Michael Krumm and co-driver Satoshi Motoyama secured the 2003 Japanese GT Championship at the final round of the season held at the Suzuka Circuit today.
Following a see saw season that was led from the beginning of the year by Krumm and Motoyama in the No. 23 Nissan Skyline it was a great relief to both drivers when they secured the crown in the final race.
Michael Krumm : What a great feeling to win the championship here at the last race, we have had a very difficult year, we led the championship early in the season and then dropped in the standings for the second half of the year. We have had to carry the maximum success ballast of 110 kgs for one race and then never below 70Kgs for the last half of the year and although we were still quick, we could only fight for positions instead of wins, but with Motoyama we have managed to finish all but one of the races - no driver mistakes - and this is what secured the championship for us. It is very satisfying as we have had to fight back in the last few races and I am delighted to win the GT Championship for the second time, and my third Championship here in Japan (Michael was Japanese Formula 3 Champion)
The final round of the championship saw Motoyama qualify the car in third position securing one point, closing the gap to the chamoionship leaders to five points. Motoyama started the race and held a strong third position from the beginning handing the car over to Krumm in perfect condition. Michael then held his place to bring the Nissan Skyline home in the final podium position and secure the points haul needed to win the championship.
The No. 23 Nissan Skylines main Championship rival the No.1 Toyota finished in 7th position.
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