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2011 SUPER GT : First win of the season for the SC430 at Toyota's home course, Fuji Speedway!

Written By Nathen Bridgwater on Sunday, September 11, 2011 | 9:58 AM


2011 SUPER GT : R.6 Fuji Speedway GT500 Winners : Yuji Tachikawa / Kohei Hirate, #38 ZENT CERUMO SC430 - LEXUS SC430

SHIZUOKA, Japan : September 11, 2011 - The FUJI GT 250km RACE, round 6 of the 2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT, was held on Sept. 11 at Fuji Speedway (one lap 4.563 km ~ 55 laps). The winner in the GT500 class for the first time this season was the ZENT CERUMO SC430 (Yuji Tachikawa/Kohei Hirate).


The morning rain had stopped well before the race got underway exactly 14:00 and the track was dry throughout the race. The early stages of the race turned into an SC430 match race between the pole-starting DENSO SARD SC430 (Hiroaki Ishiura) and the ZENT CERUMO (Kohei Hirate) that thrilled the crowd gathered at Fuji Speedway, Toyota's home course.
In SUPER GT races, one pit stop with a driver change is mandatory. After that routine pit stop the battle between these two machines continued into the second half of the race. Running in the lead was the DENSO SARD SC430 (Takuto Iguchi) and giving chase from 2 to 3 seconds behind was the ZENT CERUMO SC430 (Yuji Tachikawa). Seeing the fast pace of the GT500 rookie Iguchi, the veteran Tachikawa (winner of eleven GT500 victories) decided to run easy on his tires and wait until the final laps to make his move. With five laps remaining in the race the gap between the two machines closed rapidly. With three laps left to go, Tachikawa drew up alongside Iguchi at the first corner and passed him brilliantly coming out of the Coca Cola Corner. From there, Tachikawa raced on to the win, the first in two and a half years for both him and the team. In contrast, Iguchi had a collision with a GT300 machine on the last turn that caused him to spin out and give up 2nd place to the CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R. With this, the SC430 camp was denied a 1-2 finish at their home course, Fuji Speedway.

This was Tachikawa's twelfth GT500 win. For Hirate, it was his first win in GT500 competition. For the Lexus SC430 this was the first win of the season and its twelfth overall.


2011 SUPER GT : R.6 Fuji Speedway GT300 Winners : Nobuteru Taniguchi / Taku Bamba, #4 HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW - BMW Z4 GT3

In the GT300 class race, the winner was the pole-starting HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW (Nobuteru Taniguchi/Taku Bamba). For Taniguchi and Bamba, this was their second pole-to-win race of the season, following their victory at the third round in Malaysia. This was the fifth win overall for BMW in GT300 class competition.
(Spectators: 27,800)

Winner Comments


2011 SUPER GT R.6 Fuji Speedway GT-500 Podium

No. 38 ZENT CERUMO SC430 [GT500]

Yuji Tachikawa: "I am very happy that we were able to win. Lately (2 1/2 years) we haven't had a win and it has been a tough season this year for all the SC430 teams. So, I am especially happy that we won here. After taking over from Hirate I was chasing Iguchi, and I discovered that he was faster than I expected. So, I decided to go easy on my tires and wait until late in the race to put the pressure on. I think that is what became the winning factor. After minimizing the wear on my tires for most of my stint, I started pushing hard. When the gap started to narrow I decided to go all the way and pass him. I want to thank all the people at Lexus, TRD and our team for preparing a car capable of winning in this way."

Kohei Hirate: "It has been two and a half years since I moved up to GT500, so I am very happy to finally get this first win. I didn't know how car No. 39 with its Michelin tires would start the race, so I was mostly watching them during the early stages of the race. Since their tires began to lose performance at about the same time as mine, I realized that they didn't have the kind of advantage people have been talking about lately. I felt that my role was to bring the machine back in good position for Tachikawa-san to race a good second half."


2011 SUPER GT R.6 Fuji Speedway GT-300 Podium

No. 4 HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW [GT300]

Nobuteru Taniguchi: "I am very relieved that we won, and in equal parts I am extremely happy about this win. It was also a great result because (our title race rival) car No. 11 no-pointed this time. The BMW Z4 does very well here at Fuji Speedway, so I was determined for us to make a podium finish and get 10 points or more from this race. In yesterday's qualifying things felt good from the start and the tire that Yokohama prepared for us matched the machine's performance very well. That gave us good performance not only on the straights, where we are always strong, but also on the turns. Once I started racing the car felt good, so I extended my stint in order to reduce the risks as much as possible before turning it over to Bamba. He also did a very good job for us out there. He next round is at Autopolis, where the Z4 doesn't do as well, but we want to keep our ranking lead so that we can go into the final round at Motegi and battle it out for the title (with car No. 11)."

