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2011 SUPER GT : S Road MOLA GT-R wins SUGO GT race

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, July 31, 2011 | 8:15 AM


2011 SUGO GT 250 km. GT-500 Race Winners : Masataka Yanagida / Ronnie Quintarelli No. 46 S Road MOLA GT-R - NISSAN GT-R R35

MIYAGI : July 31, 2011 - The "SUGO GT 250km RACE," Round 4 of the 2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT series, took place at Sportsland SUGO circuit (one lap: 3.704 km x 68 laps) in Miyagi Prefecture on July 31. In the GT500 class race the S Road MOLA GT-R driven by Masataka Yanagida and Ronnie Quintarelli, starting from pole position and running away to a perfect win without ever being threatened by the competition.


Unlike the Saturday qualifying that had been cursed by heavy rains, today's race was run under cloudy skies but free of rain. The race started at 14:00 with the air temperature at a cool 22 degrees C. for this time of year.
Having won pole position in yesterday's qualifying in the S Road MOLA GT-R, Ronnie Quintarelli started the race from the front of the first row and executed a good start. For Quintarelli, the conditions with a dry track and low track temperature where very different from the rainy conditions he had won the pole position in the day before. Nonetheless, he was able to pull away from the pack at a fierce pace.

After all the teams had finished their routine pit stops the S Road MOLA GT-R was more than 20 seconds ahead of the DENSO SARD SC430 running in 2nd place. At the wheel of the MOLA GT-R for the second stint, Masataka Yanagida ran on steadily without losing any of that margin. This perfect pole-to-checkered victory was the team's first win since moving up to the GT500 class. The victory also put the Yanagida/Quinarelli driver pair on top of the point ranking as the eight-race series moves into its second half.
For the Nissan GT-R this was the third win this season. For Yanagida, who was champion of the GT300 class last season, this is his first victory in the GT500 class.


2011 SUGO GT 250 km. GT-300 Race Winners : Ryo Orime / Alexandre Imperatori No. 14 SG CHANGI IS350 - LEXUS IS350

In the GT300 class, the SG CHANGI IS350 driven by Ryo Orime and Alexandre Imperatori came from 3rd-position on the starting grid to give their team its first win. For the Lexus IS350 this is the third win, and the first since 2009, and for Imperatori it is his first win in SUPER GT competition.

(Spectators: 27,000)

Winner Comments


2011 SUGO GT 250 km. GT-500 Race Winners : Masataka Yanagida / Ronnie Quintarelli No. 46 S Road MOLA GT-R - NISSAN GT-R R35

No.46 S Road MOLA GT-R [GT500]

Masataka Yanagida: "It has been a long road [to this first GT500]. Time and again we came close but couldn't win. I want to take this momentum and carry it on to the coming races. I want to say how grateful I am to Nissan and Nismo and all the fans for their support, and to the team and Quintarelli for creating an environment where we were able to win. I also want to say a word of thanks to Masahiro Hasemi, who was my mentor in GT300 until last year. In the race, Ronnie had built us up such a margin of lead that there wasn't much risk, so I just tried to keep concentrated on my driving. I would say that I was more nervous during yesterday's Super Lap, even though I was just watching. I am not going to let myself be satisfied with this win, because there is more to come and our ultimate goal is to win the series title."

Ronnie Quintarelli: "[Watching from the pit] the second half of the race was a very long. The car was in such good condition that I was able to push hard from the very first lap. I believe I was able to build up a good margin of lead and the pit stop and driver change went very well with no misses on the part of the team, and then Yanagida-san managed the machine well all the way to the checkered. I was very happy to see it all. During the race it was slippery on the last curve and I had one dangerous moment. But there was enough of a margin that I was able to take it easy and run a clever race. Since the Michelin tires are known for being good in hot conditions, I was a bit worried about today's cool temperatures, but once I started racing I found their performance was excellent. I am really grateful to Michelin for that."


2011 SUGO GT 250 km. GT-300 Race Winners : Ryo Orime / Alexandre Imperatori No. 14 SG CHANGI IS350 - LEXUS IS350

No.14 IS CHANGI IS350 [GT300]

Ryo Orime: "I'm happy and relieved at the same time. We hadn't been able to deliver good results thus far this season, and personally I was feeling a bit anxious. But we didn't let it defeat us and we kept meeting as a team and worked to improve the machine. This time we were able to show good speed from the qualifying and in the race Alex [Imperatori] gave a good performance. I think all of this is evidence of how hard we have worked. That is why I am so relieved with this result. It was a clean battle between me and Takagi in car No.43 and I think it must have been an enjoyable one to watch for the fans."

