CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R SCORES LIGHTS-TO-FLAG VICTORY
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| Gloriously sunny skies and summer-like conditions greeted race fans on Sunday, September 9th at Fuji International Speedway for Round 6 of the SUPER GT series, where the #12 CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R (Tsugio Matsuda/Joao Paolo de Oliveira) took a commanding lights-to-flag victory as the NISSAN GT-R won back-to-back victories is this hotly-contested championship. In addition, the #1 S Road REITO MOLA GT-R (Masataka Yanagida/Ronnie Quintarelli) matched its 2nd-place qualifying result with the same position in the race, vaulting the reigning champions into the lead of the title fight.
Hailing from surrounding areas including the capital and the Tokai region, no fewer than 33,800 motorsport enthusiasts came to the circuit nestled at the foot of Japan's most famous landmark, filling the grandstands with race fans for the 300-km event.
For the opening stint, Tsugio Matsuda took the wheel of the #12 GT-R in which de Oliveira had taken pole position a day earlier. Immediately after the start lights went out, Matsuda began to build up a gap over his pursuers, amply demonstrating to the fans his control of the race from the front. Without any threat from those behind, Matsuda made his pit stop on lap 34, entrusting the car to de Oliveira for the second half of the race. The Brazilian driver maintained the rapid pace set by his teammate, and quickly built up a gap of 10 seconds. As the race wore on, he stretched the gap further, so that when the flag fell after 66 laps it was a massive 21 seconds, marking a perfect race for the team. In their first victory since the Okayama round in May 2011, it was a welcome win after an interval of one year and four months. Team IMPUL Director Kazuyoshi Hoshino commented, 'It was a long race. I never felt let down and it was thrilling right to the end. In order to win, sometimes you also need a little fate working on your side. I can hardly express my joy. We'll now concentrate on the remaining two races, and with more good results and a little luck, hopefully we'll be in a position to fight for the title.'
Meanwhile, fresh off its win in the series' previous round, the 1000-km event at Suzuka, the #1 GT-R was looking to maintain the momentum it created when it jumped to 2nd place in the championship standings. Despite carrying the heaviest handicap (86kgs) of all of the GT-Rs, Ronnie Quintarelli nonetheless defied belief when he planted the car 2nd on the grid, a mere 0.143 seconds away from the pole-sitting #12 GT-R.
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