Taku Bamba: "I am very happy. I am especially happy because our last win was in Malaysia and we haven't been able to win in front of our home fans until now. For this reason I am both relieved and happy. (During the first half) Taniguchi-san's tires performed well so it was decided that he would extend his stint to the 35th lap. For that reason, I was determined to run my shorter stint without giving up any of the margin of lead I had received. Now that we lead the ranking, we will be the ones the other teams will be chasing. I want to do my part to help us go into the final round still in the lead and win the championship title there."

2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Round 6 FUJI GT 250km RACE - GT 500 Race result


Po No Machine Drivers Time/Diff Lap Best lap Tire WH
1
38
ZENT CERUMO SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Yuji Tachikawa

Kohei Hirate
1:30'47.525
55
1'36.730
BS
30
2
12
CALSONIC IMPUL GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34B
Tsugio Matsuda

J.P.L.de Oliveira
0'25.468
55
1'36.958
BS
62
3
17
KEIHIN HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Toshihiro Kaneishi

Koudai Tsukakoshi
0'25.573
55
1'36.986
BS
60
4
1
Weider HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takashi Kogure

Loic Duval
0'31.496
55
1'37.108
BS
88
5
100
RAYBRIG HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Takuya Izawa

Naoki Yamamoto
0'50.303
55
1'37.511
BS
46
6
23
MOTUL AUTECH GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34B
Satoshi Motoyama

Benoit Treluyer
0'54.022
55
1'37.356
BS
68
7
46
S Road MOLA GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34B
Masataka Yanagida

Ronnie Quintarelli
1'01.088
55
1'36.997
MI
100
8
39
DENSO SARD SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Hiroaki Ishiura

Takuto Iguchi
1'05.593
55
1'36.513
MI
52
9
35
D'STATION KeePer SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Juichi Wakisaka

Andre Couto
1'11.131
55
1'37.252
BS
10
10
6
ENEOS SUSTINA SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Daisuke Ito

Kazuya Oshima
1'12.640
55
1'37.087
BS
54
11
24
ADVAN KONDO GT-R
NISSAN GT-R R35 / VRH34B
Hironobu Yasuda

Bjorn Wirdheim
1'12.696
55
1'37.351
YH
46
12
32
EPSON HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Ryo Michigami

Yuhki Nakayama
1'14.997
55
1'37.446
DL
24
13
19
WedsSport ADVAN SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Tatsuya Kataoka

Seiji Ara
1'34.041
55
1'37.563
YH
28
14
8
ARTA HSV-010
Honda HSV-010 GT / HR10EG
Hideki Mutoh

Takashi Kobayashi
4Laps
51
1'37.147
BS
14
15
36
PETRONAS TOM'S SC430
LEXUS SC430 / RV8KG
Andre Lotterer

Kazuki Nakajima
7Laps
48
1'37.225
BS
56

2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Round 6 FUJI GT 250km RACE - GT 300 Race result

Po No Machine Drivers Time/Diff Lap Best lap Tire WH
1
4
HATSUNEMIKU GOODSMILE BMW
BMW Z4 GT3 / P65B44
Nobuteru Taniguchi

Taku Bamba
1:31'53.180
51
1'44.986
YH
90
2
14
SG CHANGI IS350
LEXUS IS350 / RV8J
Ryo Orime

Alexandre Imperatori
0'19.764
51
1'45.967
YH
46
3
2
EVANGELION RT TEST TYPE-01 Apple Shiden
Shiden MC/RT-16 / 1UZ-FE
Kazuho Takahashi

Hiroki Katoh
0'25.689
51
1'45.637
YH
20
4
88
JLOC Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Hiroyuki Iiri

Yuhi Sekiguchi
0'25.990
51
1'45.836
YH
24
5
25
ZENT Porsche RSR
PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR / M97/81
Akihiro Tsuzuki

Takeshi Tsuchiya
0'27.926
51
1'46.165
YH
42
6
62
R&D SPORT LEGACY B4
SUBARU LEGACY B4 / EJ20
Tetsuya Yamano

Kota Sasaki
0'28.230
51
1'45.475
YH
52
7
27
PACIFIC NAC IKAMUSUME Ferrari
Ferrari F430 / F136GT
Yutaka Yamagishi

Hideki Yamauchi
0'30.400
51
1'46.013
YH
34
8
86
JLOC Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Yuya Sakamoto

Takayuki Aoki
1Lap
50
1'46.273
YH
4
9
66
triple a Vantage GT2
Aston Martin V8 Vantage / V8
Hiroki Yoshimoto

Kazuki Hoshino
1Lap
50
1'45.573
YH
46
10
15
ART TASTE GT3R
PORSCHE 911 GT3 R MY2011 / M97/79
Yasuhiro Shimizu

