the #23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (Masataka Yanagida / Ronnie Quintarelli), Yanagida made it through Q1 in 6th place. In Q2 Quintarelli took hold of the steering wheel and secured the GT-R camp's top position with 3rd place.
In the GT300-class NDDP Racing #3 S Road NDDP GT-R (Kazuki Hoshino / Daiki Sasaki), Sasaki posted the top time in Q1 to secure a spot in Q2. In Q2 Hoshino placed 7th, and the starting grid for the race was set.
From this round, Yuji Ide became a partner in the #7 OGT Bonds Racing GT-R, alongside regular driver Igor Sushko. However, Sushko went no further than 25th place in Q1. The 2012-model #360 Run Up Group GT-R (Takuya Shirasaka / Atsushi Tanaka) got a starting position of 24th, while the #48 Dijon Racing IS GT-R (Hiroshi Takamori / Katsumasa Chiyo) came in 11th.
The 29th was also favored with fine weather, and nearly 50,000 fans packed in to the circuit. The formation lap started at 2:00 PM, and the 110-lap race was off. The air temperature was 20 degrees, with the track surface temperature 32 Celsius, perfect weather in which to watch a race.
Ronnie Quintarelli started the #23 GT-R, and had a favorable opening in third place. In the 11th lap, he fell back a place to fourth, but aiming for a place on the podium, he hung on stubbornly. When he entered the first corner on lap 19, he slowed down due to drivetrain trouble. He stopped his vehicle at the side of the course.
Yasuda started in the #24 GT-R, and in the opening scramble quickly climbed to 10th place. He was in 11th when he handed the car over to Krumm, who steadily accumulated laps. For the final stint, Yasuda took the wheel once again, and finished 12th.
Motoyama started in the #1 GT-R, initially dashing ahead to fourth, but falling to eighth in the confusion of the opening lap. From there, he climbed back to sixth before handing the wheel to Sekiguchi. Sekiguchi battled the rival HSVs, stirring up the emotions of the fans, but was unable to overtake, and Motoyama took the wheel once again. Driving tenaciously, he rose to ninth in the final stages, crossing the finish line and earning points in back-to-back races.
Oliveira started in the #12 GT-R, and protected his sixth place position. He was in fourth when he turned the wheel over to Matsuda. In the time that took, they fell to sixth place, but in the second pit stop for maintenance, the flawless work allowed them to climb back up to fifth place. Oliveira defended this position to become the highest placed GT-R driver at the event.
In the GT 300 class, the #3 GT-R, driven by Hoshino, suffered a puncture to the left rear tire on lap 20, necessitating a pit stop. There was also damage to the suspension that required lengthy repairs. This did not completely resolve the problem, and though they crossed the finish line, not qualify as race finishers due to completing an insufficient number of laps.
The #7 GT-R finished fifth, highest for a GT-R in GT300, and a welcome first prize-winning finish for the new team in their second race. Ide put on a stunning performance, starting in 25th place and overtaking 20 cars. For the #48 GT-R, Chiyo set the second-fastest time, but failed to win back-to-back points hauls, ending 11th. The #360 GT-R suffered a flat tire during the final stages, damaging its suspension, and leading to the team's withdrawal.