Fourth Place at Sepang for Michael and Satoshi.
The fourth round of the Japanese GT Championship, was held this weekend in Sepang, Malaysia using the full Grand Prix course at the impressive facility close to the capital Kuala Lumpur. This was the third visit of the Japanese GT competitors to Malaysia, but for the first time as a championship event. Nismo elected to take 2001 Spec Cars to this fly away event and save the 2002 spec cars which still need some development.
Michael qualified the No. 22 Nissan Skyline in 11th position having taken the gamble to save a second set of tyres for the second session. "I was not too happy with the balance of the car in the first session, so I elected to save a set of tyres for the second session, but it got a lot hotter and overall it was a slower session, so we did not improve our position. I am sure we can get into the points and score well from here, but it will be tough to get a podium finish from here." Michael commented Saturday evening.
Satoshi started the car and immediately gained places from the drop of the flag, several cars in front of him spun in the first lap and this helped to jump him up to fourth position as the race settled down.
Michael took over the car in fourth position and fought hard to catch the third place Toyota Supra, but could not close the gap significantly so settled for a strong points finish.
"Today's race was fairly uneventful for us, Satoshi made a great start and took advantage of the confusion in the first lap to get us up the order. But we have some good points and will have the 2003 spec car again for the next round so hopefully we can mount a serious attack in the second half of the season" Michael commented.