Tim Bergmeister
1Lap
50
1'45.568
HK


11
33
HANKOOK PORSCHE
PORSCHE 911 GT3 R MY2010 / M97/79
Masami Kageyama

Tomonobu Fujii
1Lap
50
1'45.994
HK
86
12
43
ARTA Garaiya
ARTA Garaiya / VQ35DE
Shinichi Takagi

Kosuke Matsuura
1Lap
50
1'46.145
BS
44
13
31
HASEPRO MA IWASAKI apr COROLLA
TOYOTA COROLLA Axio / 2GR-FSE
Koki Saga

Yuki Iwasaki
1Lap
50
1'46.432
YH
16
14
74
COROLLA Axio apr GT
TOYOTA COROLLA Axio / 2GR-FSE
Morio Nitta

Yuji Kunimoto
1Lap
50
1'46.076
YH
66
15
26
Verity TAISAN Porsche
PORSCHE 911 GT3 RS / M96/77
Hideshi Matsuda

Kyosuke Mineo
1Lap
50
1'45.690
YH


16
7
EVANGELION RT PRODUCTION MODEL-02 DIRECTION
PORSCHE 911 GT3 R MY2011 / M97/79
Carlo Van Dam

Akira Mizutani
1Lap
50
1'46.179
YH


17
5
Mach GoGoGo Syaken RD320R
VEMAC 320R / M97/77
Tetsuji Tamanaka

Haruki Kurosawa
2Laps
49
1'46.708
YH
4
18
10
Rn-sports JIMGAINER F430
Ferrari F430 / F136GT
Masayuki Ueda

Masataka Kawaguchi
2Laps
49
1'46.889
YH


19
87
RIRE Lamborghini RG-3
Gallardo RG-3 / 07L1
Atsushi Yogo

Manabu Orido
2Laps
49
1'46.967
YH
52
20
69
ThunderAsia MT900M
Mosler MT900M / XV
Melvin Choo

Hiroki Yoshida
2Laps
49
1'47.356
YH


21
41
NetMove TAISAN Ferrari
Ferrari F430 GT / F136GT
Shinichi Yamaji

Hiroshi Koizumi
7Laps
44
1'46.562
YH
8
22
11
JIMGAINER DIXCEL DUNLOP 458
Ferrari 458 GTC / F142GT2
Tetsuya Tanaka

Katsuyuki Hiranaka
9Laps
42
1'46.322
DL
100
Classified (GT300: 44 Laps)

34
HARUHIRACING HANKOOK PORSCHE
PORSCHE 911 GT3 RSR / M97/81
Hiroshi Takamori

Michael Kim
31Lap
20
1'48.680
HK
2


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

15

4





60
-

60
2
1
Takashi Kogure

Loic Duval
4



20



20

8





52
-8

52
3
12
Tsugio Matsuda

Joao Paulo Lima de Oliveira
20







11

15





46
-14

46
4
17
Toshihiro Kaneishi

Koudai Tsukakoshi
11

3

11

5



11





41
-19

41
5
23
Satoshi Motoyama

Benoit Treluyer
6

20





8

5





39
-21

39
6
38
Yuji Tachikawa

Kohei Hirate
3

6

6





20





35
-25

35
7
39
Hiroaki Ishiura

Takuto Iguchi


5



15

6

3





29
-31

29
8
100
Takuya Izawa

Naoki Yamamoto
15



4

4



6





29
-31

29
9
6
Daisuke Ito

Kazuya Oshima


15

3

6

3

1





28
-32

28
10
36
Andre Lotterer

Kazuki Nakajima
8

8

5

2

5







28
-32

28
11
24
Hironobu Yasuda

Bjorn Wirdheim
2

4

8

8

1







23
-37

23
12
19
Tatsuya Kataoka

Seiji Ara


11



3









14
-46

14
13
32
Ryo Michigami

Yuhki Nakayama
1





11









12
-48

12
14
35
Juichi Wakisaka

Andre Couto




1



4

2





7
-53

7
15
8
Hideki Mutoh

Takashi Kobayashi


2

2

1

2







7
-53

7


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


Po
No
Drivers
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1
4
Nobuteru Taniguchi

