Championship: Japanese Grand Touring
Event: Round One 14 April
First Round Finish for Krumm and Motoyama.
The first round of the demanding Japanese GT Championship was uneventful for Michael Krumm and his co-driver Satoshi Motoyama. Using a development of the 2001 car they bought the no.22 Nissan Skyline home in eleventh place.
Satoshi was responsible to qualify the car for the first round and did a very good job to secure 5th position and the fastest time of the Nissan Skylines.
Michael made one of his usual good starts and held his position from the rolling start. He challenged for fourth briefly but then was forced to work very hard to maintain his track position and defend several attacks, prior to pitting and handing the car over to Satoshi.
Satoshi re-joined in 11th position following a tardy pit-stop which delayed the NO.22 car by 15 seconds, due to a problem with one wheel gun. Satoshi then picked up where Michael left off and drove a good race to bring the car home in 11th.
" We had a very uneventful weekend really, the car was very good and Satoshi did a great job to qualify in fifth position. From the start I thought I could make a few places, but in race set up we are a little off the pace, hampered by our choice of too soft a tyre. We are using an evolution of the 2001 car, when we have the full spec 2002 car later in the season I am sure we will be right on it for both qualifying and race. " commented Michael.