Alexandre Imperatori: "I feel very happy. We didn't have a good start to this season but I am happy to say that we got a very good result this weekend. This is my first season competing in SUPER GT and it took me a while to get used to this type of race. But SUPER GT has so many more spectators and fans than the other races I have participated in Europe and in Japanese Formula 3 Championship. That gives me great motivation. This atmosphere is the greatest and I am very happy to have been able to win here. I want to keep winning like this."

2011 SUPER GT : Round 4 - SUGO GT 250 km. Race - GT 500 Race result


Po No Machine Drivers Time/Diff Lap Best lap Tire WH
1
46
S Road MOLA GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34A
Masataka Yanagida

Ronnie Quintarelli
1:33'14.162
68
1'17.420
MI
42
2
39
DENSO SARD SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Hiroaki Ishiura

Takuto Iguchi
0'22.360
68
1'18.054
MI
10
3
32
EPSON HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ryo Michigami

Yuhki Nakayama
0'23.854
68
1'18.638
DL
2
4
24
ADVAN KONDO GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34A
Hironobu Yasuda

Bjorn Wirdheim
0'35.516
68
1'18.345
YH
28
5
6
ENEOS SUSTINA SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Daisuke Ito

Kazuya Oshima
0'43.890
68
1'19.183
BS
36
6
17
KEIHIN HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Toshihiro Kaneishi

Koudai Tsukakoshi
0'45.934
68
1'19.118
BS
50
7
100
RAYBRIG HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takuya Izawa

Naoki Yamamoto
1'15.181
68
1'19.461
BS
38
8
19
WedsSport ADVAN SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Tatsuya Kataoka

Seiji Ara
1Lap
67
1'19.506
YH
22
9
36
PETRONAS TOM'S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Andre Lotterer

Kazuki Nakajima
1Lap
67
1'19.722
BS
42
10
8
ARTA HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Hideki Mutoh

Takashi Kobayashi
1Lap
67
1'19.636
BS
8
11
38
ZENT CERUMO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Yuji Tachikawa

Kohei Hirate
1Lap
67
1'19.222
BS
30
12
23
MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34A
Satoshi Motoyama

Benoit Treluyer
1Lap
67
1'19.659
BS
52
13
12
CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34A
Tsugio Matsuda

J.P.L.de Oliveira
3Laps
65
1'19.054
BS
40
Classified (GT500: 47 Laps)

35
D'STATION KeePer SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Juichi Wakisaka

Andre Couto
33Laps
35
1'19.352
BS
2

1
Weider HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takashi Kogure

Loic Duval
48Laps
20
1'19.381
BS
48


2011 SUPER GT : Round 4 - SUGO GT 250 km. Race - GT 300 Race result


Po No Machine Drivers Time/Diff Lap Best lap Tire WH
1
14
SG CHANGI IS350
LEXUS IS350 / RV8J
Ryo Orime

Alexandre Imperatori
1:33'14.532
63
1'25.756
YH


2
74
COROLLA Axio apr GT
TOYOTA COROLLA Axio / 2GR-FSE
Morio Nitta

Yuji Kunimoto
0'28.729
63
1'25.981
YH
28
3
43
ARTA Garaiya
ARTA Garaiya / VQ35DE
Shinichi Takagi

Kosuke Matsuura
0'33.138
63
1'25.983
BS
22
4
25
ZENT Porsche RSR
PORSCHE 911GT3 RSR / M97/81
Akihiro Tsuzuki

Takeshi Tsuchiya
0'57.889
63
1'26.534
YH
22
5
33
HANKOOK PORSCHE
PORSCHE 911GT3 R MY2010 / M97/79
Masami Kageyama

Tomonobu Fujii
1'00.690
63
1'26.018
HK
44
6
4
HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW
BMW Z4 GT3 / P65B44
Nobuteru Taniguchi

Taku Bamba
1'01.784
63
1'25.612
YH
68
7
11
JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP 458
Ferrari 458 GTC / F142GT2
Tetsuya Tanaka

Katsuyuki Hiranaka
1'02.632
63
1'26.044
DL
90
8
66
triple a Vantage GT2
Aston Martin V8 Vantage / V8
Hiroki Yoshimoto

