First points for Krumm and Motoyama
The second round of the Japanese GT Championship was completed at the Fuji circuit in Japan this weekend, which falls in the middle of a Japanese Bank Holiday - Golden week. Still using a development of the 2001 car Krumm and Motoyama bought the No.22 Nissan Skyline home in seventh place, to score their first points of the season.
It was Michael's turn to qualify and he secured 14th place for the no.22 car with a time of 1'25.343. " Today was not so good, I had some balance problems with the car, but we worked through that, it may have been possible to gain a little but I think we are just about on the limit in qualifying trim. We have a very nice balance for the race set up - so I think we can get a good result on Saturday" Michael commented after qualifying on Friday afternoon.
Michael started the Nissan Skyline and immediately began attacking, gaining places in the first laps. As the race settled down Michael continued to make progress taking the No. 22 Skyline into 8th place. Following another competitors incident the safety car was deployed and Michael in a moment dived into the pits for his first stop, rejoining in fourth place. Michael held fourth place until he pitted for the final time and handing the car over to Satoshi.
Satoshi re-joined in 5th position following a tardy pit-stop which delayed the NO.22 Satoshi then picked up where Michael left off and began to attack for fourth, unfortunately as the tyres began to go off, Motoyama had a small off and slipped to seventh position which he held to the end of the 500km race.
"To score our first points is good and hopefully we can build on this in the next round and for the rest of the season. My first stint was very good and we had a very nice car today, so I am quite pleased that we made the jump from the seventh row to a good points finish." Michael commented Saturday evening.