Thursday, June 24, 2010

2010 Super GT Rd 4 Sepang

It's always interesting when Super GT heads to the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia for the only (at the moment) race outside of Japan in the fourth round of the 2010 Super GT series.  This year's race was no different.  As much as I like the track at Sepang (it was designed by the master Hermann Tilke after all) I don't think I'd ever want to visit during the racing season as it's HOT HOT HOT there.  In fact to combat the heat they actually start this race well into the afternoon to help the drivers keep cool.  I haven't watched the full race yet (in fact I haven't watched any of the full races yet...I's being bad) just the 11 minute YouTube wrap video which shows some awesome racing.

Holy crap there was some serious racing going on at Sepang this past weekend during the Super GT race.  Of course my favorite team (Good Smile Racing) wasn't there as they were busy testing their new 997 type GT3 R model which still hasn't gotten it's new wrap yet.  So with them out of it and the Zent Porsche a no-show as well I was going to root for the Hankook Porsche and hey it did pretty well in qualifying getting into third place behind pole.  Not a bad start.  Unfortuantily the Hankook Porsche didn't finish the race.  More on that later.

In the GT500 series it was the Impul Calsonic GT-R sitting at pole position and there it would stay during the race going on to claim it's first victory since the 2008 race season.  Calsonic's dry spell is over finally.  There seemed to be a bit more drama during this race than any of the ones so far this year.  A bit of Nascar bumping which ended up with cars spinning and dropping positions and ultimately receiving drive through penalties for their actions left the field in a chaotic mess until Calsonic was able to cross the finish line in first followed by the Motul for a GT-R 1-2 and finishing off the podium in third was the Weider HSV-010.  This shake up doesn't help their points standing as 4th place ENOES is still in the points lead followed by the Petronas SC400.

The drama wasn't limited to only the GT500 class, the drama was flying pretty good in the GT300 series as well. The Hankook Porsche that I was rooting for found it self in the latter part of the race getting taken out by a cheep shot from the COROLLA Axio APR that decided that it needed the entire road when the Hankook Porsche tried to pass him on the straights.  The contact between the two sent the Porsche in front of the Axio in a long sideways slide that flatspotted the Porsche's tires for good.  I don't know if any other damage happened but the driver Parked the Porsche on the side of the track and called it a day after that.  The Axio went on to claim third place in the race.  Not Cool Axio!

With the Axio in third the GT300 win went to the M7 MUTIARA MOTORS AMEMIYA SGC 7 for it's fifth win in Sepang and a great finish for it's Malaysian sponsers.  Coming in second place was the always interesting ARTA Garaiya.  With the finish of the race in Sepang we find ourselves at the midway point of the Super GT race season for 2010.  The point standing is still just about anyone's game but it's looking like the Lexus SC430s have a strong lead in GT500 again this year but the in the GT300 camp it's a close battle that actually might find the M7 MUTIARA MOTORS AMEMIYA SGC 7 leaving the scene with a Championship.  I'd like to see that actually, as for my favorite team GSR they are not dead last but so far ranked at number 18 of 23.  The team will be back in July for the fifth round of the 2010 Super GT at Sportsland SUGO with their new 997 GT3 R.  You can read this following article for a break down of the points and the winners comments --> Thai Autmaxx.

You can check out the 11 minute summary of the race here:

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