Round 6 of SUPER GT was a 300km race held at Fuji Speedway on September 7 and 8. The pop group Momoiro Clover Z was in attendance on qualifying day. The members excited the many fans that packed the Speedway by riding along with TEAM IMPUL Team Director Kazuyoshi Hoshino in a Fairlady Z adorned with a Momoiro Clover color scheme.
Official qualifying started under cloudy skies and a temperature of 25°C. TEAM IMPUL's #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/João Paolo de Oliveira) had a handicap weight of 82kgs, with Oliveira on the attack in Q1. However, with the massive weight onboard, he struggled to a 14th-place finish, failing to advance to Q2.
From KONDO RACING, the #24 D'station ADVAN GT-R (Hironobu Yasuda/Michael Krumm) had 12kgs' success ballast, and Yasuda finished 10th in Q1, but failed to make it into the top eight that would advance to Q2, and their position on the starting grid for the race was decided then and there.
Points leaders' the NISMO and their #23 MOTUL AUTECH GT-R (Masataka Yanagida/Ronnie Quintarelli) had the greatest amount of ‘weight-handi’ (success ballast) among the participating GT500 machines at 84kgs. Yanagida went on the attack in Q1, but finished ninth, just 0.102 seconds away from the cutoff to advance to Q2 and would regrettably line up ninth on the grid for the race.
The MOLA team and the #1 REITO MOLA GT-R (Satoshi Motoyama/Yuhi Sekiguchi) had 32kgs ballast in its floor. In Q1, Sekiguchi went on the attack and finished second, becoming the only GT-R to advance to Q2. In Q2, Motoyama finished 7th, deciding their place on the starting grid.
In the GT300 class, NDDP RACING and the #3 S Road NDDP GT-R (Kazuki Hoshino/Daiki Sasaki) had to stop during the official practice session due to mechanical issues. They were able to make it into qualifying thanks to the diligent repair work of their team staff. In qualifying, Sasaki made it through Q1 in the top spot. In Q2, Hoshino finished in second, earning them a place on the front row of their class.
TEAM MACH and their #5 Mach GoGoGo Shaken GT-R (Tetsuji Tamanaka/Junichiro Yamashita) started in seventh place, the apr-maintained #30 IWASAKI OGT Racing GT-R (Yuki Iwasaki/Igor Sushko) was 10th, the #48 DIJON Racing IS GT-R (Hiroshi Takamori/Katsumasa Chiyo) started from 12th, and the #360 RUN UP GROUP GT-R (Takuya Shirasaka/Atsushi Tanaka) began in 22nd.
There was light rain during the free practice session held in the morning on race day, but the weather soon cleared up. When the cars entered the track, the course conditions were completely dry. On the grid, there were occasional spells of clear skies, with a temperature of 29°C, and the track surface temperature rising to 35°C.
Some 32,800 fans watched the start of the 66-lap race, which got underway at precisely at 2:03pm. At the time, the skies were cloudy, and light rain fell twice during the race. The starting drivers were; Motoyama in the #1 GT-R, Quintarelli aboard the #23 GT-R, Yasuda driving the #24 GT-R, and Matsuda seated in the #12 GT-R.
During the opening stages of the race, a car's tire burst on the main straight and the Safety Car had to be called out to clear up debris on track. At this point, virtually all of the machines entered the pit. However, the #24 GT-R alone remained on track, and boldly ran in first place. In the middle stages, the car made its pit stop, Krumm climbing aboard and driving stubbornly to a 10th-place finish. This was the team's second points-scoring result this season.
The #23 GT-R was forced into a bitter struggle due to the heavy handicap weight in the car. Quintarelli drove in 12th place, but when the Safety Car came out on track, he handed over to teammate Yanagida. Other cars made their pit stops or received penalties, so that by lap 43, the #23 GT-R had risen to eighth place. In the final stages of the event, they lost one position and finished ninth. The two precious points earned in this race places the paring third in the rankings, 2 points behind the leaders.
The #1 GT-R also took the opportunity of the entrance of the Safety Car to switch drivers from Motoyama to Sekiguchi, and was the first of the cars that had stopped to get back out on track (second place overall) thanks to magnificent pit work by the team. However, at the time of the restart, a foul was called and they received a drive-through penalty, falling to 11th place. Sekiguchi climbed back up, recovering to eighth by the time he crossed the finish line.
The #12 GT-R started from 14th, and Matsuda passed the baton to Oliveira, who drove superbly in the half-wet conditions caused by rain midway through the race, rising into tenth place and entering the point-scoring ranks on the 27th lap. They steadily gained positions as other cars made pit stops or received penalties, finishing sixth. They are tied with the points' leaders and are currently ranked second in the series.
For the #3 GT-R in the GT300 class, Sasaki made an excellent start, taking over the lead in the GT300 class. However, he mistimed his pit stop when the Safety Car came out, entering the pit a lap behind schedule to hand over to Hoshino. They fell to 21st place, but Hoshino's stable speed saw the team climb all the way back up to fifth by the flag.
As for the other GT-Rs in the Gt300 class, the #5 GT-R finished 11th, despite coping with mechanical trouble, Iwasaki in the #30 GT-R recorded the second fastest lap on his way to finishing 12th, just shy of a points-scoring result. The #360 GT-R finished 23rd. The #48 GT-R required lengthy repairs due to trouble with the left rear suspension, and crossed the finish line having completed 40 laps, but was ruled not to have completed the race.