Kazuki Hoshino
1'13.053
63
1'26.394
YH
40
9
5
Mach GoGoGo Syaken RD320R
VEMAC 320R / M97/77
Katsuhiko Tsutsui

Haruki Kurosawa
1Lap
62
1'26.559
YH


10
88
JLOC Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Hiroyuki Iiri

Yuhi Sekiguchi
1Lap
62
1'25.556
YH
22
11
26
Verity TAISAN Porsche
PORSCHE 911GT3 RS / M96/77
Kyosuke Mineo

Junichiro Yamashita
1Lap
62
1'26.596
YH


12
41
NetMove TAISAN Ferrari
Ferrari F430 GT / F136GT
Shinichi Yamaji

Hiroshi Koizumi
1Lap
62
1'26.471
YH
8
13
2
EVANGELION RT TEST TYPE-01 Apple Shiden
Shiden MC/RT-16 / 1UZ-FE
Kazuho Takahashi

Hiroki Katoh
2Laps
61
1'25.855
YH
10
14
7
EVANGELION RT PRODUCTION MODEL-02 DIRECTION
PORSCHE 911GT3 R MY2011 / M97/79
Carlo Van Dam

Akira Mizutani
11Laps
52
1'26.711
YH


15
86
JLOC Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Yuya Sakamoto

Takayuki Aoki
18Laps
45
1'26.794
YH
2
16
87
RIRE Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Atsushi Yogo

Manabu Orido
18Laps
45
1'26.920
YH
30
Classified (GT300: 44 Laps)


27
PACIFIC NAC IKAMUSUME Ferrari
Ferrari F430 / F136GT
Yutaka Yamagishi

Hideki Yamauchi
21Laps
42
1'26.610
YH
34


31
HASEPRO MA IWASAKI apr COROLLA
TOYOTA COROLLA Axio / 2GR-FSE
Koki Saga

Yuki Iwasaki
28Laps
35
1'27.083
YH
16


62
R&D SPORT LEGACY B4
SUBARU LEGACY B4 / EJ20
Tetsuya Yamano

Kota Sasaki
40Laps
23
1'26.154
YH
12


22
R'Qs Vemac 350R
VEMAC 350R / ZK348
Hisashi Wada

Masaki Jyonai
41Laps
22
1'27.108
YH




69
ThunderAsia MT900M
Mosler MT900M / XV
Naoki Yokomizo

Hiroki Yoshida
60Laps
3
1'25.699
YH




2011 SUPER GT - GT-500 : Drivers' Championship Standing


Po
No
Drivers
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1
46
Masataka Yanagida

Ronnie Quintarelli
5

1

15

20









41
-

82
2
17
Toshihiro Kaneishi

Koudai Tsukakoshi
11

3

11

5









30
-11

60
3
23
Satoshi Motoyama

Benoit Treluyer
6

20













26
-15

52
4
1
Takashi Kogure

Loic Duval
4



20











24
-17

48
5
6
Daisuke Ito

Kazuya Oshima


15

3

6









24
-17

48
6
100
Takuya Izawa

Naoki Yamamoto
15



4

4









23
-18

46
7
36
Andre Lotterer

Kazuki Nakajima
8

8

5

2









23
-18

46
8
24
Hironobu Yasuda

Bjorn Wirdheim
2

4

8

8









22
-19

44
9
12
Tsugio Matsuda

Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira
20















20
-21

40
10
39
Hiroaki Ishiura

Takuto Iguchi


5



15









20
-21

40
11
38
Yuji Tachikawa

Kohei Hirate
3

6

6











15
-26

30
12
19
Tatsuya Kataoka

Seiji Ara


11



3









14
-27

28
13
32
Ryo Michigami

Yuhki Nakayama
1





11









12
-29

24
14
8
Hideki Mutoh

Takashi Kobayashi


2

2

1









5
-36

10
15
35
Juichi Wakisaka

Andre Couto




1











1
-40

2


2011 SUPER GT - GT-300 : Drivers' Championship Standing


Po
No
Drivers
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1
11
Tetsuya Tanaka