Taku Bamba
8

6

20

5

6

20





65
-

65
2
11
Tetsuya Tanaka

Katsuyuki Hiranaka
15

15

15

4

8







57
-8

57
3
33
Masami Kageyama

Tomonobu Fujii


20

2

6

15







43
-22

43
4
14
Ryo Orime






20

3

15





38
-27

38
5
14
Alexandre Imperatori




-

20

3

15





38
-27

38
6
74
Morio Nitta

Yuji Kunimoto
5

4

5

15

4







33
-32

33
7
62
Tetsuya Yamano

Kota Sasaki
3



3



20

5





31
-34

31
8
25
Akihiro Tsuzuki

Takeshi Tsuchiya


11



8

2

6





27
-38

27
9
87
Atsushi Yogo

Manabu Orido
11



4



11







26
-39

26
10
66
Hiroki Yoshimoto

Kazuki Hoshino
20





3



2





25
-40

25
11
43
Shinichi Takagi

Kosuke Matsuura


5

6

11









22
-43

22
12
27
Yutaka Yamagishi

Hideki Yamauchi
6



11





4





21
-44

21
13
2
Kazuho Takahashi

Hiroki Katoh
4



1



5

11





21
-44

21
14
88
Hiroyuki Iiri

Yuhi Sekiguchi


3

8

1



8





20
-45

20
15
31
Koki Saga

Yuki Iwasaki


8













8
-57

8
16
86
Yuya Sakamoto

Takayuki Aoki
1







1

3





5
-60

5
17
41
Shinichi Yamaji

Hiroshi Koizumi
2

2

-











4
-61

8
18
5
Haruki Kurosawa


-



2









2
-63

4
19
5
Katsuhiko Tsutsui
-

-

-

2

-

-





2
-63

4
20
34
Hiroshi Takamori

Michael Kim


1

-

-









1
-64

2
21
15
Yasuhiro Shimizu

Tim Bergmeister
-

-

-

-



1





1
-64

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

18

7





77
-
60

2
1
Weider Honda Racing
7

1

23



23

11





65
-12
52

3
12
TEAM IMPUL
23

1

2

1

14

18





59
-18
46

4
23
NISMO
9

23

3

2

11

8





56
-21
39

5
17
KEIHIN REAL RACING
14

5

14

8

1

14





56
-21
41

6
38
LEXUS TEAM ZENT CERUMO
6

9

9

2

1

23





50
-27
35

7
39
LEXUS TEAM SARD
2

8

3

18

9

6





46
-31
29

8
6
LEXUS TEAM LeMans ENEOS
3

18

6

9

6

4





46
-31
28

9
100
TEAM KUNIMITSU
18

2

7

7



9





43
-34
29

10
36
LEXUS TEAM PETRONAS TOM'S
11

11

8

4

8

1





43
-34
28

11
24
KONDO RACING
5

6

11

11

2

3





38
-39
23

12
19
LEXUS TEAM WedsSport BANDOH
1

14

3

5

1

3





27
-50
14

13
32
NAKAJIMA RACING
4

1

3

14

1

3





26
-51
12

14
8
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI
3

4

5

3

5

1





21
-56
7

15
35
LEXUS TEAM KRAFT
2

2

4



7

5





20
-57
7


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


Po
No
Team
R1
R2
R3
R4
R5
R6
R7
R8
Total
1st Diff
WH
1
4
GSR&Studie with TeamUKYO
11

9

23

8

9

23





83
-
65

2
11
JIMGAINER
18

18

18

7

11

1





73
-10
57

3
33
HANKOOK KTR
3

23

5

9

18

3





61
-22
43

4
14
Team SG CHANGI
3

1



23

6

18





51
-32
38

5
74
apr
8

7

8

18

7

3





51
-32
33

6
62
R&D SPORT
6

1

6



23

8





44
-39
31

7
25
SAMURAI Team TSUCHIYA


14



11

5

9





39
-44
27

8
87
JLOC
14

1

7

1

14

1





38
-45
26

9
43
AUTOBACS RACING TEAM AGURI
1

8

9

14

1

3





36
-47
22

10
66
A speed
23





6

1

5





35
-48
25

11
27
LMP MOTORSPORT
9

3

14



1

7





34
-49
21

12
2
Cars Tokai Dream28
7



4

1

8

14





34
-49
21

13
88
JLOC


6

11

4

1

11





33
-50
20

14
31
apr
3

11

3



1

3





21
-62
8

15
86
JLOC
4



3

1

2

6





16
-67
5

16
41
Team TAISAN CINECITTA
5

5

-

3

1

1





15
-68
8

17
26
Team TAISAN CINECITTA
3

1

3

3

1

3





14
-69


18
5
TEAM MACH
1

-

3

5



1





10
-73
4

19
69
ThunderAsia Racing
1

1

3



1

1





7
-76


20
22
R'Qs MOTORSPORTS
3

1

1



1

-





6
-77


21
34
HANKOOK KTR
1

4

-











5
-78
2

22
15
TEAM ART TASTE
-

-

-

-

1

4





5
-78
2

23
7
DIRECTION RACING
-

-

-

1



3





4
-79


24
360
TOMEI SPORTS
1

1

-



-

-





2
-81


25
10
JIMGAINER
-

-

-

-

-

1





1
-82



Images : 2011 AUTOBACS SUPER GT Round 6 FUJI GT 250km RACE

    
    
    
    
    
 

[Source : SUPER GT - Official]
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