KEIHIN NSX-GT takes its second win of the season!

Star InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar InactiveStar Inactive

The MOTEGI GT 300km RACE, Round 4 of the 2020 Super GT series was held on September 13 at Twin Ring Motegi in Tochigi Pref.

In the GT500 class, the No. 17KEIHIN NSX-GT (Koudai Tsukakoshi/Bertrand Baguette) took its second runaway win of the season just as it did in Round 2 at Fuji Speedway.

In the GT300 class, the No. 65 LEON PYRAMID AMG (Naoya Gamou/Togo Suganami) came back from a 13th grid start to take the win.

held without spectators as a countermeasure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As for the weather, the rain that had been reared never appeared and the race was held in great conditions with an air temperature of 27 degrees Celsius before the start.

In the early stages of the race, the pole-starting No. 38 ZENT GR Supra (Yuji Tachikawa) took the lead followed closely by the No. 17 KEIHIN NSX-GT (Bertrand Baguette) and the No. 64 Modulo NSX-GT (Takuya Izawa).

The superior speed of car No. 17 enabled it to pass the lead car No. 38 at an opportune moment when it got caught behind GT300 class back markers. Once in the lead, No. 17 expanded its lead over No. 38 in 2nd place.

During the race the Safety Car was brought out twice, and even though each time car No. 17 suffered by losing its margin of lead, but during the second stint the second driver Tsukakoshi was able to stretch out the team’s lead again with his inherent speed. In the end he was able to take the win with a big 8-second lead over car No. 38 (Hiroaki Ishiura).

For the team, it was their second win of the season following the win at Fuji in Round 2, and it took the No. 17 KEIHIN NSX-GT driver pair of Tsukakoshi and Baguette to the top of the Driver ranking. Finishing the race 2nd was the No. 38 ZENT GR Supra (Yuji Tachikawa/ Hiroaki Ishiura), while 3rd place went to the No.16 Red Bull MOTUL MUGEN NSX-GT (Hideki Mutoh/Ukyo Sasahara).

The top finisher among the NISSAN GT-R NISMO GT500 cars was the No. 3 CRAFTSPORTS MOTUL GT-R (Kohei Hirate/Katsumasa Chiyo) in 7th place.

360 RUNUP RIVAUX GT-R (Takayuki Aoki/Yusaku Shibata) built up a lead over the pack. But by the time all of the cars had finished their routine pit stops, the leader was Gamou in the No. 65 LEON PYRAMID AMG (Naoya Gamou/Togo Suganami) that had succeeded in a big jump up from a 13th-position start.

For this team that has won two out of its three races at Motegi since 2017, they succeeded in winning their first victory of the season thanks to a strategy of making no tire change in their routine pit stop. Car No. 360, which had held 2nd place until the last stages of the race came to a stop before the finish due to machine trouble.

This gave 2nd place to the No. 88 JLOC Lamborghini GT3 (Takashi Kogure/Yuya Motojima) and 3rd place went to the No. 61 SUBARU BRZ R&D SPORT (Takuto Iguchi/Hideki Yamauchi).