Katsuyuki Hiranaka
15

15

15

4









49
-

98
2
4
Nobuteru Taniguchi

Taku Bamba
8

6

20

5









39
-10

78
3
74
Morio Nitta

Yuji Kunimoto
5

4

5

15









29
-20

58
4
33
Masami Kageyama

Tomonobu Fujii


20

2

6









28
-21

56
5
66
Hiroki Yoshimoto

Kazuki Hoshino
20





3









23
-26

46
6
43
Shinichi Takagi

Kosuke Matsuura


5

6

11









22
-27

44
7
14
Ryo Orime






20









20
-29

40
8
14
Alexandre Imperatori




-

20









20
-29

40
9
25
Akihiro Tsuzuki

Takeshi Tsuchiya


11



8









19
-30

38
10
27
Yutaka Yamagishi

Hideki Yamauchi
6



11











17
-32

34
11
87
Atsushi Yogo

Manabu Orido
11



4











15
-34

30
12
88
Hiroyuki Iiri

Yuhi Sekiguchi


3

8

1









12
-37

24
13
31
Koki Saga

Yuki Iwasaki


8













8
-41

16
14
62
Tetsuya Yamano

Kota Sasaki
3



3











6
-43

12
15
2
Kazuho Takahashi

Hiroki Katoh
4



1











5
-44

10
16
41
Shinichi Yamaji

Hiroshi Koizumi
2

2

-











4
-45

8
17
5
Haruki Kurosawa


-



2









2
-47

4
18
5
Katsuhiko Tsutsui
-

-

-

2









2
-47

4
19
86
Yuya Sakamoto

Takayuki Aoki
1















1
-48

2
20
34
Hiroshi Takamori

Michael Kim


1

-

-









1
-48

2


2011 SUPER GT - GT-500 : Teams' Championship Standing


Po
No
Team
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1
46
MOLA
8

3

18

23









52
-
82

2
17
KEIHIN REAL RACING
14

5

14

8









41
-11
60

3
23
NISMO
9

23

3

2









37
-15
52

4
6
LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS
3

18

6

9









36
-16
48

5
36
LEXUS TEAM PETRONAS TOM'S
11

11

8

4









34
-18
46

6
100
TEAM KUNIMITSU
18

2

7

7









34
-18
46

7
24
KONDO RACING
5

6

11

11









33
-19
44

8
1
Weider Honda Racing
7

1

23











31
-21
48

9
39
LEXUS TEAM SARD
2

8

3

18









31
-21
40

10
12
TEAM IMPUL
23

1

2

1









27
-25
40

11
38
LEXUS TEAM ZENT CERUMO
6

9

9

2









26
-26
30

12
19
LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH
1

14

3

5









23
-29
28

13
32
NAKAJIMA RACING
4

1

3

14









22
-30
24

14
8
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI
3

4

5

3









15
-37
10

15
35
LEXUS TEAM KRAFT
2

2

4











8
-44
2


2011 SUPER GT - GT-300 : Teams' Championship Standing


Po
No
Team
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1 11 JIMGAINER 18 18 18 7



61 - 98
2 4 GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO 11 9 23 8



51 -10 78
3 74 apr 8 7 8 18



41 -20 58
4 33 HANKOOK KTR 3 23 5 9



40 -21 56
5 43 AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI 1 8 9 14



32 -29 44
6 66 A speed 23

6



29 -32 46
7 14 Team SG CHANGI 3 1
23



27 -34 40
8 27 LMP MOTORSPORT 9 3 14




26 -35 34
9 25 SAMURAI Team TSUCHIYA
14
11



25 -36 38
10 87 JLOC 14 1 7 1



23 -38 30
11 88 JLOC
6 11 4



21 -40 24
12 31 apr 3 11 3




17 -44 16
13 62 R&D SPORT 6 1 6




13 -48 12
14 41 Team TAISAN CINECITTA 5 5 - 3



13 -48 8
15 2 Cars Tokai Dream28 7
4 1



12 -49 10
16 26 Team TAISAN CINECITTA 3 1 3 3



10 -51
17 5 TEAM MACH 1 - 3 5



9 -52 4
18 86 JLOC 4
3 1



8 -53 2
19 34 HANKOOK KTR 1 4 -




5 -56 2
20 22 R'Qs MOTORSPORTS 3 1 1




5 -56
21 69 ThunderAsia Racing 1 1 3




5 -56
22 360 TOMEI SPORTS 1 1 -




2 -59
23 7 DIRECTION RACING - - - 1



1 -60

Images : 2011 SUPER GT - R4 SUGO GT 250 km. Race

    
    
    
    

[Source : SUPER GT - Official]
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